Looking for new trustees

August 24, 2016 by Tori Flower

Stepney City Farm is an educational charity, working to improve lives in Stepney and the surrounding area through farming.

Our core activity is the upkeep and development of an open working urban farm, providing learning, recreational, and volunteering opportunities for all, relating to agriculture, horticulture, crafts, country life, and protection and improvement of the natural environment.

The Farm is a welcoming place to bring together the diverse communities of Tower Hamlets, and cultivate social welfare for individuals in need and for the public at large, through high-welfare, environmentally-sustainable farming practices, and best environmental practices.

We are currently seeking new Trustees to join our board and to help us meet our responsibilities in terms of governance and strategic direction for the Farm. This includes ensuring that the Farm is compliant with charity law, company law and other relevant legislative and best practice requirements and that the Farm remains focused on its charitable objects:

 

Trustee role – Animal welfare 

 
Goats, sheep, and pigs are raised on the Farm to provide an educational model of high welfare meat production. Chickens, ducks and geese are kept for laying, and over time the Farm has also amassed a popular collection of ‘small furries’ (rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets). The site is home to two donkeys, George and Dunstan.

We have a vacancy for a vet or student vet to join our dynamic and welcoming board as a trustee. The successful candidate will provide the Farm with additional advice and support from an animal health and welfare perspective. Knowledge of agricultural and environmental regulations is desirable.

This is an opportunity to develop you portfolio of professional experience, whilst making a genuinely valuable contribution to a unique educational charity at the heart of its local community.

Board meetings take place on the third Wednesday evening of the month at the Farm, and can last up to 2 hours. Overall the monthly commitment should be around 8-10 hours and would include advice / support and reading board papers.

Our Good Egg document sums up what our trustees can expect and interested candidates should email Jo Pertwee, our Chair, at jo@stepneycityfarm.org for further information and an initial chat about the role.

Trustee role – Food growing

Are you an experienced food grower or caterer who would like to do more for your community? We’re looking for a trustee from a commercial food background to join our dynamic and welcoming board and provide the wider Farm with additional advice and expertise in this area.

The Farm is currently expanding our food growing area to almost a quarter of an acre, supported by Community Business start-up funding.  We supply a small number of London restaurants with seasonal produce grown using organic methods, and hope to make this activity financially self-sustaining by 2022.

This is an opportunity to develop you portfolio of professional experience, whilst making a genuinely valuable contribution to a unique educational charity at the heart of its local community.

Board meetings take place on the third Wednesday evening of the month at the Farm, and can last up to 2 hours. Overall the monthly commitment should be around 8-10 hours and would include advice / support and reading board papers.

Our Good Egg document sums up what our trustees can expect and interested candidates should email Jo Pertwee, our Chair, at jo@stepneycityfarm.org for further information and an initial chat about the role.

 

Trustee role – Legal

We are seeking a trustee with legal expertise, including specific charity law experience, to join our dynamic and welcoming board. Knowledge of agricultural and environmental regulations would be desirable.

This is an opportunity to develop you portfolio of professional experience, whilst making a genuinely valuable contribution to a unique educational charity at the heart of its local community.

Board meetings take place on the third Wednesday evening of the month at the Farm, and can last up to 2 hours. Overall the monthly commitment should be around 8-10 hours and would include advice / support and reading board papers.

Our Good Egg document sums up what our trustees can expect and interested candidates should email Jo Pertwee, our Chair, at jo@stepneycityfarm.org for further information and an initial chat about the role.

We request no contact from agencies or media sales.

Download “The Good Egg” – trustee information pack.

Download Application Form

Please send the completed application by email to Jo Pertwee, Co-Chair of Trustees Stepney City Farm at jo@stepneycityfarm.org


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