Join the West of England Nature Partnership as an Independent Chair

The West of England Nature Partnership (WENP) is looking for a dynamic and influential Independent Chair to help achieve its mission of creating a thriving natural environment in the West of England. As the Local Nature Partnership, WENP brings together local and regional government, environmental charities, water companies, regulators, and many other organisations to support nature’s recovery.

About WENP

Since starting in 2012, WENP has grown in influence and impact. Now, it’s entering a critical phase of strategic delivery through to 2030. The main focus is on creating a Nature Recovery Network for the region, guided by the upcoming Local Nature Recovery Strategy and delivered by the Partnership securing significant investment in large-scale and impactful projects.

Role of the Independent Chair

  • Steer: Oversee a diverse and experienced partnership, fostering an inclusive environment.

  • Facilitate: Encourage discussions that drive action across partners and sectors.

  • Advocate: Use regional influence to promote the Partnership’s goals and increase impact.

  • Represent: Act as the face of WENP, engaging with senior decision-makers and stakeholders.

  • Govern: Chair four Board meetings annually, along with other ad hoc meetings, ensuring strategic alignment and action.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • A strategic, “big picture” thinker with senior-level experience.

  • Collaborative and consensus-based decision-maker.

  • Strong regional networks and understanding of nature recovery challenges and opportunities.

  • Commercial acumen and insight into regional development.

  • Deep personal commitment to the natural environment.

Additional Information

  • Term: 3 years, with potential for re-appointment.

  • Commitment: Approximately 2 days per month.

  • Expenses will be paid plus optional annual honorarium of up to £3,000.

Diversity statement:

WENP are committed to building an inclusive and diverse partnership. Whatever your background, we welcome your application.

Read the full WENP Chair role description

Application Process:

Apply via Be On Board: Independent Chair at West of England Nature Partnership – BeOnBoard
Interested candidates should send a CV and an expression of interest by 31 July 2024.

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