Lambourne House
Mount Hawke


01209 890 696

"New Opportunity at the Trust"

Trust Director

£27k - £32k FTE pro rata, according to experience; flexible hours c 25 p.w. (to be agreed with candidate)


The Gaia Trust is an established conservation charity at a time of significant growth. The Trust owns and manages agricultural land across Cornwall and North Devon, for the purposes of conservation and the development of rural skills and understanding. Due to bequests and mergers, the Trust has now acquired two substantial properties with buildings.


We are now looking to recruit a new Chief Executive due to the retirement of our current Director. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to build on the existing success of the Gaia Trust and take it forward into the future. You will be responsible to the Trustees for the efficient and effective operation of the Trust, assisting the Trustees in the development of objectives, plans, and policies, as well as leading the day-to-day management of the organisation.


We are looking for a motivated and organised individual who has experience of managing within a challenging environment. You will need to be able to demonstrate strong communication and sound decision-making skills, the ability to prioritise scarce resources of both time and money, and be able to develop effective relationships across a wide variety of stakeholders. A driving licence and access to a car are essential. This can be a home-based role initially, although office facilities are available at Welcombe in North Devon and at a later date in North Cornwall.


For further information, please email Alison Vaughan (contact details below) for a full job description and person specification, or visit our website to learn about the Trust. If you would like to apply for this position, please submit your CV (which can be accompanied by a supporting statement of no more than 500 words) by email:

Alison Vaughan, Trust Director

01209 890696 (Alison) or 01840 214100 (Liz Freeman)

We will not respond to any contact from agencies.


Closing date for applications: 11 December 2015

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Jenni Thomson - Cornish Guardian "My Perfect Weekend"



Jenni Thomson founded the Gaia Trust ( in 1988 on the principle that wildlife conservation is more likely to be successful if people can be engaged. She is married to Bill and they live in Trevenning, near Michaelstow. Their family includes three sons, Richard, Marcus and Guy, their partners Saadia, Sarah and Kate, and grandchildren Ella, Joe, Rosie, Joshua, Ellowyn and Jory.  

It’s Friday, so pushing the pile of fundraising applications that make up my working day these days, aside to make room for a sizeable gin and tonic, it’s now just a case of waiting for the whole family to arrive for the weekend. Two of the families live fairly locally, but one family have come all the way from Tasmania to enjoy an extended visit to Blighty. Once everybody is here dogs, family and friends all settle to make a plan for the weekend, talk and laugh long into the night before finally retiring to bed.


We’re up early on Saturday and off to Daymer with all the dogs for a thrash across the beach and even a little dog training as my dog Herbie is worst behaved. Back at home a big healthy lunch is devoured hungrily by all, before archery and golf practice in the garden. Roast beef and vegetables in the early evening is followed by a series of hilarious parlour games like charades and consequences.


Sunday is greeted with a slow start, but in time the whole family gathers and over a hearty breakfast starts to piece together a plan for the next “assembly” in Tasmania. A lengthy walk on Bodmin Moor at Maidenwell Lake near Temple which is a place we used to visit often to train our Newfoundland dogs for rescue. Home in time for a light tea before saying a fond farewell to our departing visitors – until the Tasmania trip that is of course!