Chief Executive Officer - Chilterns Conservation Board
Oxfordshire
Circa £55-60k

It is an exciting time in the natural environment and landscape sectors and The Chilterns Conservation Board is seeking a strong voice to ensure the protection of the landscape as it faces a period of unprecedented change.

Stretching from the Thames in the south to Hitchin in the north, there are few other designated landscapes which could claim to have as much recreational opportunity as the Chilterns. The Chiltern Hills were designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the 1960s and is one of only two Areas to have the governance structure of a Conservation Board.

The Chief Executive Officer will ensure the Chilterns Conservation Board fulfils its purposes: to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB; and to increase the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the AONB.

The Role

• Lead initiatives to further the purposes of the CCB and the AONB designation.

• Lead creation of the AONB Management Plan as required by statute and co-ordinate its delivery with partners.

• Create and manage delivery of the Board’s Business Plan and key performance indicators.

• Engage and influence stakeholders, partners and decision makers, including central and local government, government agencies and community organisations.

• Lead a partnership approach and ensure close working with National Parks, other AONBs, national and local environmental and heritage organisations and with the National Association of AONBs.

• Ensure the CCB is a high performing organisation with the right capabilities and the appropriate prioritisation of resources.

• Ensure that there is a framework of policies and practices in place to deliver effective people management and development.

• Ensure CCB resources are effectively and efficiently managed and that the organisation has sustainable resources for delivery of its Business Plan.

• Ensure compliance with the CCB’s financial regulations and ensure the Board receives accurate, timely financial and management accounts.

• Ensure that effective meeting and reporting are in place to enable the CCB to fulfil its legal obligations and governance requirements and have transparent decision making.

The Candidate

• Successful track record of strategic leadership at CEO or equivalent level in public, not for profit or commercial sectors.

• Proven track record of achievement in the management of complex, multi-stakeholder relationships and partnerships.

• Experience of developing programmes and plans to create step change in the impact of an organisation.

• Significant experience managing people, income generation and other resources.

• Excellent knowledge of landscape protection, land management and nature conservation.

• Strong and genuine interest in the Chilterns AONB.

• Deep commitment to the natural environment and landscape.

• Able to promote and articulate key priorities for the CCB, communicate its vision and with the ability to inspire and enthuse others.

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: 25th February

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