We have changed our name to Love Leeds Parks. Read why here.

Love Leeds Parks Seeks Trustees

March 2021

Love Leeds Parks is an independent charity, set up to increase investment and engagement in Leeds’ public parks and green spaces. It is part of the growing national ‘Parks Foundations’ movement. There are many benefits to having well-managed green spaces, including for health and wellbeing, wildlife and the environment, community cohesion and just generally making the city a good place in which to live.

Funds will be raised for identified green space projects of strategic significance for the city, such as tree-planting and the commissioning of play-equipment, as well as to award grants to community groups for the enhancement of their local park or green space. Funds will come from grants, alongside voluntary donations made by businesses, residents and visitors to Leeds.

We are seeking high-calibre individuals, from a wide range of backgrounds representing the people of Leeds, who together will form a new Board of Trustees, working on a voluntary, unpaid basis.

Why We Need You

We want to hear from you if you have a passion for public green spaces and the drive to contribute to their enhancement for the benefit of Leeds’ communities. We need people who are well-connected around the city, and who are willing to develop relationships in order to help to improve the city’s parks and green spaces for future generations.

The Board will need a Chair and Secretary/Administrator, along with a diverse team of Trustees, demonstrating a range of knowledge and skills, including:

  • fundraising
  • legal, especially charity law
  • marketing
  • website management
  • experience of the private sector, including aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility

In terms of personal qualities, we are seeking approachable, confident, active individuals who are well-organised and willing to commit an average of one day per month to help the charity to grow.

For more information about the role of a trustee, see www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved

What will you be doing and what skills do you need?

Ideally, you should have experience of being a trustee, or a non-executive or senior manager. There will be some strategic planning to be done, with decisions made collectively by the Board, so proven team-working skills will be essential. Experience of working with communities, networking and a willingness to develop relationships to help to secure funding from private individuals, trusts and companies will also be important.

An expression of interest will be required (no more than 2xA4 pages) along with a copy of your CV.  Applications should be emailed to info@loveleedsparks.org.uk by 5pm on the 16th April.

For more information and enquiries about this opportunity, and to apply, please contact Hannah Coyle by email at info@loveleedsparks.org.uk or by phone on 07414295782.