The First Wildlife Trust
Protecting Wildlife
Inspiring People

Chief Executive

Salary £75,000
Location Norwich, with regular travel around Norfolk and more widely when required
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This is a {Advertised Permanent / Temporary}, {Advertised Full Time / Part Time} vacancy that will close in {x} days (x will be populated when viewing published adverts).

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Chief Executive to provide inspirational leadership in accordance with our charitable objectives, providing clear direction, setting strategic goals and engaging all staff, stakeholders and volunteers.


You will work with the Chair, Board and Senior Management Team to continue to develop the vision for our future, determining and driving our business strategy. You will inspire, lead and cultivate the Senior Management Team to achieve our mission through their directorate teams. You will stay cognisant of issues that may impact the trust, responding and reacting whilst mitigating risks. You will also ensure NWT maintains financial security and ensure that we meet all legal requirements.


We are looking for someone with substantial senior management experience — preferably at Chief Executive level — gained within a wildlife, environmental, community or not-for-profit organisation. You will have a demonstrable understanding of environmental issues as they pertain to our aims and objectives. With experience of the successful planning and prioritisation of activities and resources within a complex organisation, you will also have experience of overseeing a complex organisational budget, and of leading change, negotiations, building alliances and maintaining effective relationships.


We are seeking a leader who can engender trust and confidence, provide clear direction to staff and volunteers and to motivate and empower people at all levels of the organisation.


If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you!


The closing date for this role is Sunday 20 June.

First interviews will be held Wednesday 23 June.

Second interviews will be held Monday 28 June.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has an unrivaled reputation as the first, oldest, and among the largest of the 46 Wildlife Trusts. Since 1926 we have saved and stood up for wildlife and wild places. We have inspired people about the importance of nature in its own right and for the benefits, it can bring to the wellbeing of people and communities. And our ambitions continue: to demonstrate best practice on our nature reserves; to work with landowners and other stakeholders to provide healthy ecosystems across a connected landscape; to bring people even closer to nature; to empower staff and volunteers to develop their skills, and to share in The Wildlife Trusts’ national mission to make a positive conservation and environmental impact.

Our vision is a sustainable Living Landscape for wildlife and people, where the future of wildlife is protected and enhanced through sympathetic management and where people are connected with, inspired by, value, and care for Norfolk’s wildlife and wild spaces. We have come a long way in 95 years: 

  • We own and manage more than 60 nature reserves and protected sites covering an area of 2,400 hectares and are working on a landscape scale to rebuild and re-connect fragmented ecological areas.

  • We are supported by more than 35,000 members, about a third of which are outside Norfolk. Of all the Wildlife Trusts, we have the fourth-largest membership.

  • We manage the Norfolk County Wildlife Sites systems, where more than 1,300 sites covering 15,000 hectares.

  • We have more than 100 businesses enrolled in our Investors in Wildlife scheme.

  • Committed volunteers support every aspect of our work, from wildlife surveying to administration.

  • We have five visitor centres and a thriving education centre offering events, workshops, and exhibitions.

  • More than 7,000 students annually take part in educational activities in schools and on nature reserves.

  • We are active participants in the mission of The Wildlife Trusts to secure 30 percent of our land and sea for nature’s recovery by 2030.

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