Do you have a passion for community-centred environmental education, plus the skills and personality to help steer our small but impactful charity as one of our new trustees? If so, the Creekside Education Trust would like to hear from you.


We are a unique charity which owns and runs the Creekside Discovery Centre on the banks of Deptford Creek. We are a successful wildlife conservation charity with a vision for building a vibrant community in the heart of London where people and wildlife can thrive. We do this through: 

  • Habitat management of our grounds and intertidal zones. We do what we preach
  • Assisting adult learning on the value of these habitats, Deptford Creek and the local area
  • A formal education programme of adventurous, hands-on learning for schools, colleges and universities
  • Delivering activities for family learning
  • Working with developers to improve land management in the area
  • Working with volunteers who strengthen these outputs and make them possible

We may be small, but we have a big impact. Since opening in 2002 we’ve welcomed 50,000 visitors. At our peak 7,000 people per year have had a chance to wade safely in Deptford Creek, equipped with wading boots, waterproof coats and walking sticks. There is nowhere else in London where you can wade out onto the tidal river bed in this way. We also work with developers to share our knowledge and expertise, protecting biodiversity and improving land management in the area.



We seek new trustees to join our board. Belief in the mission and work of the charity is essential, as is a strong commitment to helping us achieve our aims. You’ll offer good judgement, a positive attitude and, ideally (but not essentially), experience in areas such as governance, fundraising, built and wild environment, and management. Previous experience of being a trustee or serving on the management committee of a community organisation or small business is preferred, but not required. 

The board meets six times a year (virtually or in person). This is an unremunerated role, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

We will be recruiting new trustees on a rolling basis over spring/summer. Those interested in the role should send a cover letter and CV to The charity is striving to become more representative of the area we serve, and particularly welcomes applications from candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds, as well as from people from LGBTQ+ communities, women and people with disabilities. Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either the application or interview stage, please contact us.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact