We’re passionate about making the countryside a better place for everyone to enjoy. Our vibrant team of volunteers inspire people to care for and enjoy the benefits of the countryside wherever they live.

Volunteering with us is a fantastic opportunity to be involved with a dynamic organisation championing environmental issues such as the climate crisis, renewable energy, biodiversity and sustainable transport.

With your support we can do even more! As a vice chair of our board of trustees you’ll have an essential role in the development of our charity and will deputise for the chair when required.

Our friendly team will provide you with training and support to develop in your role. You’ll gain valuable skills and experience in leadership and this is an ideal stepping-stone if you’d like to be chair of a charity in the future.

 More about this role

Volunteer roleVice chair
Volunteer managerChair
Where you will be basedCommunity

Why we want you

By volunteering with us you’ll be helping to find positive solutions for the issues facing the countryside and the environment.

As vice chair you’ll be a member of our trustee board/executive committee and leadership team. You’ll work closely with the chair and treasurer to oversee the future direction and development of the charity.

By applying your skills and experience you can make a real difference and be a central part of a friendly and passionate charity.

We’re looking for volunteers with management skills and some previous trustee experience.

What you will be doing

  • Contributing to the development of all aspects of the charity including governance, campaigning, promotion and fundraising
  • Supporting the chair to provide leadership to the board of trustees
  • Deputising for the chair when required
  • Being an active committee member by attending meetings and contributing ideas
  • Meeting with the general public, partner organisations, politicians and local government officers
  • Ensuring compliance with constitutional and governance requirements and Charity Commission guidance
  • Managing any staff, volunteers and contractors
  • Using your skills, experience and local contacts to promote our work
  • Being a positive advocate for CPRE and encouraging others to support our work
  • Safeguarding the reputation and values of our charity

The skills you need

  • A commitment to CPRE policies, campaigns and initiatives
  • Good leadership, management and organisational skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills including diplomacy, impartiality, fairness, respect and confidentiality
  • Previous experience of committee work (paid or voluntary)
  • Have access to a computer and the internet at home and be confident using them
  • Some knowledge of the charity and voluntary sector
  • Be able to commit to volunteering regularly to suit your availability, including attendance at meetings
  • We ask that all trustees are, or are willing to become, members of CPRE

What’s in it for you

  • Use your skills and experience to contribute to the success of our charity and make a positive difference to the countryside
  • Meet like-minded people and enjoy being part of a team
  • Enhance your CV by developing new skills and gaining valuable experience
  • We’ll support you to develop in your volunteering role and provide you with relevant training
  • We’ll give you a reference for your future work or volunteering
  • Get involved with events and workshops on a local and national level, including the annual CPRE conference
  • The opportunity to attend a volunteer induction day at CPRE’s national office in London or a regional centre
  • We provide out-of-pocket travel expenses