Help shape Bristol Food Network in its next 3-year phase of work, leading the way on Bristol Good Food 2030 and building on Bristol’s recent Gold Sustainable Food City award.

Bristol Food Network C.I.C. supports, informs and connects individuals, community projects, organisations and businesses that share a vision to transform Bristol into a sustainable food city. We are currently looking for two new Directors to join the board of our Community Interest Company. 

BFN was set up as a voluntary organisation in 2009, and converted to a CIC in 2014 in order to take on running the Bristol Food Connections Festival (which has since gone on to become an independent CIC). We run an annual opening of Community Gardens under the Get Growing Garden Trail. We have helped set up Community Fridges. We have run campaigns such as the Bristol Independents promotion, and engagement activities such as city roundtables & conferences. Our recent work has focused on coordinating Bristol’s bids to become first a Silver and subsequently a Gold Sustainable Food City – making Bristol only the second city in the country to achieve this status. 

We are now planning next steps for both Bristol Food Network and for further developing Bristol’s ‘One City’ approach to food. Work has begun on ‘Bristol Good Food 2030’ – an integrated food system transformation action plan which will engage with multiple partners across the city in order to deliver on the food-related targets of the One City Plan; Climate & Ecological Emergency Strategies; and the emerging Food Equality Strategy.

We are looking for two new Directors to join the board who will help us both shape this new phase of work, and help to put Bristol Food Network on a firm footing, to carry on working well into the future. We expect this new phase will focus on:

  • Leading Bristol Good Food 2030 
  • Convening, connecting, networking & facilitating collaboration
  • Engaging local communities with Bristol’s Good Food Movement
  • Communicating Bristol Good Food 2030

We are looking for a mix of some (or all!) of the following skills, interests & experience:

  • Sustainable Food
  • Effective partnership working
  • Experience of campaigns and communications
  • Project management
  • Fundraising
  • Climate change
  • Inclusion. Collaborative approaches to building multi-stakeholder strategies and action plans (e.g. with communities, voluntary and community sector, statutory and business sectors)
  • Community engagement methodologies and participatory processes.
  • Business and organisational management

This is an exciting time to get involved in sustainable food work in Bristol. The eyes of other cities – both in the UK and beyond – are on us, to see what Bristol does next. Our learning from the Gold bid process is being shared with others in the UK Sustainable Food Places network, and projects which BFN have helped develop – such as the Going for Gold website – are being held up as exemplars for others to follow.

The Director’s role itself is unpaid, but it is possible for Directors to be paid to work on BFN projects, where appropriate.

Draft BFN Strategy available on request.
More information about BFN at: https://www.bristolfoodnetwork.org
And the Gold bid at: https://www.goingforgoldbristol.co.uk

Please apply by emailing a cover letter and CV to jane@bristolfoodnetwork.org by Friday 17 September.

Current Directors would like to meet with all potential new Directors in person or on zoom in early September as the next step, to give an opportunity for further discussion.


Directors’ responsibilities

Bristol Food Network Memorandum of Association sets out requirements for appointing Directors of Bristol Food Network C.I.C. Limited by Guarantee, procedures for Board meetings and powers of Directors. 

The duties and responsibilities of Directors are as follows:

  • Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing documents, company law and other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • Ensure the financial stability of the organisation and that applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • Give strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Safeguard the good name and ethos of the organisation
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • Monitor performance of contractors / consultants. 
  • Participate in strategic planning sessions with other Directors. 
  • Declare any conflicts of interest while carrying out the duties of a Director
  • To make sure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities

Additionally, Directors agree to: 

  • attend meetings (currently 6 per year), and to read papers in advance of meetings
  • participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such as interviewing, helping with fundraising
  • to keep informed about the activities of the organization and wider issues which affect its work

In addition to the above duties, each board member should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the board reach sound decisions. This will involve scrutinizing board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives, or other issues relevant to the area of the organisation’s work in which the trustee has special expertise.

Directors are expected to display integrity, a commitment to the organisation and its objectives, an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a Director, a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Director, strategic vision, good, independent judgment, an ability to think creatively, willingness to speak their mind and to work effectively as a member of a team.