Chief Executive

Chief Executive

Closing date:
Salary: £77,878pa to £86,298pa plus 7% pension
Contract type: Permanent / Working hours: Full time
Location: Cricklepit Mill, Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AB

WildNet - Harry Hogg

Do you want to make a difference for nature?

Could you make a difference for wildlife in Devon?

Could you be the new Chief Executive?

Contact details

Applications should be made through the Networx portal and include a CV together with a supporting statement (no more than two sides of A4 in length) to demonstrate your suitability against the Job Description and Person Specification.

References will be requested prior to the second interview with permission of the candidate.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Wendy Fernandez (HR Manager) or Hannah Andrews (HR Assistant) on 01392 279244 or email

To arrange an informal conversation about the role please contact Wendy or Hannah in the first instance.

We are seeking a new CEO to lead the Devon Wildlife Trust and its work across Devon and the wider Wildlife Trust movement. Devon is one of the nation’s most beautiful counties, with two national parks and two stunning coastlines. The CEO will lead the Trust to ensure that the Devon of the future is far more nature rich, environmentally resilient,  and healthier to live in than it is today.

DWT is Devon’s leading wildlife conservation charity, with over 36,000 members, 350 regular volunteers, 100 staff and 63 nature reserves. We are one of the larger locally based organisations that collectively make up The Wildlife Trusts. DWT has pioneered the reintroduction of beavers in England and the restoration of internationally rare habitats like Culm Grassland. We are an outspoken Trust, keen to lead by example and drive a nature-positive agenda here in Devon and we regularly achieve best results from national campaigns.

We are looking for an innovative leader with a proven track record of running a successful organisation to build on our success. You will be passionate about the environment and have the credibility to maintain DWT’s position as a trusted voice for wildlife conservation. You will be an ambassador for DWT and have the ability to broker and maintain partnerships. You will understand the importance of bringing others with you and promoting a culture that gets the best out of a team.


In return for your hard work and dedication you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (increasing to 28 days after 5 years’ service)
  • Agile working arrangements including home working
  • Flexitime system
  • Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Death in Service cover
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Training and development opportunities


This is a full-time, permanent post based at Cricklepit Mill, Exeter.

Interviews are being held on Wednesday 26 April and TBC.

We welcome candidates of all backgrounds and abilities who meet the essential criteria for this role. We are an inclusive organisation that is seeking to involve more diverse audiences in our work.