The Trust is seeking a new Chair to lead the organisation at an exciting time for the Trust and for the Ouseburn Valley, with significant change on the horizon in terms of new residential and commercial development and growth of our heritage and environmental activity.

The new Chair will act as an ambassador for the Trust, working alongside the Chief Officer to build profile and confidence as the Trust embarks on a new period of growth following the pandemic, and an increase of engagement in heritage and environment initiatives.

Knowledge and experience in the world of regeneration/development/heritage/environment would be advantageous but ultimately the successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, an inclusive, transparent way of working while remaining impartial and objective and have a passion for the Ouseburn Valley and the Trust’s work.

There is also an opportunity to join our Board as a Trustee for someone who

  • has a passion for the Ouseburn Valley and our work within it.
  • is sympathetic to the Trust's aims and values and
  • understands the role of the third sector in driving local regeneration.

We are keen to attract someone with experience of green and open space management to support our work in this area but a commitment to the above bullets remain our priority.

These voluntary posts are three-year (renewable) roles, with a maximum term of nine years. The role descriptions are available below:

Chair of Trustees role outline

Trustee role outline


About the Ouseburn Trust

The Ouseburn Trust was established as an independent development trust for the Ouseburn Valley in 1996. Currently it manages properties, works to secure sensitive regeneration, develops and delivers heritage and environmental initiatives and works with others to secure a vibrant, diverse and sustainable future for the historic Ouseburn Valley. More information is available on our website

The Trust is an effective organisation, with a clear purpose, articulated values and a positive outlook. It has a transparent and multi-skilled governance structure. It is well managed, has a highly experienced and motivated staff team and a successful track record of delivery.

Our Trustees have recently reviewed our Strategic Objectives (Details of what we seek to achieve in each area are contained in the Strategy document):

  • Developing a 10-year Ouseburn Strategy
  • Pursuing a Transformational project for the Trust
  • Collecting Valley Insights data to inform our work
  • Seeking to shape the current focus on Housing development
  • Campaigning and shaping the growth of a mixed local economy
  • Engaging more and a more diverse audience in Ouseburn Valley Heritage
  • Managing and enhancing the Natural Environment
  • Shaping the Built Environment through our own and other developments
  • Promotion of our activity and impact and those who depend on footfall for viability

As a first step for further details or to discuss the opportunity, please contact:

Chris Barnard, Chief Officer, Ouseburn Trust, 53-55 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ, Tel: 0191 261 6596, e-mail [email protected]

To apply for the role of Chair of Trustees please submit a personal statement and a CV to [email protected] by Monday 18th July at 12 noon.

To apply for the role of Trustee please send an expression of interest to [email protected] by Monday 18th July at 12 noon.