Trustee Vacancies

The River Waveney Trust (RWT) is a company limited by guarantee and registered charity. Established in 2012, it is run and managed entirely by volunteers. The RWT covers the River Waveney catchment, which is in South Norfolk and North Suffolk.

Our key objectives are to conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the rivers, streams, watercourses and water impoundments of the catchments comprising the river Waveney and all associated tributaries including adjacent estuarine and coastal areas.

RWT is in an exciting time of development, seeking new trustees to help guide the future vision and strategic development of the charity.

We are seeking four additional voluntary Trustees to join the current five trustee Board members. We are looking for passionate, dedicated and committed individuals who are keen to make an active contribution to the achievement of the RWT’s objectives. In addition to applicants with a wide range of relevant skills and experience we are specifically seeking the following 4 roles:

Role 1 – Conservation & Science
An individual with some or all of the following expertise and interests related to rivers - research, monitoring, practical conservation, habitat management and ecology.

Role 2 – Communications and Revenue Generation
An individual who has experience or expertise in some or all of the following – PR, social media, web management, fund raising including grant applications.

Role 3 – Farming in the Waveney Catchment
An individual who is actively farming in the Waveney Catchment (arable or livestock) who has an active interest in farmland conservation and water friendly farming.

Role 4 - Charity Governance
An individual who has skills and experience in governance of charitable organisations.

For an informal chat (recommended) about these positions please contact

Keith Lead
01379 388031
07806 509119

Interested applicants should apply by sending a CV together with a covering letter setting out why you are interested and what you could bring to the RWT to Keith Lead at

General Information

  • The role is not remunerated but reasonable business expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Time requirements: Enough time to attend Trustee Meetings which are currently held once a month in the evening between 19:00 and 22:00. There are further opportunities for other activities and duties associated with this position including working with sub-groups and attending other ad hoc meetings with stake holders and partner agencies as arise from time to time. However this is down to each individual and their interest.
  • Locations: Trustee meetings are currently held in Harleston, Norfolk. The active work along the river is mostly focused on the stretch between Diss and Beccles. Other meetings are normally held in the catchment area but some are held in Norwich.

Key Responsibilities

  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the RWT, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets
  • To ensure that the RWT complies with its governing document, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure the RWT pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure the RWT applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives
  • To ensure effective and efficient administration, management and financial stability of the RWT
  • To contribute any special knowledge or expertise to any other issues that may come up during their time as a Trustee

General Specification

  • Must be committed to the RWT and its work
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision Independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team