Chief Executive –– Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Posted: 3 February   |   Full-Time   |  WWT Slimbridge and Headquarters, United Kingdom


Working across the UK and globally to conserve wetlands for wildlife and people.

Almost all life depends on wetlands for water, food or habitat. As the UK’s leading wetland conservation charity for the last 75 years, WWT has built a reputation as a conservation pioneer, saving wetlands and wetland species, providing essential conservation evidence and as experts in wetland management, restoration and creation. WWT inspires people around the world to live sustainably with wetlands and to value the amazing things healthy wetlands achieve for people and nature alike. WWT is a £25m organisation with 400 employees and over 1000 volunteers. It manages over 3,000 hectares of nationally important wetlands in the UK across ten sites, welcoming over 1 million visitors a year and has major conservation programmes in Madagascar, Cambodia and China.

With big ambitions ahead, WWT is now seeking to appoint a Chief Executive to ensure a greater impact for wetlands and across the wider environmental sector and fulfil its charitable objectives. This role has the opportunity to look to the future, to grow WWT and to increase the impact the organisation has through its ultimate goal of creating 100,000 hectares of wetland in the UK and inspiring another million people to take action for wetlands. Growing the finances and the number of members and other supporters of the trust is an essential source of strength for the organisation.
Reporting to the Council, you will be responsible for delivering the organisation’s vision, mission and strategy in an engaging and inspiring way. Most importantly, you will be a compelling ambassador for WWT, representing the organisation and wetlands in the UK and internationally, growing its profile and advocating for wetlands at the highest levels.

The role

This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual with genuine passion to make a positive difference for conservation and the environment and lead an iconic organisation.

You will demonstrate significant experience in strategic leadership and delivery in complex organisations.You will be an authentic and empowering leader with an ability to engage, inspire and motivate people internally and externally. You will be an inspirational organisational ambassador for wetlands and wetland species to a wide range of audiences and forge effective partnerships and collaborations globally to deliver impactful results.

How to apply

To apply, or download further information on the required skills and experience for this exciting and critical role, please visit quoting reference 4962. The deadline for applications is 9am GMT Monday 1st March.

The headquarters for WWT is Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire, however, the base location for this role is negotiable. Please note, when travel safely resumes there is a need for regular national and international travel in order to fulfil the requirements of this role. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.