Location United Kingdom
Job-type Permanent
Salary Voluntary Basis
Reference 22315

Introducing Ocean Generation

Ocean Generation is on a mission to empower 50 million young people to take Ocean action by 2030. In just 1 minute, this is who they are.

Established in 2009 by film producer Jo Ruxton, Ocean Generation has galvanised a growing wave of change by exposing the threat of plastic pollution to our health and the health of our Ocean. Their award-winning documentary 'A Plastic Ocean', was named by Sir David Attenborough as "one of the most important films of our time" and ignited mass public awareness about the impact of plastic on our Ocean. Today, as a UNESCO-endorsed Ocean NGO, they address the full range of human actions threatening the Ocean with a particular focus on engaging young people.

Their vision is a world where the Ocean is freed from human threats within a generation.

Their mission is to empower a global inclusive movement to tackle Ocean threats through science and storytelling.

Expertise Sought

At any time, Ocean Generation need their board to comprise of an appropriate mix of relevant professional skills represented by their various trustees. They are currently particularly seeking trustees who can bring their experience and networks to bear in the areas of Business Strategy, Marketing & Communications, and charity fundraising.

They are also interested in accessing subject matter expertise from marine science and major Youth programme management and to seek representation from a younger generation of leaders. This second group of subject matter experts could be accessed as advisors, patrons or ambassadors, as well as through board membership.

What OG is looking for in their trustees

Ocean Generation are looking for Trustees who display the following essential characteristics:

  • A passion for the natural world and our oceans

  • Ability to think strategically across both short and long timeframes, considering the issues of the organisation within the wider context of a complex and ever-changing external world.

  • Good communication skills and a commitment to act as an advocate for Ocean Generation.

  • Willingness to support marketing/fundraising activities and attend events

  • A willingness to challenge and be challenged positively

  • Balanced judgement and the ability to think impartially

  • A blend of relevant professional skills and experience that complement other Trustees

The following experiences would be desirable but not necessarily essential, depending on the balance offered by other Trustees:

  • Experience of working in the charity sector.

  • Understanding and/or knowledge of charity and company law and finances.

  • Ability to understand and interrogate financial and non-financial data.

  • Experience of working with young people (under 25 y.o.) in a professional capacity.


  • Hiring Policy: Ocean Generation strives towards being intentionally inclusive and are committed to being an equal opportunities employer. They actively welcome and want to hear from applicants from all backgrounds.

  • Salary: By law, all appointments to UK charitable boards are voluntary and receive no salary.

  • Time Commitment: The board will usually meet six times per year for approximately two hours.

  • Working environment: Ocean Generation's team operates virtually, working from home to maximise their investment in their charitable aims. The board similarly operates virtually through on-line meetings unless previously agreed by all Trustees.

  • Location: In this round, they are looking to recruit Trustees based in the UK.

If you are a highly accomplished person and would like to set your experience to work on behalf of critical marine challenges, we look forward to hearing from you. The application process will run until 2nd October 2023.