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Chief Executive Officer

Salary £55,000 - £60,000 per annum
Location England and Wales - Home-based
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This is a Permanent, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

This is a full time role, 37.5 hours per week.  We would like to encourage applicants from under-represented groups, those with disabilities and/or desiring a flexible working pattern.  We are happy to consider joint applications to fulfil the role as a job share.  A permanent contract will be offered after successful completion of an initial six-month probation period.

Home based with regular travel, particularly to London and the West Midlands.

Annual leave entitlement: 25 days rising to 30 days plus bank holidays in England
Royal London pension scheme (3% employer, 4% employee contributions)

We are looking for someone to lead the National Flood Forum into the next exciting phase of its development.  We are seeking a new CEO to build on the fantastic platform, team and relationships that our retiring chief executive has developed over the last 10 years.

The National Flood Forum is a registered charity established in 2002 to help, support and represent communities at risk of flooding in England and Wales, working closely with our sister organisation in Scotland.  We do this by:

  • Helping people to recover after they have been flooded.
  • Supporting and listening to communities so they feel empowered to manage their flood risk.
  • Expanding the network of 300 Flood Action Groups with flood response plans, flood wardens, and relationships with local agencies and other responders.
  • Representing people at risk of flooding to make sure that authorities and government develop policies and plans with communities in mind.

This is your chance to lead the NFF at a time when climate change is becoming ever more apparent.  The frequency and impact of flooding is on the rise, putting more communities at risk, and creating an urgent need for more action. The Forum has secured a role in a number of new six-year, multi-million pound projects just about to start across the country.  This means the charity is in a strong position to grow its reach and influence under your leadership.


What you’ll do:

  • Work with the board of trustees to develop a long-term vision and strategy for the National Flood Forum and to deliver this through the team of twelve staff.
  • Build strategic relationships with Ministers, MPs, Peers and senior officials in government and the flood risk management authorities (Environment Agency, local authorities, Regional Flood and Coastal Committees, internal drainage boards and water companies).
  • Develop existing and secure new sources of income, including to exploit commercial opportunities through the NFF’s Community Interest Company that you will also lead.
  • Amplify the voice of flood-affected communities and enhance the National Flood Forum’s profile through national media, social media and policy-making forums, and as secretariat of the Flood Prevention All Party Parliament Group in Westminster.
  • Through the team engage with and develop community-based Flood Action Groups across the country, to build capacity, skills and ultimately resilience to increasing flood risks.
  • Work with universities, professional institutions and other technical experts to develop a better understanding of flooding and the people and community dimensions of flood resilience.
  • Lead the NFF team, and in doing so be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of staff, and ensure all statutory requirements, financial standards and other policies are met at all times.


What you’ll bring:

  • Strategic relationship management and alliance building.
  • Thought leadership and exemplary communication skills.
  • Experience of campaign design and policy influence.
  • Track record of income generation and successful bid writing.
  • Team leadership, people management and staff development.
  • Experience of financial, project and strategic risk management.

Whilst some knowledge and experience relevant to flooding is desirable, what is more important is having the drive, enthusiasm, and energy to take the National Flood Forum to the next level, and an empathy for people living at risk and recovering from flooding.

To be effective in the role you will need a fast and reliable internet connection, and a quiet space to work.  A full UK driving licence will also be necessary and access to a vehicle insured for business-use mileage.  All expenses will be compensated.


Please apply by sending us your CV of up to 2 sides, together with a covering letter of up to 1,000 words that explains:

  • why you are interested in becoming our next CEO, and
  • how you meet all the criteria of the role, as stated in the "What you'll bring" section of the job description.


Deadline for applications is midnight on 7th January 2022.


If you are invited to an interview, you will be required to undertake a pre-prepared presentation task. Interviews will be held on 27th and 28th January, and 4th February, 2022 online via Microsoft Teams. A second face-to-face interview may be required.


For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Daniel Johns, chair of the board of trustees via LinkedIn or email.



The National Flood Forum exists to support individuals and communities at risk of flooding and have been doing this across the country since 2002.

We care about putting people first to ensure they are aware of their flood risk, in control of their own lives and able to recover if flooding should occur.

We understand the impact a flood can have on lives and livelihoods.

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