Interim Chief Executive Officer (Maternity Cover)

  • Contract
  • Bristol
  • Posted 3 weeks ago

Bristol Green Capital Partnership

Role: This role is offered on a 5 days per week basis (1FTE / 35 hrs per week)
Note: We welcome proposals on different approaches to fulfilling this role,
for example, secondment(s), employment on a part-time/flexible basis or as a job share – and
invite candidates to indicate their availability and preferences in their expression of

Interview stages:

  • First stage interviews: Online, week commencing 10 April 2023
  • Second stage meeting: In-person, date TBC
  • Start date: 1 June 2023, with some flexibility if required

Note on applications: Bristol Green Capital Partnership
recognises the importance of an inclusive society, creating opportunities and access for all
individuals. We are committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity, ensuring accessibility,
and respecting human rights. We strive to ensure that marginalised groups are represented and
that our organisation reflects the diversity of the city in which we operate (considering all
protected characteristics). We encourage and welcome applications from candidates from all

Work permits: We are, however, unable to offer sponsorship for work permits or visa
applications. Only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered, evidence of
which will requested during the recruitment process.

About the role

Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC is the community interest company that supports Bristol’s
environmental sustainability network of 1,000+ member organisations. Its purpose is to catalyse
collective citywide action towards a zero carbon, socially just Bristol where communities and
nature thrive.

Over the last several years, the Partnership has played a strategic role in supporting Bristol
to take strides forward in delivering the One City Climate and Ecological Emergency strategies.
Simultaneously the Partnership’s values and strategy have
and, within our upcoming rebrand, these changes will soon be reflected for an
external audience.

The successful candidate will lead the Partnership’s work at an exciting time, developing
relationships and opportunities that will enable the organisation to grow, fulfil its potential
and deliver for Bristol. Specifically, during this period, we are looking for an experienced
leader to:

  • Support the organisation to successfully navigate the changing political context in Bristol
    and the West of England;
  • Ensure high quality delivery of Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s programme and key projects;
  • Embed the upcoming new brand with existing and new audiences, continuing to raise the
    profile of the organisation and identify strategic opportunities locally, regionally and
  • Monitor the potential risks to the organisation’s income mix arising from the
    recession/cost of living crisis and diversify income streams accordingly to ensure the
    Partnership’s work can continue; and,
  • Review organisational capacity and respond with action, where needed, to liaise with key
    strategic partners and support effective delivery of projects

Learn more about Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC at: and read our latest

Annual Review.

Main responsibilities

Please note the following list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and a comprehensive list
will be provided to the successful candidate:

Leadership & Direction

  • Lead delivery of the business plan and contribute to the future direction of Bristol Green
    Capital Partnership CIC, including guiding policy and overseeing programmes and initiatives.
  • Work with the Board of Directors, Partnership member organisations and others to continue
    and build on a rolling programme of strategic projects and associated activities that enhance
    the Partnership’s role as the key umbrella organisation for environmental sustainability in the
    city with strong links with the West of England region.
  • Report regularly to the Board of Directors providing advice and timely and accurate
    information regarding finances and progress towards the delivery of the agreed aims and targets
    and (as appropriate) communicate these with the wider membership.


  • Support the staff team of 6 to deliver successful projects, by facilitating prioritisation
    within a motivated and positive workplace culture.
  • Monitor performance against key performance indicators for the company and individual
    projects, and report these to the Board of Directors and funders on a regular basis.
  • Maintain operational oversight of the organisation including HR, legal, financial, office
    arrangements and COVID-19 secure workplace and events practices – working in conjunction with
    the Operations and Projects Manager.

Income generation & fundraising

  • Nurture existing relationships with supporting member organisations in order to maintain
    sufficient core funding to support the Partnership’s work and build relationships with
    potential new supporting members.
  • Keep future income generation plans under review and develop plans appropriate to the
    strengths, aims and ambitions of the Partnership. Identify and pursue new sources of income and
    funding from private, public and/or voluntary sectors when appropriate opportunities arise.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for new impactful projects that will contribute to
    achieving the Partnership vision and business plan involving the membership organisations.
  • Provide support developing future opportunities for the Community Climate Action project
    currently underway and work with partners to boost delivery of community-led climate action in

Advocacy & Communication

  • Act as an ambassador for the role, value and impact of the Partnership, its member
    organisations in Bristol and neighbouring areas at regional, national and international levels,
    raising awareness of the Partnership’s work within business, academia, the public and third
    sector in the city and region.
  • Work with partners to ensure that the city’s profile as a leading environmentally
    sustainable city is at the heart of policy-making, project activity and city campaigns..
  • Where appropriate, lead or identify leads from within the Partnership to respond to key
    city, regional or national policy developments and consultations.

Essential criteria

  • Three years’ or more experience in a senior leadership position, with a proven track record
    of developing and implementing organisational strategies and/or business plans
  • Three years’ or more experience of overseeing company and/or project financial management,
    including developing budgets, financial reporting and risk monitoring;
  • Successful management of external strategic relationships with multiple and varied
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to use a range of
    approaches to engage new and existing stakeholders
  • Strong inter-personal skills and experience of managing a team, creating a positive and
    inclusive working environment where staff are supported and developed to reach their potential
  • Experience of successful income generation, for example through fundraising, commissioning,
    grant applications or business development activities
  • Knowledge and interest in the environmental sustainability issues currently facing the
    Bristol city-region and the broader national and global agenda
  • Confident and effective use and administration of IT systems, such as Microsoft 365
    Business and virtual meeting platforms such as MS Teams and Zoom.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of working with a board of directors and facilitating successful governance
    within a charitable, community interest company or non-profit setting.
  • Practical knowledge of legal obligations, policies, procedures and data protection
    regulations the Company is obliged to adhere to.
  • Confident public speaker, willing and able to communicate in a range of formats, including
    in person or virtually.

Further details

Place of work: The role is hybrid but flexible. The Partnership has a centrally-based Bristol
office and the successful candidate must be willing to work in the office at least 2 days per
week. Travel expenses, outside of usual commuting, incurred within the role will be reimbursed.

Flexible working: Company staff benefit from a flexible approach to working, but there is no
formal flexitime system. Excess hours may be taken in lieu by agreement with your line

References: Applicants will be asked to provide the names and contact details of two referees.
One should be your most recent Director / Employer

How to apply

Please send us your CV (or a summary of your experience) and cover letter to [email protected] with ‘Interim
Chief Executive Officer’ in the subject line by 11:59pm, 2 April.

  • The cover letter (ideally no more than 2 pages long) should outline your interest in the
    role and suitability of your skills and experience, including how you meet the person criteria
    outlined below. Please also indicate your availability to start and any preference regarding
    the basis of employment (e.g. full time / part time)
  • Please complete our Equality & Diversity monitoring form and return it with your
    application. Download the form in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Interviews are likely to be held virtually, during the week commencing 10 April 2023. Please
let us know if you are unlikely to be available during this week in your cover letter, or if
you have any specific access requirements

If you have any questions, or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please
email us to arrange a call: [email protected]

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