England, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Do you believe that the time has come to put nature into recovery?

Are you motivated to achieve urgent positive change for wildlife, wild places and people’s relationship with the natural world?

Could you lead the UK’s largest grassroots environment movement to bring about a Wilder Future?

Then we need you.

The Wildlife Trusts is a grassroots movement of people from a wide range of backgrounds and all walks of life, who share our vision of a Wilder Future.  It has more than 800,000 members, 40,000 volunteers, 2,000 staff and 600 trustees.  Forty-six independent Wildlife Trusts work in every part of the UK, on Alderney and the Isle of Man.  Together we work on land and sea, from mountain tops to the seabed, from hidden valleys and coves to city streets, to make the world wilder and make nature part of life, for everyone.  The movement’s central charity leads the development of the movement and gives it a strong united voice.

For more than a century we have been saving wildlife and wild places, increasing people’s awareness and understanding of the natural world, and deepening people’s relationship with it. We’re helping to make life better – for wildlife, for people and for future generations. 

Chief Executive Officer

The Wildlife Trusts


London or Newark, with flexible working

We are looking for a CEO to lead The Wildlife Trusts movement and its central charity. Through trusting and productive relationships within the movement and with numerous outside partners, we are looking for someone to grow support and to influence the UK’s political, social and legal systems so they drive nature’s recovery and rebuild our connection to the natural world.

Working closely and collaboratively with the 46 Wildlife Trusts and building on existing strong foundations, our CEO will act as an ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, extending and strengthening our network of partners (including business leaders, parliamentarians, civil servants, funding partners and the media) to achieve greater impact. They will promote and draw strength from the movement’s federated structure and promote the added value that our unique local and devolved perspective brings and the impact it achieves.

The CEO will lead strong campaigns that inspire, empower and enable the public to take action for nature’s recovery, and to work with The Wildlife Trusts for a wilder future.You will also ensure the development of strategies that harness the power of our movement and support business development.

We are looking for an inspirational, authentic and experienced leader with demonstrable evidence of working with organisations, communities and people to achieve their full potential. You will bring significant experience of building relationships with senior decision makers, influencers and funders to successfully effect social or policy change.  Experienced at working with multiple stakeholders, you will possess exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills and a drive to make a difference, regardless of personal recognition.  You will be highly collaborative, with strong listening and communication skills and a passion for leveraging the collective power of a movement.  Crucially, you will care deeply about nature and will be personally driven to bring about nature’s recovery and people’s connection with wildlife.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, and to find out how to apply, please read the full appointment brief, on the Prospectus website, which can be reached by clicking on the “Apply on Website” Button.

Deadline for applications:  16 September 2019

Interviews with Prospectus: 23 September – 3 October 2019

Interviews with The Wildlife Trusts: 17 and 18 October 2019  

The Wildlife Trusts value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.  We believe that a diverse workforce will help us create our vision of people close to nature, with land and seas rich in wildlife.

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Refreshed on: 05 September 2019
Closed date: 16 September 2019
Job ref: HQ00175607
Tags: Senior Management