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Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre Advisory Group Independent Chair

This is a voluntary role but a small honorarium is available to cover expenses and essential costs.

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) is looking to recruit an Independent Chair to lead the CBDC Advisory Group. The CBDC Advisory Group consists of individuals and representatives from a range of organisations who all have an interest in biological data in Cumbria and who provide guidance to the CBDC team. The Independent Chair role is new and will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the new Advisory Group with the assistance of the CBDC team. It is estimated that the role will take seven days per year, split across the year but has the potential to evolve as the Advisory Group develops further.

Person specification:


  • Previous chairing experience and a willingness to develop these skills further
  • Experience of developing business plans and strategic planning
  • Financial planning
  • Evidence of advocacy or willingness to become an advocate for CBDC
  • Interest and awareness of biodiversity, particularly Cumbrian wildlife and landscape
  • Understanding of data management
  • Approachable manner
  • Proven decision-making capability.


  • Experience of working with or collecting biodiversity data
  • Awareness of nature recovery and associated approaches and legislation
  • Experience of managing a small business
  • Cumbrian based (for in-person meetings)

More information is available in the role description. Click to download.

To apply, please send a covering letter outlining how you meet the person specification and your relevant experience along with a brief CV to If you meet the specifications outlined, you will be invited to a short interview which will take place online and then be invited to meet the CBDC team and Advisory Group members.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Rebecca Slack, CBDC Manager (; 07810322127).

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre

The Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle keeps wildlife information for the county of Cumbria. Tullie House Museum, in its role as a local natural history museum, has collected and disseminated records of wildlife in Cumbria since its inception in 1893. From the early 1990s the Museum has developed a computerised database of species and habitat records in Cumbria and has taken the central role in providing a local biodiversity data service for the county. This role was restyled as Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre (CBDC) in 2010, a not-for-profit organisation hosted by Tullie House Museum and advised by local stakeholders.
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