Charity Trustee

Our rivers are facing a crisis, besieged by development, urban and agricultural runoff, the discharge of raw sewage and the relentless exploitation of water resources. As climate change exacerbates droughts and floods, the very essence of our rivers, and the life they sustain, hangs in the balance.

At the South East Rivers Trust (SERT) we are working hard to respond urgently to this crisis. We believe that when rivers thrive so do people and nature. Our vision is that rivers in the south east are clean, healthy and rich in biodiversity. Our mission is to protect and restore rivers and catchments and provide increased resilience to a dramatically changing climate and the many pressures our precious rivers face. Our ambition is to grow our organisational capacity to be even more effective in each of the 12 river catchments in our footprint.

The Board of Trustees is SERT’s governing body, responsible for setting SERT’s strategic direction and providing oversight. We have a strong and committed group of Trustees who bring a wealth of experience and expertise.

Following a review, we are seeking three new Trustees to join the Board who will bring expertise in one of the following areas:

  • Farming, Agriculture, Landownership
  • Design and delivery of large technical or engineering-based projects
  • Environment Agency/water company/relevant government background
  • Community engagement

SERT seeks to be as representative as possible of the communities we serve and we particularly welcome interest from candidates from groups currently under-represented on the Board of Trustees.

Please see the SERT Trustee recruitment pack 2024 which contains information about SERT and the role of our Trustees. We look forward to hearing about how you could help us achieve our vision.

Recruitment Process

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter (max two sides of A4) setting out how you meet the above criteria and what you would bring to the role to [email protected]. The deadline is 14th July 2024.

Please also complete and return the SERT Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form_Trustees (optional).

Candidates will be shortlisted against the person specification and judged solely on merit. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in September.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the role further, please contact us at [email protected].

Download application documents


  • Organisation: South East Rivers Trust
  • Salary: Volunteer role
  • Location: Mostly online, with meetings in Leatherhead and London
  • Closing date: 14 July 2024
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