Chief Executive

Natural England


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    circa £125,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    08 April 2019

  • Client

    Natural England

Ref: GSe52824

Natural England has a long-established role as the statutory deliverer and champion of nature, landscape and access. Right now, our work is undergoing a significant transformation, with the organisation right at the heart of delivering the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which sets out an ambitious programme of changes to deliver a better environment for wildlife and people. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an individual who wants to make a real difference to how our natural environment develops and contributes to the well-being of society and to sustainable economic growth.

It is also a particularly exciting time to join the organisation given the imminent arrival of our new Chair in Tony Juniper, as someone with a long-standing track record of campaigning for the environment.

We pride ourselves on our expertise and commitment to the cause and are looking for a highly motivated leader that matches our values.  Our people are not just knowledgeable and experienced, and often the nation’s top experts in what they do but are incredibly passionate in delivering positive changes.

The organisation is also under no illusions as to the demands being faced, with the growing pressures on our environment, the complex network of stakeholders and customers, budget challenges and we are demanding ever more flexibility and efficiency from our operations; this is a challenge that requires a resilient Chief Executive.

We are therefore looking for an inspirational leader that that can realise the potential of our geographically dispersed team, together with a track record of delivering transformational change to lead the organisation and ensure that we are at the heart of delivering the Government’s 25 year environment plan.

Closing DateMonday 8th April 2019
Expected shortlist meetingw/c 29th April
Assessments and Informal discussionsw/c 6th May
Final Interviewsw/c 20th May
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation:

  1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years
  2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification. You should also include your motivation for applying.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. 

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards becoming an inclusive employer.

For an informal confidential discussion about the role please contact Michael Dobson on 07891 142325 or Mark Turner on 07809 195 638.

Closing date for applications: Monday 8th April 2019

Contact details
Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092