The Heart of England Forest
Unremunerated with expenses covered

We are England’s largest new native broadleaf forest, and you will be joining us as we embark upon an ambitious 10-year growth plan that will also see us raise our profile and influence. The Forest we are planting and protecting here in the heart of the country will not only benefit our local communities, but it will also help to address some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges we face as a nation. There has never been a more important time to take action against climate change and the biodiversity crisis and grow our next generations of future Forest Guardians who will care for the legacy we are creating for decades to come. An ambitious and growing charity, led by our Chief Executive Beth Brook, we currently have a staff team of c. 80 who are supported by an army of volunteers comprising passionate and enthusiastic ambassadors for the Forest, and a range of committed and supportive partners spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors.


We are looking for an experienced non-executive with strong commercial acumen and a deep understanding of what constitutes good governance who shares our vision and is passionate about creating a 30,000 acre forest in the heart of England. You will be an experienced and inclusive leader who will recognise and bring out the strengths within a group and who can work effectively and collegiately in partnership with others as an active and influential ambassador for the charity and our vision. A strategic thinker who demonstrates a commitment to the Nolan Principles of Public life, you will ideally have Vice Chair or Chair experience. 

We actively encourage candidates from a range of professional backgrounds who bring the skills to Chair our Board of dedicated  Trustees and work closely with our talented and committed staff team and our President, Jon Snow.

If you are passionate about creating, restoring and protecting an incredible woodland legacy; a beautiful forest which positively contributes to the landscape and environment and which is an important source of both education and inspiration for young and old alike, we hope you will read on to find out more.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.