CIWEM Trustee Board applications open

Our culture and organisational strategy is founded upon two principles: that we are relevant and accessible to all. This drives our passion to create an environment that is safe and encouraging for all people to express themselves and participate fully and to add the richness that a diversity of perspectives bring.

In 2020 we are seeking applications to fill a number of vacancies on CIWEM’s Trustee Board with high calibre people who will be able to shape the future of the water and environment profession as well as that of CIWEM itself.

CIWEM endeavours to have a diverse membership of the Trustee Board in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, experience and also from as wide a geographical spread as possible. To achieve this the Trustee Board would particularly welcome applications from female applicants, from members of ethnic minorities and from people located throughout all parts of the UK and Ireland. Preferred skill-sets sought in our 2020 programme include:

  • Senior level experience working in the regulatory authorities, the statutory agencies, Non-Government Organisations and relevant research institutes;
  • Experience in working in the water and wastewater companies;
  • Experience of working with Boards, Trusts and the Charitable Sector;
  • Relevant and contemporary understanding of climate change and current environmental issues; and
  • Experience in the field of professional development.

Trustee Board members serve on a voluntary basis but are reimbursed out of pocket travel and subsistence expenses for attending meetings and for undertaking certain activities on behalf of the Institution.

A full Trustee Recruitment Pack can be viewed here.

The Role

  • Trustees of CIWEM serve for an initial period of three years, and exceptionally up to a maximum of six years (i.e. two consecutive terms).
  • Trustees contribute to the business and strategic oversight of the Institution and are committed to the principle of collective responsibility.
  • Trustees bring a specific set of skills, experience and attributes in order to contribute to the overall balance of these on the Trustee Board. Trustees engage actively with members, stakeholders and beneficiaries of the Institution and support the Chief Executive and the executive team.
  • Trustees are expected to act as ambassadors for CIWEM to promote its work and its membership.

The Candidate

  • Must have an ability to help CIWEM deliver its strategic objectives and formulate policy.
  • CIWEM is open to applications from members and non-members, but membership of CIWEM is required prior to a new Trustee being ratified. Non-members will be facilitated into membership following selection as a potential Trustee.
  • Must comply with the requirements of the Charity Commission for England and Wales (and its counterpart body in Scotland) for Trusteeship, and be prepared to sign a Trustee Declaration that confirms compliance with such requirements. (please see
  • Must be of good character and ethically driven.
  • Must have a good understanding of the professional body and charity sector.
  • Must be able to commit an average of 15 days per annum which will include attending five Trustee Board meetings each year and meetings of its Boards and Committees as required (this may vary for international candidates).

The Appointment Process

  • Any current CIWEM member or non-member willing to pursue an application for CIWEM membership may apply.
  • Applications will be assessed and short-listed with the support of an independent advisor.

  • Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a selection panel chaired by an independent person.

  • Interviews are expected to take place on 30 April and 01 May 2020. Candidates are asked to protect these dates in their diaries please.

  • The Trustee Nominations Committee will make its recommendations on appointments to the Trustee Board in May.

  • New Trustees will be asked to attend an induction Training day on Friday 11 September 2020 at the CIWEM London HQ.
  • Appointments made by the Trustee Board will be reported at the Institution’s AGM.

How to Apply

A full Trustee Recruitment Pack can be viewed here.

To apply please send the following to

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 27 March 2020. If you have any questions please email or call +44(0)207 831 3110.

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