Board Member

Contract Type
Unrenumerated, reasonable travel expenses covered
Job Description

Board member - Friends of the Earth

Volunteer status: No salary, reasonable travel expenses covered

Duration: initially 3 years – expected commitment of four board meetings per year plus annual away days

Location: Northern Ireland – usually 3 meetings are held in London and 2 outside London

As we strive to protect the environment and tackle the climate emergency at this critical time, we are seeking to appoint a Board member based in Northern Ireland to join the Friends of the Earth Board.

About Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is a global environmental movement standing with anyone who cares about the world we live in. We work with local groups, experts, business leaders and politicians to campaign for change on a wide range of environmental issues. Over the course of Friends of the Earth’s history, we have been at the forefront of exciting and crucial campaigns, from pioneering recycling in the 1980s to challenging road building in the 1990s, and more recently to standing up against fracking and plastic pollution. Our new campaigns are directed towards achieving urgent climate action in order to prevent catastrophic damage to our planet. Our organisational strategy highlights that, in order to do this, we must support and enable a wide range of communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are therefore looking to appoint someone with a strong understanding of Northern Ireland to complement existing board members based in England and Wales.

About the role

Sharing responsibility with other Board members, this role involves scrutiny of our strategy and its delivery. It includes overseeing the organisation in making a long-term, sustainable impact on the environment and helping ensure that a perspective from Northern Ireland is held within our governance structure. We are particularly interested in individuals who have expertise in senior leadership and/or financial experience.  

Main responsibilities

The role involves the following key areas, working with fellow Board members under the direction of the Chair:

  • Supporting and guiding the mission and values of Friends of the Earth
  • Providing strategic direction and advice for the organisation
  • Fulfilling legal responsibilities as a director under company law
  • Fundraising, financial management and compliance
  • Assessing risks and mitigating actions
  • Supporting and constructively challenging our senior leadership team


Key skills and attributes

The key attributes for this role are:

  • Strong interest in and commitment to Friends of the Earth’s values and environmental goals
  • Understanding of the socio-political landscape in Northern Ireland
  • Based in Northern Ireland

The ideal candidate would hold some of or a combination of the following skills and experiences:

  • Financial experience, including accountancy or a similar qualification
  • Experience at the senior management level of organisational effectiveness and delivery in a large organisation (whether public, private or third sector)
  • Governance / Board experience of medium to large organisations
  • Experience of people management / human resources
  • Understanding or experience of environmental protection in Northern Ireland
  • Involvement with community action

Being a member of the Friends of the Earth Board is a highly rewarding experience and you’ll play a vitally important role.

If you feel you have the skills required to add value to the Board and to help Friends of the Earth achieve its environmental objectives, then we invite you to send your CV, along with a supporting statement explaining how you could make a difference, to

Applications will be reviewed up submission.

 If invited to interview, we are happy to reimburse travel expenses.

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. We are keen to encourage applications from people currently under represented in the environment movement and on our Board, including BAME, disabled people and LGBTQI+ people.

Additional Documentation
Closing Date
30 September 2019