Chief Executive Officer

Borders Forest Trust

South Scotland
£35,000 - £40,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 01835 830750 Jane Rosegrant

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, environmental education

Closing date: Monday, 22nd October 2018   3 days left

Borders Forest Trust is a regional environmental charity established in 1996 to conserve, promote and restore native woodland and associated habitats in the south of Scotland and engage local people and visitors in woodlands. The Trust is seeking a new CEO to lead the organisation and manage its small and dynamic team.

BFT works on Trust-owned land in the Moffat Hills as well as with private landowners and farmers throughout the Scottish borderlands. The Trust also supports a number of community woodlands and related projects and works with schools and young adults delivering outdoor learning.

The BFT-owned land comprises principally 3 large land holdings; Carrifran Wildwood, Corehead & the Devil's Beef Tub and the Talla & Gameshope Estate. It covers some 3,100ha in the central Southern Uplands where BFT is restoring native woodlands and associated upland habitats. BFT's vision is that these holdings will eventually form the core of a much larger area of wild land. We describe this as 'Reviving the Wild Heart of Southern Scotland.'

Many aspects of BFT's work are supported by experienced volunteers, while larger groups take part in challenging work on volunteer days and camping weekends on BFT's wild land.

Objectives of the Post

The CEO is responsible for the effective management of the Charity's operations, finances and people. The post-holder co-ordinates the delivery of major aspects of the charity's activity and implements work to develop BFT's income, profile, networks and partnerships. The CEO works in close collaboration with the Board of Trustees. Working effectively with the Board, the post holder will have the leadership capabilities needed to take the charity forward.

The CEO is responsible for leading the Trust's strategic development, management, fundraising and partnership building. The post-holder will have excellent management skills and a capacity for strategic analysis, vision and planning.

Principal Duties

  • Staff and financial management
  • Strategy, planning and development
  • Partner and external relations working

Application Process

Full job description and person specification is available online at

Apply by email, with a CV and cover letter stating why you are suited to the role and how you fit the person specification, to:- 

Jane Rosegrant, Chief Executive, Borders Forest Trust, email by 12 noon on Monday 22nd October 2018. Interviews will be held on Friday 16th November 2018.

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