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Following a skills audit of our board we are keen to recruit new trustees with the following experience:

  • Sail Training
  • Maritime sector
  • Education (particularly higher, further, and educational development)
  • Finance and accounting

If you are inspired by our vision, want to be part of shaping the future of Seas Your Future and can offer relevant experience, time and commitment, please apply to join us!

We meet our core objectives through:

  • Sail Training, enabling young people to discover their abilities, values, passions and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure, challenge and the unexpected.
  • Unique Maritime Careers opportunities to learn about life on-board, safety at sea, seamanship, navigation, engineering, teamwork and much more.
  • Voyages for studying Ocean Science, changes to the marine environment and climate, to young people who care passionately about safeguarding the planet.
  • Ensuring that voyages are open to all young people by seeking to subsidise costs for those that cannot pay.
  • Expanding sail training capacity and specialist voyages over the next five years, to meet increasing demand.

Our tall ship Pelican has berth capacity for up to 35 trainees and 12 crew and volunteers, and our tall ship Fridtjof Nansen has berth capacity for up to 42 trainees and 13 crew and volunteers. We have been undertaking sail training voyages since 2007. We aim to sail for 48 weeks every year and our sailing programme is normally agreed 12-24 months in advance. We work in strategic partnership with charities and community organisations, education providers, vocational trainers, port authorities and local councils, to offer a unique and life-changing experience to all who sail with us. With our recently acquired second ship we are expanding our sail training offer with an exciting programme of activities including ocean science and maritime careers and are seeking at least two new trustees to extend the range of skills and experience on our current board of six.

Candidates interested in becoming a Trustee for Seas Your Future must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment to Seas Your Future’s objectives
  • Core governance and management skills
  • Ability to think strategically, creatively and have an eye for detail.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to discharge, the core responsibilities of being a charity trustee
  • Willingness and ability to commit the time to the board as indicated below
  • Willingness and ability to serve on appropriate formal and informal committees/advisory groups relating to specific functions or projects
  • Willingness and commitment to absorb information about Seas Your Future (and its key messages) so as to be an effective ambassador and influencer for the organisation

Candidates must be able to demonstrate at least three years’ experience in at least one of the following:

  • Sail training
  • Maritime sector
  • Education (particularly higher, further, and educational development)
  • Financial management/accountancy
  • Income generation experience, for example in earned income, fundraising among individuals/major donors and/or companies and with grant-making trusts and foundations
  • Human resources expertise such as the development of HR policies, equal opportunities and diversity or management of an HR function
  • Experience, preferably at senior level, of management (people and other resources) and/or governance (for example as trustee of another organisation)
  • Working in the community development or social care sectors

What difference will you make?

As we plan to more than double the number of young people who will benefit from our activities, from around 450 each year to around 1,000, giving them a potentially life-changing opportunity, you will support our vision and strategic direction as set out in our 5-year Development Plan first published in July 2020 and updated in May 2022. We are particularly eager to develop our career development activities, by offering more opportunities to young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to explore the possibilities of a career in the Maritime Sector or in Ocean Science and Environmental Studies.

Our application form can be found here: https://www.seasyourfuture.org/join-our-team/#headline-377-123

Deadline: 5th September 2022

Seas Your Future is the operating name of Adventure Under Sail,
Charity 1124276, VAT 174919961.

For more information contact:

T: +44 (0) 1305 839835