Cape Farewell is an acclaimed UK charity which uses art, music and culture to engage the wider public about climate change. Our core focus is to bring together cutting edge science with the best creative minds in order to translate the complex world of science into an accessible cultural narrative, communicating the significance behind the research. Through experiencing art inspired by such deep scientific understanding and cultural meaning, we aim to inspire the public to undergo a cultural shift in their understanding of our human footprint which will lead to more considered life choices for themselves, our complex culture and for the benefit of the environment.

Cape Farewell is run by a team of three directed by their founder David Buckland. It has recently moved from its London office to a new sustainably designed building, The WaterShed in Dorset. 


Cape Farewell’s Board of Trustees use their collective skills and experience to provide essential strategic and advisory support to the organisation. The Board ensures that the organisation is meeting its aims and objectives, remains financially robust and is operating correctly and efficiently to commission artists of all media to deliver an exciting programme of creativity which addresses the climate challenge.

Board members are expected to attend Board meetings (approx. 4 per year). They also have the opportunity to attend key events as a representative of Cape Farewell and champion the organisation and its programme of activity.

This is a voluntary role but reasonable expenses will be covered to fulfil commitments, including those for access needs. Cape Farewell is based in Sydling St Nicholas, near Dorchester, Dorset where the majority of board meetings take place. Trustees can also attend meetings remotely and we are able to flexible with timings to suit people who have other commitments in their lives.


You will have a passion for environmental issues and an understanding of how culture and creativity can be a driver for change. Applicants do not need to have prior Trustee experience, it is more important that you are enthusiastic about bringing your own ideas and experiences to the organisation.  Knowledge of arts practice or the legal and financial side of running an organisation would be an advantage though not essential. 

Cape Farewell values diversity, we work with a diverse group of artists and scientists from all backgrounds in order to produce an inclusive and engaging programme of cultural activity. Our board is currently not representative of the demographic we work with and seek to engage. To address a lack of diversity we want to extend our board so that more people are genuinely represented. We actively encourage applications from women, disabled, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates. 

Based in Dorset we are ideally looking for trustees based in the South West.   


We aim to be inclusive in this process and will accept applications in writing, video, or any other form that suits you. We are most interested to know what excites you about being part of our team. Please submit your expression of interest explaining why you think you would be a good fit for this role, and your CV, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We would be grateful if you could help us monitor our recruitment process by completing our online anonymous Equality Monitoring Form.

Please feel free to contact us for an informal chat if you have any questions about what being a Trustee involves. 

The deadline for applications is Thursday 8 July 2020