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Fundraising Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Combination of remote working, videoconferencing and in person meetings.
  • Closing 29th February 2024

  • Advertised from 1st February 2024


Join us to create a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued

This is your chance to be part of an organisation working with passionate people to deliver a positive impact on the environment.

The current Board has ten members, Trustees work together, and with the executive team, with a spirit of openness and trust. We recruit individuals skilled in their field to fulfil the Board’s governance role who are also passionate about nature, species conservation and bumblebees!

We’re very proud of our inclusive culture at the Trust – we care as much about what you have the potential to do as what you have already done, and we welcome applications from those who are new to trusteeship as well as those with previous experience. We want to hear how your lived experience will give us a better representation at Board level of the diverse audiences we seek to inspire to take action for bumblebees.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a science-led organisation established in 2006 because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years, our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.

Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. We have a vision to create a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued.

Our current five-year strategy, launched in April 2019, sets out four main aims to focus our work:

• Enhance the understanding of bumblebee ecology and conservation.

• Increase the quality and quantity of bumblebee habitat.

• Inspire and enable a diverse range of people to take action for bumblebees.

• Be an effective and sustainable organisation.

Our Head of Fundraising & Engagement is supported by a 20 strong team of fundraising, communications and volunteering professionals, with a fundraising culture embedded across the Trust. Funds are generated to support the core activities of the Trust and to enable the delivery of specific projects.

The Trust raises funds from a variety of primary sources: Grants - typically restricted for specific projects; Charitable trusts – for both core activities or projects; Legacies; Membership fees – from individuals/families and businesses; Donations – from individuals and businesses; Merchandise and Consultancy with Trust expert staff providing services to landowners, managers and developers.

The Trust is in a strong position with reserves to support our plans to continue to grow in a sustainable fashion and we are collectively working on developing the new strategy for launch in spring 2024. We currently employ 60 staff, in full and part time roles, with an annual turnover of ca. £1.5 - 2m. The work of the Trust is supported by 7,500 members. You can read more about our strategy and work at

Background: A background in any or multiple areas of fundraising such as individual giving, community, corporate, trusts & foundations, major donors.

Role Summary:To assist the Board to see the bigger picture; to sit on the Fundraising & Engagement Committee and bring a fresh perspective to the Trust’s fundraising plans and strategies. Support the organisation’s digital transformation programme and support our engagement and fundraising teams to explore new opportunities and reach out to new diverse audiences.

If you feel you could contribute your skills and experience of fundraising to the strategic leadership of the Trust, then we would very much like to hear from you.

Application notes

A Recruitment Pack is available for download below.

Closing date of 29th of February 2024 at 10am.