Chief Executive

South West Lakes Trust

Lifton, Devon

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 15th November 2019   3 days left

South West Lakes Trust are looking for an inspiring leader to be our Chief Executive. The charity is dedicated to caring for and enhancing the South West's reservoirs and lakes. These special places provide unrivalled access to watersports, angling, walking and cycling, and are places where family and friends can be active together. Some of our lakes are recognised with special designations including Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserves. We have over 40 sites throughout Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset and take great pride in protecting and enhancing these locations for people to value and enjoy now and for future generations.

There is no better time to be joining and there are many opportunities to make a positive difference to the environment and to the communities of the south west. There are big issues for us to tackle – improving biodiversity; understanding natural and social capital; supporting the health and wellbeing agenda; and, encouraging children and families to get outdoors enjoying nature. We believe engaging with the natural environment enables people to grow.

Appointing the right person is of paramount importance to the organisation. The work and portfolio is wide and varied so we are looking for a strategic thinker who has the ability to lead and inspire employees and volunteers, engage positively with partners and to understand the environment in which we operate – always striving to innovate and create ways to do things better.

As our Chief Executive you will be main interface with, and advisor to, the Board of Trustees and Non-Executive Directors. You will set a clear strategic vision that ensures employee buy-in and engages external stakeholders and partners, always striving for continuous improvement.

For a Candidate Information Pack and details on how to apply please visit

Closing date for applications: 15 November 2019
First stage interviews: by the end of November

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