Chief Executive Officer

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Worcester, UK
  • Salary: £55,000 - £60,000

Website Severn Rivers Trust

Please apply using the Information Pack and Application Pack at Updates (

The River Severn is the longest river in the United Kingdom, stretching for 220 miles from its source in the Cambrian Mountains in Powys Wales, through the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and into Gloucestershire to the Severn Estuary. The culture and economy of the historic settlements across the catchment have been intertwined with the river through commercial navigation, fishing, water supply and trade. Today, the Severn’s rivers continue to play an essential role in supporting the wildlife, wellbeing and economy of the region.

The Board of Trustees of the Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) is seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who has strategic vision and proven leadership skills, understands the business operating imperatives that combine to make an organisation sustainable in the long term and can lead the implementation of our strategy.

Irrespective of the SRT’s status as a registered charity, it is also a business and the operation of the SRT requires strong planning, effective management, and efficient processes, as well as proactive marketing and income generation while maintaining the reputation of the Trust.

The new CEO’s leadership skills and experience should cover all of the core responsibilities that accompany the role – strategic organisational planning, business development, operational delivery, workforce development, management of resources and finance. It is expected that the new CEO will also have environmental knowledge and conservation experience.

The role presents an exciting opportunity to take SRT forward and to make significant impact in tackling environmental issues in the region, promoting the concept of integrated catchment management, and implementing the aspirations of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

  • Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
  • Salary: £55,000 – £60,000 Pension: 9% Employer and 6% employee contribution / Life Assurance
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week
  • Annual Leave: 36 days (including English bank holidays) increasing to 38 days after two years consecutive service
  • Reports to: Chair of the Severn Rivers Trust Board
  • Responsible for: All staff, with four direct line management reports – Head of Community Engagement, Head of Finance, Head of Land Management, Head of River Restoration


Role Purpose *

To lead the implementation of our Strategic Plan as agreed with the Trustees. To ensure that the Severn Rivers Trust is financially stable and a viable commercial operation with a mixture of income streams, and to oversee both the development and morale of staff and relations with principal stakeholders and key funders.

Additional roles: Director of Severn Rivers Ecology Ltd (trading arm of SRT) Director and Trustee of Afonydd Cymru (SRT representative)

This is a dual role as the CEO of SRT and a Director, and lead officer, of Severn Rivers Ecology Ltd.

All Rivers Trusts in Wales are members of Afonydd Cymru and the senior officer for each Trust acts as the representative of their Trust on the Afonydd Cymru Board.

Application deadline: 16/05/2021

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £55,000.00-£60,000.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Interviews will be face to face unless otherwise determined due to Covid-19 precautions

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19
Upload your CV/resume or any other relevant file. Max. file size: 2 MB.