The Friends of White Hall Centre is a charity set up to support White Hall outdoor education centre. White Hall Centre, owned and operated by Derbyshire County Council, is one of the country’s leading outdoor education centres, situated near Buxton in the stunning Peak District National Park. The centre has given thousands of children unforgettable learning experiences since it opened seventy years ago in 1951 as Britain’s first local education authority outdoor centre.

The charity seeks to raise awareness and funds to support the centre’s aim to offer children in Derbyshire the skills needed to enjoy outdoor pursuits and feel safe and confident in the countryside. Find out more about White Hall Centre.

Role of Trustees

The Friends of White Hall Centre aims to have a diverse mix of Trustees from a range of backgrounds. This enables the charity to explore new ways of supporting White Hall Centre and to draw on a range of skills to execute its objectives.

As such there is no one size fits all role description, but the following are attributes we are looking for in the successful candidates:

  • Self-starter, willing to support the charities mission and objectives
  • Willing and able to raise funds to improve the facilities of White Hall Centre
  • Bringing expertise the charity can utilise to its advantage, of particular interest:
    • Charity law and contract law
    • Procurement
    • Contract negotiation
    • Possessing a professional network that provides opportunities for the charity to tap into skills, knowledge and capabilities outside of the trustee board

What difference will you make and what is in it for you?

As a Trustee, you will have the opportunity to influence the lives of young people in Derbyshire, enabling them to grow and develop, through their experience of outdoor education. You would fill a key role in supporting the charity and Centre in achieving their goals. It would also provide the chance to develop your skills and experience, grow your network and learn from a diverse group of volunteers and professional staff.

Personal Qualities

  •  Passionate about the development of young people
  • Strong interpersonal skills and network/relationship building capabilities
  • Tactful and diplomatic with an ability to listen to and engage with others
  • A desire and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

Desirable Experience

  • Fund raising, either event based or through grant funding bids
  • Representing and raising the profile of an organisation to external parties
  • Working in the charity or voluntary sector

Desirable Knowledge and Skills (not essential)

  • Charity law, contract law and charity governance
  • Procurement disciplines and contract negotiations
  • Written & verbal communication skills

The applicant needs to be over 18.

We welcome applications that would increase the diversity of the board of Trustees.

We welcome applications from those able to commit to an initial 2 year period in the role.

The majority of Trustee work is carried out via virtual meetings with work able to be carried out from any location. There is the provision to pay travel expenses where this is required.