Trustee

Job Details
  • 4256
  • Twycross Zoo
  • Atherstone
  • Work Experience / Voluntary, Part Time
  • Voluntary Opportunity (approx. 8 meetings per year)

Trustee (x2 Voluntary Opportunities, approx. 8 days per year)

Twycross Zoo first opened to the public on 26th May 1963 by our founders Molly Badham and Nathalie Evans. Together they had a profound love for primates, and the zoo was founded to fulfil their dream of protecting primates and setting standards - which were to be followed by zoos around the world for years to come.

We have come a very long way since then. We are now a registered charity, welcoming over half a million people every year. We house 500 animals which include the largest chimpanzee family in the UK and the biggest primate collection in the world.

We are the only zoo in Europe to house all 4 great apes – Gorilla, Orangutan, Bonobo and Chimpanzee, and we care for some of the most endangered and precious lives to the highest welfare standards, including Sumatran Tigers, Amur Leopards and Snow Leopards.

Lemur Walk Through, Butterfly Forest and Lorikeet Landing were opened in 2014, and in 2015, our Giraffe Savannah, Gibbon Forest, Wet & Wild Lodge and Wet Play developments were opened. In 2017, we opened Chimpanzee Eden followed by our new Tiger Exhibit in 2019. In addition, we have a major visitor centre, Himalaya, and several catering and retail outlets.  

We are at the forefront of conservation, education and research, and have a strong commitment to our award-winning education programme, aiming to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and understanding of visitors about our animals and their plight in the wild. Our Conservation Welfare Fund has supported over 55 conservation and welfare projects from 27 countries around the world.

Would you love to be a Trustee for our zoo?

Two positions on our Board of Trustees will become available in 2021. These are voluntary positions, with a commitment of approximately 8 days per year.

We are governed by our Board of Trustees, taking on the following responsibilities:

  • Establishing the strategic direction of Twycross Zoo, including our mission and strategies
  • Ensuring we function within legal and financial requirements, and the broad policies of Twycross Zoo are in keeping with our objectives and strategies
  • Monitoring and evaluating the progress of the zoo against objectives and financial targets
  • Employing and supervising a Chief Executive and delegating the management of the zoo
  • Reaching a wider public and helping fund our charity objectives and our investment plans

The essential attributes of any Trustee are commitment to our vision, commitment to conservation based on rigorous scientific research, and commitment to environmental sustainability and animal welfare. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience at Board level, Director or Non-Executive Director level.

The term of elected Trustees is 3 years, and you should be available for the equivalent of 8 days per year for meetings at Twycross Zoo, plus attendance at occasional events. Reasonable expenses for travel to attend meetings will be covered.

A message from Rt Hon Geoff Hoon, Chairman, Board of Trustees:

Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. We’re committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.

Attracting 648,000 visitors in 2019, we’re at an exciting stage of development as we hit 5 years into a 20-year, £55million masterplan. This masterplan will see us develop new habitats for a refreshed animal collection and enhanced visitor experience and place us firmly on the map as a destination of choice for a fun-filled educational day out. It’s the reason why we’re transforming at such a pace.

With our dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues at the heart of everything we do, we aim to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, and remain at the heart of conservation.

The current Trustee Board consists of professionals with varied backgrounds, including academic, veterinary, financial, and business management. Executive Board members all have considerable experience in their specific functional area. I sincerely hope that you will want to join us!

How to apply

Please submit your CV and a covering letter which states how your attributes and skills match what we are looking for, your reasons for wanting to join our Board of Trustees, and what you would hope to achieve. Please include the names and contact details of two people who can vouch for your abilities to serve on the Board, and whom we can speak to if necessary.

All applications for this Trustee volunteering opportunity are to be submitted online.

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