Trustee (Voluntary Opportunities) – Twycross

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Trustee (Voluntary Opportunities)
Twycross Zoo first opened to the public on 26th May 1963 by our founders Molly Badham and Nathalie Evans. Together they had a profound love for primates, and the zoo was founded to fulfil their dream of protecting primates and setting standards - which were to be followed by zoos around the world for years to come.

We have come a very long way since then. As a registered charity, we welcome over six hundred thousand visitors every year to experience some 400 animals which include the largest chimpanzee family in the UK and the biggest primate collection in the world. We are the only zoo in Europe to house all 4 great apes – Gorilla, Orangutan, Bonobo, and Chimpanzee, and we care for some of the most endangered species and precious lives to the highest welfare standards, including Sumatran Tigers, Amur Leopards and Snow Leopards. Lemur Walk Through, Butterfly Forest and Lorikeet Landing were opened in 2014, and in 2015, our Giraffe Savannah, Gibbon Forest, Wet & Wild Lodge and Wet Play developments were opened. In 2017, we opened Chimpanzee Eden followed by our new Tiger Exhibit in 2019. In addition, we have a major visitor centre, Himalaya, and multiple catering and retail outlets. Our latest attraction, the £5million Gruffalo Discovery Land, was opened at Easter this year and has been an instant hit with our younger visitors and families, adding to their enjoyment of their day at the zoo as well as further education and hands on experience as they tour the attraction.

We are at the forefront of conservation, education and research, with a strong commitment to our award-winning education programme, aiming to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and understanding of visitors about our animals and their plight in the wild. Last year Twycross Zoo was awarded over £18million from the UK Governments levelling up programme in order to build a National Science and Conservation Centre (NSCC) and this latest mega project is continuing in earnest, moving from planning this year, to construction commencing in 2023 and completion by the end of 2024.

Would you love to be a Trustee for our zoo?
There has never been a more exciting time to become a Trustee and be part of the team at Twycross Zoo. We have been experiencing a substantive period of growth over the last few years, come through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and have been continually maintaining an ongoing programme of major investment, which will be sure to catapult the zoo from a leading regional attraction to a major national attraction. As a Trustee, you will be a key contributor to help continue that strong growth and ensure the continued recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. Opportunities to join our Board of Trustees are available to start in December 2022. These are voluntary positions, with a commitment of approximately 8 days per year.

We are governed by our Board of Trustees, taking on the following responsibilities:
• Establishing the strategic direction of Twycross Zoo, including our mission and strategies
• Ensuring we operate within a strong governance framework and the broad policies of Twycross Zoo are in keeping with our objectives and strategies
• Monitoring and evaluating the progress of the zoo against objectives and financial targets
• Employing and supervising a Chief Executive and delegating the management of the zoo
• Reaching a wider public and helping fund our charity objectives and our investment plans

You’ll join the existing Trustees to provide additional challenge and energy to help shape and lead the strategy and vision for the future, acting as a role model for the organisation’s values and positively representing the organisation externally. We need strong communicators, collaborative and tenacious people what will be enthused and passionate about this opportunity. They will also need to be flexible and agile in the way they work with us.

As part of a governance review, we have identified a series of opportunities to strengthen the knowledge, experience and skills of the Board, at a senior level, in the following areas:
• Finance / Accountancy / Commercial
• Senior business management inc. marketing
• Conservation
• Sustainability

Furthermore, as advocates of diversity and inclusion we would be particularly welcome applications from:
• Women
• Black, Asian or minority ethnic candidates
• Candidates from the LGBTQ+ community
• Candidates with disabilities
We match charity needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We do this because we appreciate the benefits of greater diversity across the charity.

The term of elected Trustees is 3 years, and you should be available for a minimum of 8 days per year for meetings at Twycross Zoo, plus attendance at occasional events and contact in between prominent meetings. Although the position is unremunerated, reasonable expenses will be covered.

A message from Rt Hon Geoff Hoon, Chair, Board of Trustees:
“Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project. Our strategic plan will see us continue to develop new habitats for a refreshed animal collection and enhanced visitor experience and place us firmly on the map as a destination of choice for a fun-filled educational day out. It’s the reason why we’re transforming at such a pace.

With our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues at the heart of everything we do, we aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, and remain at the heart of conservation. The current Trustee Board consists of professionals with varied and senior professional backgrounds - we sincerely hope that you will want to join us too”

How to apply
Please submit your CV and a covering letter which states how your attributes and skills match what we are looking for, your reasons for wanting to join our Board of Trustees, and what you would hope to achieve.

Please note that initial shortlisting will be completed by the 20th of October, and we will be in contact with all applicants in due course after this date. Interviews will take place at the end of October for appointment at December Board.

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