Standing for the Board

Passion and energy for nature conservation?  Ready for a challenge?

Among the 70,000 voices for nature within Forest & Bird, a few capable leaders are needed to guide the Society forward.  This small team are called the Board and are elected at the June Council Meeting in Wellington.  The Board governs the business of the Society on behalf of the Council, representing all members.

Is this for me?

All sorts of experience and skills are useful on the Board.  Because the Board is often focused on planning for the future it helps to have a broad or strategic viewpoint on issues.  Being a good listener and good at working in a team is important.  Because our role is governance not management we don’t need specific skills like legal or financial qualifications. That said these kinds of skills and experience will always be useful, as are others such as scientific or practical ecological experience. Success working for a Branch or on other conservation projects is valuable and it’s a given that having a passion for conservation is essential.

What is the role of the Board?

The Board is the body that supervises and monitors the activities and operations of the Society on behalf of members and supporters.  We also provide direction to staff via the CEO on issues and opportunities.  Our work is guided by the strategic plan agreed in 2011, and by remits and policy set by Council.

Executive employs the CEO of the Society who is responsible for the effective management of all staff and operations.  Executive has no direct role in managing the other staff of the Society.

What does the Board do?

The Board meets every two to three months, usually in Wellington.  Our meetings last one or two days, and require preparation in advance.  At our meetings we receive reports of the Society’s activities, monitor the budget and business plan, and address issues and opportunities facing the organisation.

In the past few years we’ve made some important decisions about the future of the Society:

  • Campaign priority.
  • Developing the new Strategic Plan.
  • Revising the Constitution.
  • Agreeing to new membership recruitment systems.

What’s the commitment?

Aside from the regular meetings and the preparation required, Board members are expected to keep in touch with a number of Branches and keep them in touch with the Society’s overall direction.   The Board has standing committees and working groups, and Board members often have responsibilities to prepare for and contribute to their discussions.  Travel and accommodation costs for Board meetings are met by the Society.

How do I get involved?

Any member can stand for election.  To be nominated you need the signature of two branch representatives, called Councillors. The President, Deputy President and Treasurer are also Councillors, and able to nominate members. You can get in touch via or by phone on (04) 385 7374.

Documentation for nomination for the election of Forest & Bird's Board members:

What do I get out of being on Board?

Helping guide the future of New Zealand’s first, largest and most respected nature conservation organization is a great challenge and a hugely rewarding experience.  The main benefits of joining the Board are networking with leading nature conservationists, gaining experience in the governance of non-government organization, and having the opportunity to learn about issues and contribute to decisions that affect nature conservation outcomes for New Zealand. 

It’s a great team, if you’ve got the skills and time you should consider standing for election.

What is the deadline for nominations?

A new Board is elected each year at our AGM at the end of June. Closing date for nominations is 23 April 2018.