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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been the voice for our seas for 30 years; championing sustainable seafood, clean seas and beaches and protection for marine wildlife.

Chief Executive

Location: Flexible with regular visits to Ross-On-Wye
Salary: c£70,000
Closing date: 8th June 2016

Our seas are under immense pressure – too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and not enough is being done to protect our marine wildlife, habitats and fish stocks. The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife. We work with the public, governments, industry, commercial partners and communities to raise awareness of the serious issues facing our seas – campaigning for a network of protected areas for our marine environment, a sustainable future for our fisheries and fish stocks, and clean seas and beaches free of pollution and litter. Our role is to educate and inspire people to change their habits, opinions and preconceptions to help preserve our oceans for generations to come.
The new CEO will work with an ambitious Board and talented Senior Management Team with responsibility for leading the activities across the UK to achieve the MCS vision of seas fit for life. The CEO will represent MCS externally with a wide range of audiences building partnerships with national and regional government, NGOs, industry, donors and corporate partners. The role will therefore require significant focus on working to build MCS’s profile, income and influence, responding appropriately to conflicting priorities.


The Role:

  • To drive the development of the organisation’s business plan and strategy overseeing all aspects of the work of the charity, its staff and volunteers, ensuring the financial sustainability and ongoing modernisation of MCS through effective fundraising and marketing, programme delivery and sound financial stewardship. 

  • To act as the principal external representative and face of MCS, serving as a key spokesperson whilst cultivating positive and influential relationships with individual and organisational stakeholders.  You will establish productive partnerships which contribute to the delivery of the charity’s aims and objectives.

  • To ensure MCS maximises its potential to attract diverse and sustainable funding to achieve its business plans and targets. You’ll also lead MCS’s business development through the encouragement of creative growth opportunities and support the preparation of proposals to major funders.

  • To be responsible to the Board of Trustees and Chairman for the health and performance of MCS ensuring clear and open communication, presentation and reporting to the Board on all strategic, financial, risk and governance matters.

The Person:

  • A proven track record of successful, senior leadership experience in an organisation where growth and income generation are key features, with evidence of leading large teams, driving change and innovation.

  • A strong, confident and persuasive communicator with outstanding negotiation, public speaking and stakeholder management skills.

  • A strong personal commitment to marine conservation, with the ability to lead impactful and successful campaigning and advocacy.

  • Demonstrable experience of engaging regional and national government on policy change.

  • Well developed strategic business planning and financial literacy and experience of working and reporting to a board of trustees. 

Download the Candidate Brief here

Applications are being managed on our behalf by Berwick Partners - please visit their website here:


For any enquiries email or telephone 01989 561574.

MCS is an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. Eligibility to work in the UK is required.

Registered Charity No: 1004005 (England & Wales) SC037480 (Scotland)

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