Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

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  • Sector:

    Directors & CEOs

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    Circa £65,000

  • Contact :

    Jenny Hills

  • Contact email:


  • Contact phone:

    020 7820 7321

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  • Published:

    over 1 year ago

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For almost 75 years, the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has been the leading membership charity dedicated to protecting and restoring Britain s network of 6,500 miles of canal and river waterways; using our extensive experience and member knowledge to formulate policy and to undertake local and national campaigns that have brought huge benefits to the UK's inland waterways. Our vision is "A thriving, growing network of sustainable inland waterways for everyone."

We are now seeking a new Chief Executive Officer who will steer us through the next stage of our journey, building on our success, addressing the challenges identified in the review of the Association s work and objectives, while retaining our independence and respecting our charitable objectives. The CEO will work with all areas of the Association to ensure the successful implementation of our One IWA ambitions, ensure that governance arrangements are fit to deliver the benefits to the sector that are sought by our members, and secure and retain funding sources to ensure we maximise the achievements of our organisation. Crucially, they will represent IWA in the wider inland waterways community to a range of audiences, from partner organisations, to policy-makers, to the general public.

Key details:
Title: Chief Executive Officer the Inland Waterways Association (IWA)
Salary: Circa 65,000
Hours of work: Full time/permanent
Location: Chesham

  • We are looking for an exceptional leader who can both manage the charity, its team and resources to achieve our goals, and also inspire people internally and externally to deliver on our vision in a time of significant change for the organisation.

  • As well as a clear passion for the outdoors environment including a deep appreciation of the waterways, the successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrable experience of leadership at CEO or senior director level at an organisation of comparable scale, structure and complexity, with experience of operating at Board level.

  • Proven experience of developing and implementing wide-reaching strategies that successfully deliver objectives.

  • Experience of acting as an ambassador, engaging with external stakeholders to achieve impact and change.

  • A successful record of engaging, supporting and motivating staff and volunteers to perform to the best of their abilities.

  • Proven experience of creating and sustaining a high performance culture with a track record of success in driving impact.

  • Proven track record of increasing achievement, income and scope within the charity, private or public sectors.

  • Strong financial experience, including the ability to plan resources appropriately and understand financial reports.

To download the Information Pack for this role and details on how to apply please click here.

For the application form please click here.

To apply for the role please send an up to date CV, a Supporting Statement addressing the full person specification in the information pack and an application form to Jenny Hills at executive.harrishill.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 4th January 2021.