Chief Executive Officer

Surrey Wildlife Trust

Pirbright, GU24

  • Location

    Pirbright, GU24

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration

    c. £75,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    29 October 2018

  • Client

    Surrey Wildlife Trust

Ref: GSe45720

Could you be an inspiring champion for wildlife in Surrey? Surrey Wildlife Trust is looking for a chief executive to lead it through an unprecedented period of change and opportunity.

Surrey Wildlife Trust has grown into one the largest wildlife trusts in England over the past 15 years. We manage nearly 5% of the total area of the county and play an important role in advocating for biodiversity in the area. We have 27,000 members and are part of the wider national federation of the Royal Wildlife Trusts.

We face challenging and exciting times. As the UK leaves the EU, we expect significant shifts in environmental protection and funding. Our 2017 report on the State of Surrey’s Nature revealed that one third of species in our county are either extinct or threatened. At the same time, the Trust is about to embark on an ambitious five-year strategy that is designed to have maximum impact on biodiversity in Surrey. We continue to develop our range of professional and consumer services that support our environmental and fund-raising objectives.

Against this dynamic backdrop we are looking for a high-calibre chief executive to lead the organisation successfully through the next phase of its journey. We are looking for an outstanding, inspiring leader who is highly persuasive and has a track record of forming strong, long-term relationships with stakeholders. You will bring imagination, commercial acumen and the proven ability to think strategically amid considerable political and financial challenges. Your open, engaging leadership style and sound diplomatic judgement will make you adept at taking people with you.

Although you don’t need experience in the conservation or NGO sectors, you will be sympathetic to our charitable mission and objectives.

For an informal, confidential discussion about the role please contact Rebecca O’Connor or Katy Giddens on 020 7426 3373.

The closing date for applications is Monday 29th October 2018.

Closing DateMonday 29th October 2018
Preliminary Interviewsw/c 5th or w/c 12th Nov 2018
First stage final panel29th or 30th Nov 2018
Second stage final panel6th or 7th Dec 2018

To express an interest in the role(s) and to be considered, please submit the following via the GatenbySanderson website:

✓ a detailed and up-to-date CV
✓ a supporting statement that addresses all criteria in the Person Specification and outlines your motivation for applying
✓ details of your availability on the dates provided in the indicative timetable.

Please also ensure you have also completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on this site. The information on the form will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. The form will not be treated as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Monday 29th October 2018

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, then our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Rebecca O’Connor (020 7426 3373) or Katy Giddens (020 7426 3973) will be pleased to take your call. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.

Contact details
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