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Chief Executive Galapagos Conservation Trust

A unique opportunity to take the Galapagos Conservation Trust to the next level and continue to grow and extend our impact in one of the World’s most diverse archipelagos.

  • Location: The post holder will be expected to work 3 days per week in the office and there will be flexibility to travel c.2 times a year.
  • Salary: £80,000-£100,000 dependent on experience
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 10th May 2023

Who we are

Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) is the only UK-registered charity to focus solely on the conservation of the Galapagos Islands, one of the most unique and ecologically important, but vulnerable, areas in the world.

With over 28 years of experience supporting impactful conservation programmes across the Archipelago, we partner with Ecuadorian authorities, NGOs, local communities, and leading scientists, both in Galapagos and worldwide.

By raising funds and awareness in the UK, we are able to support and deliver projects in Galapagos and respond to key threats facing the Islands. We focus on restoring natural habitats, conserving threatened species and driving sustainable solutions, helping to contribute to the overall management of this unique ecosystem and provide insight into global conservation approaches.

About the role

The new Chief Executive will provide visionary, empathetic and inspirational leadership both externally in the conservation sector and internally to the organisation.

Under the 8-year leadership of the outgoing CEO, Sharon Johnson, GCT has been transformed into a leading and well-respected voice on the global conservation stage, delivering high-impact science-led conservation programmes and convening multi-partner conservation initiatives to tackle climate threats.

GCT has a strong team, a highly engaged and renewed board and a clear 2023-2025 Strategic Plan. The new CEO will enable us to develop our programmes, grow our local presence on the Islands (including an on-island team) and extend our credibility, influence and voice on a global stage, advocating for the Galapagos Islands, its unique nature and the sustainable livelihoods of its people.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for an inspirational leader who will bring the passion, ambition and drive to take us to the next level. You’ll be an enabling and empowering leader, capable of continuing to nurture and build the capability of our team here in the UK and develop our on-island team. With humility and high emotional intelligence, you’ll bring the soft political influencing and relationship-building skills to work alongside our partners and key stakeholders, including Ecuadorian authorities, NGOs, local communities and the scientific and conservation communities. Furthermore, you’ll be a credible and authentic communicator, able to engage audiences on a global stage and amplify our voice.

Whilst we are in a robust financial position; to achieve all our ambitious aims we continue to focus on growing our income so a track record in developing income and financial sustainability will be important.

The post holder will be expected to work 3 days per week in the office and there will be flexibility to travel c.2 times a year.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Rachel Davies

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Welcome from the Chair: Charmian Caines

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the post of Chief Executive at the Galapagos Conservation Trust. This is your opportunity to contribute to our vital work that Sir David Attenborough has judged essential.  In his words:

 

“Galapagos is one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, home to many plants and animals found nowhere else. But it is also particularly vulnerable. Although 1,000km from mainland Ecuador, plastic is arriving on ocean currents, littering its beaches and affecting its wildlife. Invasive species such as rats and flies, brought to the Islands by humans are devastating communities of birds, plants and the famous Galapagos giant tortoises. Overfishing is taking its toll on whale and hammerhead sharks, turtles and other marine species. I urge you to support the Galapagos Conservation Trust.”

The Trust is restoring biodiversity, protecting oceans and building climate resilience across the Galapagos Islands. We are protecting the islands’ unique biodiversity in the face of climate change and human footprint. All our work is built on scientific solutions, structured into two ecosystem-level programmes – islands and oceans – and aligned with international 2030 biodiversity and climate targets.

We are working with partners to remove invasive species from Floreana island and reintroduce 12 locally extinct species. We are using 10 years of data on giant tortoise movements in Santa Cruz to support the survival of this unique species found only in the Galapagos. We are bringing together global experts and marine scientists to rid the islands of plastic pollution and we are working to ensure 30% of the regions’ oceans are protected by 2030. Our influence was felt at COP26 as we celebrated the President of Ecuador’s commitment to an extended Marine Reserve now half the size of England.

Our departing CEO, Sharon Johnson has been in post for 8 years and has transformed the organisation from primarily a grant-giving Trust funding conservation projects to a leading voice on the global conservation stage, delivering high-impact science-led conservation programmes and convening multi-partner conservation initiatives to address climate threats. We are now searching for an inspirational CEO to move us forward once again.

We operate from grassroots to Government. We want to establish a local presence on the islands to further strengthen the engagement of the local community and grow our already considerable local credibility and influence. This will enable us to be an even stronger voice on a global stage, advocating for the Galapagos islands, its unique nature and the sustainable livelihoods of its people. We want to continue to convene and collaborate with partners to effect positive change. To achieve our ambitious conservation outcomes, we need to grow and diversify our income and secure transformational gifts.  We have a passionate, informed and committed team ready to be guided to greater impact and keen to build on a culture of aspiration and positivity.

In this pack, on our website and in our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan overview you’ll find more information about the role, our work and our plans for the future. If you find the challenge of leading the Galapagos Conservation Trust one that appeals, we look forward to hearing from you.

Charmian Caines
Chair
Galapagos Conservation Trust


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

About the Galapagos Conservation Trust

The Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) was established in 1995 as a UK-registered charity and company limited by guarantee. We are the only UK charity focused exclusively on working to protect the Galapagos Islands and for 28 years have been promoting the conservation and sustainability of the Islands’ outstanding biodiversity.

We’ve made great strides in 2022 but the need for our work remains as pressing as ever.

  • Our conservation science and data have helped create Ecuador’s new 60,000 km² Hermandad Marine Reserve being officially declared at the beginning of 2022 by President Lasso of Ecuador.
  • We were invited to speak at Monaco Ocean Week in March 2022 to discuss the scientific and advocacy efforts behind the creation of the new Hermanded Marine Reserve in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and to explore the tools needed for the effective management of pollution and overfishing.
  • The 2022 World Summit on Island Sustainability was hosted in June 2022 at the Galapagos Science Centre on San Cristobal Island.  During this international event, scientists shared their research in relation to island conservation and sustainability, including GCT’s President, Monty Halls and our Head of Programmes, Dr Jen Jones.
  • In November 2022, GCT staff ran a successful ‘Plastic Pollution Free Galapagos’ Programme workshop in Lima with 65 attendees from 22 organisations from 4 countries (with over 20 Ecuadorian/Galapagos delegates). This collaborative approach is bearing fruit and we are now working with the Galapagos National Park to develop its plastics management plan which will be a model for marine parks globally.
  • We’ve strengthened our financial position, infrastructure and influence to drive forward solutions to conserve and protect the unique biodiversity of Galapagos Islands.

Our Vision

Our vision is of the unique nature and beauty of the Galapagos Archipelago conserved and protected in perpetuity.

Our Mission

The Trust supports, develops and promotes projects that achieve measurable conservation, sustainable living, and protection of the environment of Galapagos.

GCT Strategic Objectives 2023-2025

Organisation: we will continue to invest in the organisation by growing our staff team, focusing on staff development, well-being and diversity, and developing an on-island team.

Programmes: GCT’s conservation work in Galapagos will be consolidated into two ecosystem-level programmes (‘Islands’/‘oceans’), aligned with international biodiversity and climate 2030 targets. Our project portfolio for 2023-25 will focus on four key solutions:

  • stopping species extinctions;
  • eradicating invasive species;
  • building climate resilience;
  • reducing human footprint.

Income: we aim to grow our income to £1.6m with a focus on transformational gifts, major donors and trusts, whilst maintaining supporter activities.

Communications: we will continue to focus on fundraising, but will build out our programme communications to support this via a new communications framework, increased policy communications and greater communications presence on the Islands.

As a membership organisation, we have c. 4,000 members and supporters who share our vision.

Working in Partnership: we deliver our mission in partnership, working with scientists, authorities, NGOs, universities, local and national governments and local communities. We convene and collaborate with over 80 organisations. These include the University of Exeter, the Galapagos Science Centre, the Galapagos National Park Directorate and others, the Ecuadorian Government ministries, Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Science Centre, Migramar, DEFRA, the University of Exeter, IUCN and the EET Education Trust. A map of our strategic partnerships can be found below.

Financials

For the year ended December 2022, our income was £1.25m.  Our aim is to increase income by 27% to £1.6m by 2025 and see expenditure growth of 18% to deliver a greater conservation impact.  At the end of 2022, we carried forward ½ million in funds and at end of Q1 2023 we have 75% of the year’s budget secured.

Our team

The staff team is currently 18 staff (9 full-time, 8 part-time) in the UK and we are in the process of registering as an international NGO in Ecuador establishing Ecuadorian Registration and building our local staff presence on the Islands.

The Trust is governed by a highly engaged board of 11 trustees who bring consolidated knowledge, networks and skills from across the scientific and conservation communities, law, communication, finance, fundraising and policy.  The board meets four times a year and operates committees for Finance, Audit and Risk; Fundraising and Communications; Programmes and Grants; and Nominations.

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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Accessibility

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews

You can read the Galapagos Conservation Trust EDI statement and policy here for more information.


If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 10th May 2023
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