Chief Executive - Cotswolds Conservation Board
Location: Northleach, Gloucestershire
Salary: c. £70,000

The Cotswolds is often described as the quintessential English rural landscape.

The area’s limestone field boundary walls, stone buildings and rolling hills are all seamlessly interwoven. Settlements, both large and small, built from limestone with a common architectural heritage sit within the countryside around them. No other area combines such a high quality landscape with its high quality village and town architecture.

The Cotswolds was originally designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 and extended in area in 1990. At 790 sq miles or 2,038 sq kms it is the largest of all the AONBs and third largest Protected Landscape in England, after the Lake District and Dales National Parks. It stretches South West from just south of Stratford Upon Avon in the north to Bath in the South.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is an independent statutory body that works to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswolds AONB, to increase understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities, and to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities.

The board seek to appoint a Chief Executive, to replace Martin Lane who retires later in the year after many successful years as its director.

The Chief Executive will be responsible for leading the operation and development of the Board. They will be the champion and lead spokesperson for the Conservation Board and AONB, promoting the vision and ambition of the Board through Board members, staff, volunteers, partners and other stakeholders.

The Role

Key aspects of the role are to:

• Develop a strategy for the advancement and development of the Conservation Board involving members, staff, volunteers and stakeholders as appropriate.

• Lead the delivery of the Board’s two purposes and duty through the Board’s Management Plan, Position Statements, Landscape and Strategy Guidelines and Business Plan.

• Ensure as necessary, the provision of policy and professional advice to all Board members in the decision making process, promoting the efficient operation of the Board within the context of the Board’s Constitution and obligations.

• Lead the staff and volunteers through a devolved structure, ensuring optimum performance in the delivery of the desired strategic outcomes. Act as a role model in espousing the values of the Board.

• Take full responsibility for the reputation of the Board externally and be proactive in developing mutually beneficial public, private and voluntary sector partnerships that assist the work of the Board and help deliver desired outcomes.

The Candidate

• You will be able to demonstrate a successful track record of strategic leadership at senior management level in the public or not for profit sector, with proven experience of leading, managing and overseeing complex, multi-stakeholder relationships and partnerships.

• You will possess strong management and leadership skills and demonstrate a successful track record of managing and developing staff and volunteers.

• You will possess a successful track record of income generation and resource management, be comfortable managing projects and in growing initial concepts into project start-ups and longer term initiatives.

• You must have strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and influence a wide range of stakeholders.

• A commitment to the natural environment and landscapes is essential.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; William Pringle or Leia Clancy on 020 7529 3090.

Closing date for applications: Friday 28th June

Interview date: Wednesday 31st July

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