Governance of Durham Wildlife Trust is headed by Trust Council. Trustees elected from the Trust’s membership form the Council. All Trustees are unpaid volunteers and they meet as Council at least four times a year to oversee the governance and performance of the Trust.


In addition to Council, the Trust operates an Executive Committee of 5 Trustees. This Committee meets in the months between Council ensuring that there is monthly oversight of Trust activities by Trustees. There are a number of other committees that meet when required, such as a Staff Committee to oversee HR issues.


Responsibility for all operational management of the Trust is delegated by the Council to the Director and staff team.


To see further information on the Trustees of Durham Wildlife Trust please click here.


The governance of the Trust is guided by 2 documents, the Memorandum and Articles of Association. A copy of the Memorandum, which sets out the Trust’s purpose and objectives is available here. A copy of the Articles, which provide information on governance arrangements, is available here.


Financial Arrangements


The Trust is subject to the rules governing financial management of a Limited Company and Charity. The Trust produces audited accounts every year which are available to Trust members on request (please call the Trust on 0191 5843112) and also available from Companies House.


A summary of information for the 2017-18 financial year is available below.





Durham Wildlife Trust works hard to keep overhead costs down so that the percentage of income spent on Charitable Activities is maximized. Below is a comparison of Durham Wildlife Trust’s spend on Charitable Activities against other environmental organisations, showing that the Trust performs well in this area.