We are searching for new Trustees to join us in 2022

Could you help the fight for healthy rivers and shape our charity over the next few years?

Our Trustees oversee everything the charity does, making sure we are fit for purpose and can rise to challenges our local rivers face. Trustees are the most senior volunteers in the charity and work together to steer and shape what we do – with ultimate responsibility for the charity’s success or failure.

All you need to do to apply is fill in the quick form below… we will do the rest.

It has never been a better time to be part of the exciting Rivers Trust movement, and we are delighted to invite your application.

We are looking for people with diverse perspectives, so we welcome people with no experience (or loads!). If you are still unsure, you’ll find more information about what the role is about below the form. Deadline: 29 November (23:59)

Expression of Interest Form (Trustee 2022)
Use this form to express an interest in becoming a new Trustee in 2022. We only ask a few simple questions, and will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Once you have submitted, we will be in touch.
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A message from the Board of Trustees:


Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee and joining us on the Board of Directors.

We are small charity with big ambitions. We rely upon our Board of Trustees and Directors to devote their time to develop the organisation and manage our charitable activities. Trustees are involved in all aspects of our work, from designing new projects to ensuring the general administration of the business runs smoothly. Trustees take ultimate responsibility for everything the organisation does, and must ensure compliance with all of our legal duties.

If you are interested in getting involved you will need a lot of drive and commitment, and be ready to wade up to your hips into all aspects of the charity. It can be demanding, but it also has many rewards, it has never been a better time to be involved with our organisation. And we are keen for new people with fresh new ideas and a passion for the water environment to join our exiting group of Trustees. It is important you can also work with us where ‘we are at’ too; Trustees are the doers of the Trust! You’ll need to be pragmatic, energetic, and keen to get your ‘feet wet’. We are small but friendly bunch, and we are looking for people who can work with us to develop the Trust, and take on new and exciting challenges ahead!

If this sounds like you, we’d encourage you to submit an expression of interest! But first we think it would be a good idea for you to get to grips with the core meaning of what it is to be a charity Trustee, follow the links below for some great resources, guidance, and case studies:

  1. The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do
  2. Charity trustee: what’s involved
  3. Trustees Week: becoming a Trustee
  4. The Young Trustees Movement

Once you are happy, please read through the rest of this document which will guide you through how to apply and what to expect.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Trustees
Calder Rivers Trust

The Trust was formed in 2009, and since then has been involved in many project and activities across the catchment, we have broad range of interests from planning issues, to fish passage, to survey and monitoring work, to engagement of young people.

We have a range of live projects either currently being delivered or in development (and not all are published on our website).

We aim to conserve and protect the waterways throughout the Calder river catchment. We aim to educate the public, particularly children, in:
1. the understanding of rivers, including their fauna, flora and economic or social activity, and river catchment management.
2. the need for, and benefits of, conservation, protection, rehabilitation and improvement of aquatic environments.

You can find out more here: About Us

We are keen to receive expressions of interest from anyone keen to join.

However, our Board needs to reflect and represent not only the diverse areas of work we are involved in, but also the communities and places the charity works to benefit. We are especially keen to hear from people with backgrounds and experience in areas currently underrepresented on our Board.

Younger people are especially under represented so if you are aged 18-35 we’d be really keen to see you apply for this role.

Being a Trustee can be hugely rewarding, but is not for everyone, It can take a lot of time and commitment, especially in small organisations like ours, where Trustees are responsible for the day-to day operations, so we we’ll need to make sure you are aware of the main duties and responsibilities you will have.

You should take time to read the ‘Trustee Role Description’ found here.

The six core responsibilities of a charity Trustee are as follows:

  • Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  • Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
  • Act in your charity’s best interests
  • Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
  • Act with reasonable care and skill
  • Ensure your charity is accountable

Please note: Trustee roles are unpaid, however eligible expenses are paid in line with our policy and at the discretion of the Board.

Recruitment process explained…

We aim to keep this recruitment process and efficient and simple as possible.

The pace of how each step progresses will be dictated by the candidate, the Board, and our meeting cycles. We will keep you informed along the way.

The process is outlined below:

Stage 1

Read materials

You are encouraged to read through all the information and materials provided here. If you still have questions – please get in touch. Once you are happy that a Trustee role is right for you, we invite you to submit the Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

Stage 2


Once you have submitted the Expression of Interest Form, a member of our team will read through the information provided and contact you to discuss further.

Stage 3

Meet up

An informal meet up will be arranged with you and a members of our team. This is a chance to meet face to face (but probably over video) and discuss the work of the Trust, how we operate, and our future plans, in much more detail. It is also a chance for you to highlight areas of specific work they would be keen to be involved in.

Stage 4


Following the meet up you will be invited to the next Board Meeting, where the current Trustees may ask you some questions, or present a short presentation. don’t let this put you off – we’ll make sure it is done in a way best for you. This is chance for you to meet other Board members, observe the meeting, and ask any questions of us.

Stage 5


If all the requirements are met, and each party is happy to progress, the Chair will propose you be elected to the Board. A vote will take place to then duly elect you. When the vote is passed the candidate will then be a Board member and start work on their duties of the role. Inductions and support will be provided by other Board members.

The decision not to proceed to any stage or terminate the process may be taken by the Board at any time. You may also be asked to provide references and complete other paperwork.

Once you are ready, and have read through all the information we have provided, we would encourage you to complte the ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) form above as soon as possible.

Once you have completed and submitted the form, we will be in touch.

Your form should reach us by 11.59pm on Monday 29th November 2021.

Please note, while there is a deadline for which your EOI should reach us, the position(s) will only remain open until filled, so we encourage you to submit your form as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about this or would like to speak to someone in person, please send us an email to trustees@calderandcolneriverstrust.org

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hopefully working with you soon.

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