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Chief Executive Officer


Job details


Sherwood Forest Trust


£50,000 - £54,000

Hours of work

3 days (22.2 hours per week)



Closing date

July 22, 2024


SFT Offices, Edwinstowe and hybrid options.

About Sherwood Forest Trust

Established in 1995, the Trust is the only charity devoted entirely to Sherwood – the world’s best loved forest. Independent of any political, commercial or Government body, the Trust works to protect, preserve and promote this unique heritage landscape. We have been, and continue to be, committed to various projects aimed at conserving the history and heritage of this historic woodland, nurturing biodiversity and fostering community and cultural engagement. From tree planting initiatives to wildlife conservation efforts and telling the story about the peoples of Sherwood Forest, our work is driven by a passion for safeguarding this national treasure for generations to come.

In our new Chief Executive, we are looking for an individual who will provide leadership and identify and secure new sources of income to enable the Trust to continue on a firm financial footing alongside managing our staff and engaging with key stakeholders.

Key elements of the role are to:

  • work closely with the Trustees to ensure alignment with the charitable objectives of the Trust and adhere to governance principles.
  • manage a small team of staff and volunteers, sustaining morale and commitment, leveraging their enthusiasm and interest to achieve the maximum impact with limited resources.
  • Secure ongoing funding, including identification of new growth areas, work programme opportunities and diverse funding streams.
  • maintain and develop partnerships and networks with key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides the strategic lead & champions the work of the SFT to external stakeholders.
  • Manages the effective implementation of the business strategy and work programmes.
  • Secures ongoing funding, including identification of new growth areas, work programme opportunities and diverse funding streams.
  • Ensures effective and responsible control of finances in accordance with business strategy and SFT charitable objectives.
  • Provides the Board of Trustees with appropriate and timely advice, regular progress reports and key performance metrics.
  • Provides performance management and development support to staff, ensuring that they have clear objectives and the right skills to achieve them.
  • Ensures compliance with charity law, statutory requirements and relevant guidance, via sound governance.
  • Maintains personal expertise, remaining aware of new trends and focussing on continuous professional development.

Person Specification


  • Experience of working in an organisation with environment, conservation or heritage at its core.
  • Operated as a CEO or senior executive, with proven leadership and change management skills.
  • Detailed understanding of P&L, budgeting, balance sheets, cash flow, income statements.
  • Excellent verbal, written and digital communication skills, with the diplomacy required to effectively manage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A track record of initiating/developing new business and income streams.
  • Ability to regularly attend the SFT office and other key locations within the Sherwood area.


  • Experience of working in charity/third sector organisation.
  • Degree level education or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with diverse business functions such as marketing, PR, finance.
  • Experience of providing leadership of a dispersed team.
  • Experience of working with and developing a positive, robust relationship with a Board of Trustees
  • Experience of working with and managing volunteers.
  • Knowledge of charity-related legislation and regulation, including its application and best practice.

For an informal discussion on the post please contact our Chair, Andy Statham, on 07462 892946.

Please see the below form for how to apply or contact: Alison Williams or phone 01623 821490.

Click here for an application form.

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on Monday July 22nd 2024.

The provisional date for interviews is Wednesday September 4th 2024.