Trustee Vacancies

Are you passionate about bumblebees, wild pollinators and their habitats?

Do you have the skills and motivation to help us reverse the declining pollinator communities?

We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board and help lead the Trust's work, particularly in the areas of Fundraising, Pollinator science and HR.  The Trust is entering an exciting period of growth and you would help to achieve the Trust’s goals and to ensure that the charity is managed effectively.

You would need to commit the necessary time and to have both a strategic vision and an ability to provide independent judgement. 


The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee'.  In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have declined and two species have become nationally extinct.  The Trust is a science-based, UK wide charity, operating in all the devolved countries, concerned with halting and reversing the decline in bumblebees and other pollinating insects.

We have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy. A growing number of committed supporters are helping our small team of staff to make a difference. We have over 10,000 members and are growing fast.

We are working toward three main aims:

  • Supporting the conservation of all bumblebees, rare or abundant.
  • Raising awareness and increasing understanding about bumblebees and the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits which they and other pollinators provide.
  • Ensuring BBCT is sustainable, fit for purpose, and able to respond quickly to challenges and change.


We are governed by a Board of Trustees which takes on the following responsibilities:

  • To establish the overall direction of the Trust including its mission and strategies.
  • To ensure that the Trust functions within legal and financial requirements.
  • To ensure that the broad policies of the Trust are in keeping with its aims and strategies.
  • To work to ensure that the Trust has the resources, both human and financial, to achieve its aims and strategies.
  • To monitor and evaluate the progress of the Trust against its aims and financial targets.
  • To employ and supervise a CEO and delegate to her the management of the Trust

The essential attributes we require in a Trustee are:

  • Commitment to reversing the decline in Bumblebees.
  • Commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • Commitment to working in partnership with others and an ability to be articulate and succinct in meetings.

The Terms and Conditions of trusteeship are as follows:

  • The term of elected Trustees is three years. A maximum of two terms can be served.
  • Trustees should be available for the equivalent of 4 - 8 days a year for meetings in Stirling or Southampton. This includes at least four Board Meeting days.
  • In line with charity law and the Trust’s financial management procedures, Trustees receive no remuneration. However, reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation to attend meetings will be covered.
  • Individual Trustees are accountable to the Board of Trustees.
  • Trustees will declare any conflict of interests which may impact on their work for the Trust.
  • You must not have been previously disqualified by law from acting as a charity Trustee.
  • Further guidance on trustee responsibilities can be found on the Charity Commission website:

Recruitment 2017

Three positions on the Board have become available in 2017.  These are voluntary positions, but offer exciting opportunities to help lead a dynamic charity and develop its conservation and science work in the UK.  We are looking for people who have a background or are experienced in Fundraising, HR and Bumblebee ecology or conservation.

Submit the paperwork for self-nomination as follows:

  • A covering letter which states how your attributes and skills match what we are looking for in the role profile (see below), your reasons for wishing to join the Board and what you would hope to achieve.
  • A brief CV, which should include the names and contact details of two people who could vouch for your abilities to serve on a Board and whom we can speak to if necessary.

Please send your application to either: or to:

Chair of Trustees,
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Beta Centre
Stirling University Innovation Park


Trustees are elected to the Board at the Trust’s AGMs, held towards the end of the year.  The closing date for receipt of nominations is 5pm, Sunday 14 May.  It is anticipated that short-listed candidates will be interviewed during May. We look to co-opt successful candidates on to the board at the May board meeting.

Further information about the Board of Trustees, our most recent newsletter Buzzword, the Annual Report for 2015-2016 and the activities of the Trust can be found on the Trust’s website.  If you have further questions or would simply like to speak to someone about the role of a Trustee, please email

Role Profile: Fundraising Trustee

Role Profile: Science & Conservation Trustee

Role Profile: Human Resources Trustee

“Bumblebees are key factors in our wildlife. If they disappear many of our plants will not bear fruit. I am proud to be associated with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust”.

David Attenborough

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