Chief Executive Officer

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

Thetford, Norfolk
£75,000 - £85,000 dependent on experience +11% employer pension contribution

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Monday, 1st June 2020   3 days left

Are you inspired by birds and nature and passionate about science?

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is seeking a new CEO to lead this vibrant organisation, champion its values and deliver its vision of ‘a world inspired by birds and informed by science’.

You will take overall responsibility for design and execution of the BTO strategic vision, building our thriving organisational culture, and providing leadership to our people and network of volunteers who deliver world-class science, engagement and communication.

We seek a CEO with a participative leadership style, capable of providing clear direction, being a confident advocate for the BTO vision and a first-class communicator.

You will be able to demonstrate experience in strategic leadership, the development of successful organisational culture and partnership-working, skills in communication to a wide range of audiences, and knowledge of science and wildlife conservation.

The Chief Executive is accountable to the Board for delivering the mission of BTO. You will report to the Chair of the Board, Professor Jenny Gill, and be supported by department Directors and 130 committed and hard-working staff, based at our headquarters in Norfolk, our country offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Porzana in East Sussex.

The post of CEO of the BTO will become vacant on the retirement of
Dr Andy Clements in December 2020.

‘This is an extremely exciting opportunity to lead a wonderful charity, in which skilled professionals and volunteers work together to deliver world-class science, outreach and impact. The BTO has a clear vision and goals, underpinned by the shared passion and commitment of staff, trustees, members and volunteers, and has been skilfully led by our exceptional outgoing CEO, Dr Andy Clements. The response of the BTO to the current pandemic has been agile and innovative, and the charity has continued to grow and develop during these unprecedented times. It is a pleasure and privilege to serve as Chair of BTO Board of Trustees, and I look forward to supporting the next CEO in helping the BTO continue to flourish’ (Professor Jenny Gill, Chair of BTO Board).

Closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 5 June.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held remotely on Wednesday 8 July.

For further information and to apply visit our website:

To arrange an informal chat about the position please email Nicki Read on

Charity No. 216652 (E&W); SC039193 (Scotland)

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