Board of Trustees

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The Board of Trustees is the Trust’s governing body. It is ultimately responsible for everything that happens at the Trust and for meeting its statutory purpose.

The Board does not manage the Trust; rather, its job is to ensure the Trust is managed the way it wishes to be. The Board does this by agreeing a strategy and holding the Director-General and his/her executive team to account for its delivery.

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There are normally 12 Trustees on the Board but there can be up to 15, and they come from a variety of backgrounds, from conservation to business. All Trustees are appointed by the Council for an initial term of three years and are eligible to re-stand. Members normally serve for two terms in order to ensure a balance of continuity and refreshment.

The Board of Trustees normally meets six times a year, including visits to the Trust’s regions.