Unique opportunity for a person with a passion for plants

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The SLBI library

A unique and intriguing opportunity is available to help shape the future of a botanical organisation with a long and fascinating history.

The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI), a registered charity in Tulse Hill, founded in 1910 by Allan Octavian Hume, is looking for a new chair of trustees.

The chair will lead a drive to introduce Hume’s passion for plants to as many people as possible – “both for their own benefit and that of the planet”.

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“Our mission is to be somewhere that people of all ages and backgrounds can develop and share a passion for plants together with understanding how plants help to sustain human life – Discovering plants, enriching lives, sustaining the future,” the SLBI says.

Its new business plan is designed to embed its unique garden and resources in an inner-city setting more firmly in both local and scientific communities.

At the same time, it plans to use digital technology to increase its geographical reach.

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The plan has four main aims:

• Broaden audiences in line with local demographics

• Make the SLBI and its collections more accessible

• Build new partnerships locally, regionally and nationally

• Make the SLBI more financially resilient and sustainable.

The new chair (an unpaid role), will lead and provide direction to SLBI trustees and staff during an initial three-year term of office.

Full details of the chair post

To apply, send a CV and a covering letter (maximum of two pages) to info@slbi.org.uk by 23 October 2021. This should include reasons why you are interested in the post and the names of two referees.

Existing trustees would be willing to have an informal discussion before any application. Please contact info@slbi.org.uk.