World Land Trust (WLT) is a charity registered in England and Wales (charity number 1001291) and also a company limited by guarantee (Company no. 2552942). It is governed by a Board of Trustees, who combine the legal responsibilities of charity trustees and company directors. The Trustees are members of the WLT Council, which meets approximately 4 times a year. Trustees and officers are elected at the Annual General Meeting, which is chaired by the Trust’s Honorary President or, in his absence, the Chairman of Trustees.
WLT’s Trustees are drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds, but all have in common their commitment to actively support the Trust and to lend their expertise in directing the Trust’s affairs. The Trustees have legal responsibility for ensuring that the Trust meets its statutory obligations, is well run and solvent, and delivers its charitable outcomes. While the Trustees have overall responsibility for the operation of the Trust, day to day management is delegated to the CEO. The Trustees’ quarterly meetings are chaired by the Chairman of Trustees.
In addition to its Board of Trustees, the WLT has an advisory Council which is consulted by the Trustees and CEO on conservation, fundraising and public relations matters. Trustees are automatically members of the Council, but other individuals are invited for their expertise in conservation and charity management, and in financial and commercial spheres. As well as offering expert advice, Council Members are actively engaged in the Trust’s conservation and fundraising activities, and make an invaluable contribution to its operations.