The Ecological Continuity Trust (hereafter ECT), a registered charity, was formed in 2008, as a direct response to the loss of long-term ecological experiments (LTEs) throughout the UK. We support LTEs by providing much needed funds through our grants scheme and emergency maintenance funds. We have also established a network of key stakeholders that help champion LTEs and the valuable science they produce – the LTE User Group.


Our vision is to develop a strategic network of long-term ecological experiments. This includes safeguarding existing high-quality experiments and data, whilst also ensuring new facilities are planned for the long-term. The ECT recognises that an effective Board of Trustees is essential if the Charity is to achieve its objectives.

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We are looking to recruit new trustees to join the Trust. Their role will include those responsibilities common to any trustee of a charity, such as ensuring that the ECT complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, and that the ECT pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document. In addition, each trustee is expected to use their specific skills, knowledge and experience to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This is likely to involve scrutinising board papers, assessing site registrations and grant applications, and providing guidance on new initiatives.

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There is no remuneration but expenses will be reimbursed when real costs are incurred on behalf of the ECT.

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Further details and an application pack are available on request from the ECT’s Executive Director, Ben Sykes at

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 March 2019.