Plastic bags, microbeads, wet wipes, plastic bottles and straws are big news. Following the success of BBC1’s Blue Planet II and Sky Ocean Rescue there’s a growing understanding that we, as a nation, have to do something about the rising tide of plastic on our beaches and in our seas.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is at the heart of this movement. We successfully campaigned for carrier bag charges in all the home nations and the ban on microbeads in personal care products. Our wet wipe campaign has led to awareness of ‘non-flushables’ and bottle deposit return schemes are now being seriously considered by Government.

We’re also at the forefront of encouraging the nation to choose sustainable seafood with our Good Fish Guide and in the last year alone we improved the sustainability of the seafood of over 300 million meals this year.

We’re also working to ensure the seas around the UK are better protected with specific areas set aside to allow species and habitats to survive without the risk of being ruined by damaging human activities – and then making sure those areas are properly managed so they really work.

MCS is the UK’s leading marine charity based in Herefordshire with operating hubs in London and Edinburgh.  We are the go-to organisation when it comes to marine issues and we’re looking for two new members to join our Board of Trustees, and in particular would welcome prospective Trustees with the following experience:

  • Operational and business management experience – you’re possibly an Operations Director or Managing Director with expertise to share in running effective organisations, and we would welcome approaches if you’re from a corporate/commercial environment
  • Fundraising/Income generation experience – you’ll be able to help us reimagine our approaches to income generation, opening up new sources and networks. You might also be a qualified and/or practicing accountant – if you have charity accounting experience, that would be a distinct source of expertise for us

Your input and influence will support our colleagues to make a massive difference to the future of our seas both at home and around the UK’s Overseas Territories.

Download the information pack for more about MCS and being a Trustee with us – to apply, send your CV and covering letter to hr@mcsuk.org

If you would like an informal chat about becoming a trustee with us, please contact Joanne O’Hagan, Head of HR & Facilities on 01989 561574

About Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading charity working to protect our seas and marine wildlife. For over 30 years, we have championed a vision of sustainable fisheries, marine life protection and clean seas and beaches. Through targeted campaigns we have helped drive improvements in bathing water quality; advised consumers and major supermarkets on sustainable seafood choices, engaged thousands of volunteers in clearing litter from our beaches and lobbied for the creation of a network of Marine Protected Areas to create havens for wildlife and fish stocks to recover.