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Trustee Nominations

Author:  Arboricultural Association
Last Updated:  07/08/2023

Help grow arboriculture

Deadline for nominations: Monday 31st July 2023

Can you help us continue to build the profile of arboriculture and the Association both domestically and internationally?


We’re pleased to invite nominations from individual members willing and able to volunteer their time and effort to support our work and aims, by acting as trustees. Information and further details regarding the Association’s vision, values and the current strategic plan can be found here.

Strategic Plan

Why Become a Trustee?

As the leading voice on all matters arboricultural in the UK, the Arboricultural Association provides a home and membership for all those employed within the sector; inspiring, supporting and promoting the tree care community for a society that better appreciates and cares for trees.

We provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our members, in the UK and overseas, at the peak of their profession. We work in partnership with other organisations and stakeholders to achieve successful results for our membership and the wider profession.

In addition to being a professional membership organisation and industry standards body, the Arboricultural Association is also a registered charity with the aim of educating and informing the general public in matters related to trees, the environment and conservation, providing advocacy and advice and undertaking research for the benefit of the public.

If elected, you will have the opportunity to influence the direction of the Association and the entire arboricultural profession. The Association provides a home for all arboricultural professionals working in every part of our profession, in the UK and internationally. Trustees are responsible for the strategic governance of the Association.

Potential applicants should consider whether or not they have the capacity to deliver the requirements of the role, including:

  • Attending four Board meetings a year, usually held during normal office hours. These might be held virtually or in-person (often at the Association’s headquarters in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire). Trustees are expected to attend all Board meetings.
  • Joining one of the Board Committees.
  • Attending an annual staff team and Trustee day.
  • Responding promptly to email discussions and occasional email votes/polls.

Learn new skills such as…

  • Strategy and leadership.
  • Influencing and negotiation.
  • Decision making.
  • Financial management.
  • Build your professional network.
  • Boost your CV.

Trustees will also be invited to join the AGM, to be held online at the end of August, and will have the opportunity to attend various Association events throughout the year if they choose to.

Further information

Trustee nomination form

Nominations ar now closed.


Please clearly state your reasons for wishing to be elected or re-elected as a Trustee of the Association. (This information will be published as part of your application).

Please list any skills and experience you believe are relevant in support of the vision, values and the strategic development of the Association. (This information will be published as part of your application).

(500 words maximum between both sections)

By submitting this form it is deemed you declare that:

  • I am not disqualified from acting as a charity Trustee
  • I am capable of managing and administering my own affairs
  • I do not have an unspent conviction relating to any offence involving deception or dishonesty
  • I am not an undischarged bankrupt nor have I made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, my creditors (ignore if discharged from such an arrangement)
  • I am not subject to a Disqualification Order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or to an Order made under section 429(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986
  • I have not been removed from the office of charity Trustee or Trustee for a charity by an Order made by the Charity Commissioners or the High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement nor am I subject to an Order under section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990, preventing me from being concerned in the management or control of any relevant organisation or body
I agree to the declaration

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In the event of the need to call an election at AGM (i.e. if the number of nominees exceeds the number of spaces), the Association will communicate to all the Association members the information you have provided in your application as your election manifesto.

If you wish to submit your nomination by post please download the Word or PDF form, and post back the completed form to the Arboricultural Association.

2023 Trustee election information

Annual General Meeting

The AGM 2023 will be held digitally, via Zoom conference facilities, at 6pm, on Thursday 31st August 2023.


Board Trustees: 2 places – through Trustee retirement and Trustees reaching the end of their terms.

For the term AGM 2023–2026.

Further information

Trustees serve on the governing body of the Association and have ultimate responsibility for directing the strategic affairs of the Association, ensuring that we are solvent, well-run, and delivering our charitable goals. As a Trustee, you will be part of the Association’s Board, a small group of directors who meet 4-5 times a year to determine the strategic direction and oversee the operational and financial affairs of the Association. For newly elected Trustees, support and guidance is provided to enable you to fulfil your role and maximise your contribution.

For the term AGM 2023 to AGM 2026.

The statutory duties of a Trustee are to:

  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document (its Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
  • Contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation.

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the Trustee has particular expertise.


Information regarding the role and responsibilities of charity trustees can be found via the Charity Commission

Charity Commission

Further guidance is also available on the Association Website in the Trustees section, including the Association’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

(see www.trees.org.uk/About-Us/Association-Information or contact the Chief Executive).

AA website

Roles and responsibilities of company directors can be found here:

Roles and responsibilities

The role of Trustee directors within the Association is to have control of the Charity and its property and funds.