Trustees and Committee Lay Members

Bristol Zoological Society is world-famous.  Established in 1835, Bristol Zoological Society is a charity dedicated to saving wildlife together.  We do this through conservation action and engaging people with the natural world. We achieve our mission through operating two zoos, Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, engaging with guests, formal and informal education programmes and through a series of science and conservation programmes.

A new strategy for the Society is currently being developed and we are looking for two new trustees to join the Society to help take our vision forward. 

We are also looking for a small number of lay members to join two of our Trustee Sub-Committees.

These are high profile and rewarding voluntary roles which offer individuals the opportunity to make a significant contribution to our vision and mission and at the same time expand and enhance their own professional experience, expertise and networks.  Trustees and committee members will work with senior executives from the Society alongside other trustees from a wide variety of backgrounds.  We want our trustees to reflect the wide range of diverse communities who live and work in Bristol.

All roles are voluntary and unpaid. Previous experience is not required as appropriate induction and training will be given.

Trustees

  • The Trustee Board meets in Bristol for two full days plus four evening meetings each year and trustees also attend the Society’s Annual General Meeting. 
  • We are particularly interested in attracting leaders with experience in the following areas:
    • Individuals who are involved with Bristol local communities and can help us ensure that our two zoos will be places for everyone in the city.
    • Individuals with recent experience gained from a consumer business sector e.g. retail, leisure or hospitality.
    • Qualified accountant from a business or commercial background.
    • Individuals with experience in consumer digital media and marketing
  • The term of office for trustees is three years with the potential to extend for two further appointments of three years.

Lay member of Finance & Business Committee

  • The Finance & Business Committee’s role is to support the board in ensuring that we provide an excellent visitor experience through a sound business model. 
  • We would particularly like to hear from individuals with commercial finance, visitor attraction, marketing, strategic planning, performance management, digital, investment or fundraising experience. 
  • The committee meets five times a year in Bristol. 

Lay member(s) of Audit & Risk Committee

  • The Audit & Risk Committee’s role is to support the board in its responsibilities of risk, control and governance and associated assurance. 
  • We would particularly like to hear from individuals who are a qualified accountant with a background in audit or senior leaders with expertise in risk management and governance.  
  • The Committee meets three times a year in Bristol.

To register your interest and request more information on these roles, please contact Kristina Haldane (tel: 0117 428 5302 or email: khaldane@bristolzoo.org.uk).

Closing date for applications is noon on Friday 4 January 2019.  A shortlist of applicants will be invited to meet the Chair of Trustees, the Chief Executive and other trustees towards the end of January 2019. 

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