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Careers with the Society for the Environment


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Relevant External Careers

 Chair of Natural England 


Daily rate of £546 (£141,960 pro rata for a time commitment of 104 days per annum or 2 days per week)


No set location, dependent on successful candidate, (work from home or office, with attendance at meetings in Westminster and various locations)

Closing Date: 

Noon on 20th September 2018


 Natural England, Defra


Natural England plays a key role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government. Its general purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Natural England forms part of the Defra Group and has its own powers and duties, exercising advisory and regulatory responsibilities at arm’s length from Ministers. Natural England is accountable to Defra’s Secretary of State for the delivery of its objectives.

As Chair of the Board your leadership will be essential in driving ambitious plans with the senior leadership of the organisation. You will be able to share your experience and enthusiasm for the natural environment, be able to work collaboratively and in partnership nationally, as well as locally, with stakeholders and staff alike.

The Chair provides leadership and strategic vision for the Board, sets the overall strategic operational direction of Natural England, ensures good governance and, with the Board, holds the executive to account. They promote a positive and constructive relationship with everyone that works with Natural England including farmers and other land managers, business and industry, planners and developers, and a wide range of interest groups and local communities as well as Other Government Departments, regulators and local government.

In their applications candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:

  • An ability and capacity to lead and represent Natural England strategically, giving a clear sense of overall vision, strategic direction and purpose and providing support to the Executive team with constructive challenge
  • Significant business acumen and experience working with complex delivery organisations and driving change, including a proven track record at a senior level in the private, public or voluntary sector in a comparable organisation
  • Interest in and an existing understanding – or a capacity to quickly develop an understanding – of environmental issues, the work of Natural England and how it can improve the natural environment and contribute to a range of Government priorities
  • An ability to build an effective team culture, productive relationships, and create consensus around practical solutions both within the Board and in the way the wider organisation does business
  • Experience and insight in delivering a top quality service to customers and of building resilient and collaborative networks with key partners.

For more information on the role, person specification and application process, please visit the public appointments website.

Non-Executive Commissioners - Forestry Commission England

Remuneration:   Daily rate of £409
Location:  Around the country and principal offices in Bristol
Number of Vacancies:  5
Closing Date:  Noon on 19 September 2018
Apply:  Forestry Commission England, Defra


The Forestry Commission (FC) Board of Commissioners will play an important role in the FC’s delivery. It will set the strategic direction, provide leadership for FC activities and direct the executive in the conduct of business; and allocate resources required to meet the FC’s objectives.

The Board will have an important role in overseeing, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the FC’s strategy and objectives, building effective strategic partnerships to support the organisation and its aims. It will promote good governance and sound decision making across the organisation.

Board members will work collaboratively, contributing effectively and constructively challenging group discussions involving a wide range of subject matter and people, including technical specialists and professionals. The Board will formulate and discuss strategic subjects in a board room environment in a coherent and structured way, and ensure that communication with stakeholders is transparent and effective.
Board members will represent the FC and its values at external events and engage with local teams to help support and promote the work of the FC at an operational level.

Find out more and apply via the Cabinet Office website


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