Could you be a CAfS trustee?

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a real difference to reducing Cumbria’s carbon footprint, how about being a trustee with CAfS?

We are currently recruiting new volunteers to join our board of dedicated and enthusiastic trustees.

What you’d do as a trustee

CAfS trustees work hand in hand with our chief executive and staff to set the direction for our work and guide our working practices and management.

You’d come to our quarterly trustee meetings, which alternate between Penrith and Kendal, and take part in our AGM. Throughout the year, we’d invite you to get involved in making important decisions or share your views on how we can overcome challenges or take up opportunities that come along. We often do this by email but may call meetings once in a while for issues that need a proper discussion.

And there are always opportunities to get stuck in and help out with projects if you’re able to!

How much time you’d need to commit

Being a trustee is a volunteer role, and we understand that you’ll be fitting it in around your everyday life. Every trustee’s personal circumstances are different and some have more time available than others. As a minimum, we’d ask that you try to attend most trustee meetings and our AGM, and that you take as active a part as you can in important discussions.

Beyond that, anything you can do to help will be hugely appreciated. Some trustees help out with research we need to do; others lend a hand at events; some share their professional knowledge and skills to support our work in other ways.

Your skills and knowledge

We’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in supporting our work as a trustee, as everyone brings something different to the table.

We’d particularly benefit from having trustees with an understanding of climate change and skills or knowledge in:

  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency
  • emission reduction
  • behaviour change
  • sustainable food
  • sustainable agriculture
  • financial management
  • accounting
  • communications and marketing
  • earned income, legacies or donations
  • business/company law
  • policy change
Want to find out more?

Please get in touch for more details on what being a trustee involves. You can email our chief executive Hazel Graham ([email protected]) or call us on 01768 210276.

Ready to apply?

If you’d like to apply to join us as a trustee, please download and fill in our application form and email it to [email protected] Thank you!

David Horn

David trained as a communications and electronic engineer and spent his entire career supporting the emergency services. Before retiring, David worked at the Metropolitan Police Service, where he was head of quality assurance. He brings to CAfS considerable project management, business systems administration and process improvement knowledge and experience, which he has applied to CAfS processes, resulting in an NCVO Good Governance award.

David’s aspiration is to make sure future generations have the best possible landscape and environment in which to live and work. As chair of the CAfS board of trustees, he played a key role in the restructuring of CAfS after the successful Sustain Eden programme. David is also a director of Community Energy Cumbria and the BEEP Fund Ltd.

Karen Bowen, CAfS trustee

Karen Bowen
Company Secretary

Karen joined CAfS as a trustee in November 2014. Inspired by her belief in our mission and purpose, she wanted to play her part in supporting CAfS to achieve our goals. She has worked in the voluntary and community sector for 35 years in both urban (Birmingham) and rural (Cumbria) settings, and in the public sector for three and a half years. She has lived and worked in different parts of Cumbria for the past 27 years. Most of her employment has been with voluntary sector organisations involved in infrastructure support – the main exception being six years as manager of Ulverston Citizens Advice Bureau.

Karen is the chief officer of Cumbria CVS, which was formed through a merger of the county’s five Councils for Voluntary Service. Karen had been responsible for establishing and developing Eden CVS, one of the five merged organisations. Her role requires all the skills related to managing a charitable business and the people connected with it.

Collette Butterworth, CAfS trustee

Collette Butterworth

Collette Butterworth has been a trustee of CAfS since November 2014 and is passionate about working positively on tackling climate change issues.  She specialises in Corporate Social Responsibility and is the Director at Responsible Consulting.  Before this Collette was connected with Stobart Group, implementing the CSR strategy.  Having received a diploma in professional development with merit at Coventry University, Collette is now keen to pursue a degree with the Open University.  Collette also sits on the fundraising committee for a Carlisle based children’s charity.

Collette enjoys walking her three dogs in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside and baking as often as possible (although not quite to the standards of the Great British Bake Off!)  In 2016 Collette and her partner will be renovating a bungalow and are currently researching green technologies to implement into the project.

Karen Bentley-Brown

Karen is a freelance project manager and fundraiser for Bentley-Brown Associates and member of the Institute of Fundraisers. She has a wide range of fundraising and project management skills having worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years. Starting her career as a Geography teacher she went on to work for WWF, The National Trust, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Cumbria Waste Minimisation Project, The University of Cumbria and Nurture Lakeland, among others!  Passionate about all kinds of environmental issues she was the inaugural chair of the Big Onion, Staveley – a community group aimed at growing more food locally and, after moving to Kendal,  is now involved in SLACC-tt. Karen likes to get out in the fells and dales with family, friends and dogs as much as possible and enjoys sewing and up-cycling.

Richard Scott

Richard Scott was a plant scientist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology at Merlewood (Grange-over-Sands), working on coasts, moors and woodland. He was also part of a team assessing biofuels in the UK in the 1980s. Since Merlewood, Richard has been involved in the Furness Energy Partnership, Furness Greenways project and Walking for Health. He’s currently chair of Baywind Energy Coop at Ulverston and a board member of Community Energy Cumbria. Richard was on the board of Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative College in Manchester. He has wide knowledge of co-operative governance and brings to CAfS his experience in and enthusiasm for forming and running new project groups.

CAfS trustee Tim Maiden

Tim Maiden

Tim is a climate change and sustainability consultant. He’s a partner at CAG Consultants, an employee-owned co-operative that provides research, policy advice, training and facilitation on all things environmental – renewables, energy efficiency, fuel poverty, flood management and waste, to name a few. Tim’s recent clients have included Defra (London), the Scottish Government (Edinburgh) and the Environment Agency (Bristol). Because his work is rarely local to Cumbria, he enjoys a chance to think a bit more about his home county through helping out as a CAfS trustee. He loves Cumbria and can often be found out in the hills on his bike.

CAfS trustee David Beuzeval

David Beuzeval

David is a freelance business development consultant who works with a variety of charities to successfully develop new strategies and business models, implement change programmes, and create new strategic partnerships. He also supports them to diversify and increase income through grants, commissioning and the creation of social enterprises.

Previously he established a land services social enterprise for Groundwork, had a leading role in the successful establishment of the Land Restoration Trust and established and led the first national external funding team at the Environment Agency.

As an environmental scientist, a regular volunteer with local community organisations, and someone who enjoys walking and running in the Lake District, David welcomes the opportunity to support the successful development of CAfS.