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IFM - Chief Executive (CEO) (2 days/week)

Paul Coulson | November 30th 2021

£45,000 (pro rata) for 2 days a week on a 2 year contract

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Closing date: Monday 13th December 2021

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to lead the Institute of Fisheries Management. The Institute is in the process of becoming a charity and has recently published a new and ambitious 5-year strategy. We need a visionary leader to steer the Institute through its next phase of development and to achieve its mission to support and promote sustainable fisheries management for the benefit of its members, fisheries, wildlife, and society. There is potential for our activities to grow significantly. Consequently, we are looking for someone with flair, entrepreneurial ability and a broad skill set to increase our profile and influence as the key body providing opinion, advice, and training on professional and sustainable fisheries management.


Formed in 1969, the IFM is the professional Institute for all those with an interest in the sustainable management of fish and fisheries.

The five-year strategic outcomes the IFM aims to deliver are to be:

  1. The membership body of choice for all those with an interest in fish and fisheries management, with 50% more members.
  2. The major provider of training, education and technical services relating to advanced, sustainable fisheries management.
  3. An effective influencer of Government and its agencies with respect to policies and legislation which support sustainable fisheries management.
  4. An efficient, and effectively run organisation with net zero carbon emissions.

The IFM currently employs 2 full time staff who are home based.

The CEO will be responsible to the IFM’s Board but will report to its Chair or as required, other nominated Trustees. The position will be home based but the CEO will be required to attend meetings throughout the UK and Ireland. The post holder will represent the IFM on a number of relevant Government, Government Agency and e NGO consultative groups and will be expected to liaise widely with other relevant bodies.


Key Areas of work and relevant tasks

  1. Organisational Management:
  • To ensure that the work of the IFM is carried out in accordance with its Charitable Objects, its current aims, charity law and any relevant best practice guidance. To be conversant with and work within the IFM’s Governance Procedures and its policies and guidelines.
  • To chair the Executive and Advisory Council meetings and manage on a day-to-day basis any staff and consultants directly employed by the IFM.
  • To drive and monitor the performance of the IFM including that of the unpaid Directors.
  • To prepare, or oversee the preparation of, papers and documents for the Board, including annual reports, annual accounts, committee papers, agendas, and minutes in collaboration with relevant staff and/or Board members. To produce Position Statements as required.
  • To ensure delivery of an annual budget for consideration by the Board and to oversee management of the IFM’s finances.
  • To seek out and obtain funding for the IFM in line with any targets set by the Board.
  • To report the IFM’s activities to the Board on a regular basis and to ensure that any issues of consequence are brought to its attention immediately.
  1. Organisational Development
  • To deliver the IFM’s  5-year Strategy through a series of Annual Business plans.
  • To be responsible for the training and development of the IFM’s staff.
  1. Policy and Campaigns
  • To ensure the development of relevant polices for the IFM and to lead on any campaigns at the request of the Board.
  • To ensure responses are made to relevant Consultations.
  1. Public Relations
  • To act as the principal spokesperson for the IFM and to raise its profile in all relevant arenas.
  • To ensure the maintenance and development of the IFM’s website.
  • To produce press releases as required.
  1. Collaborative Working
  • To build and maintain productive relationships with other organisations and to work formally and informally with other relevant organisations across the UK and wider afield as required.
  1. Other Duties
  • To carry out any other relevant duties reasonably requested by the Board.


The following is a list of the qualifications, knowledge, experience, and personal attributes that we would expect from the ideal candidate. We do not necessarily expect an applicant to fulfil all the criteria.


  •  A relevant degree is desirable

Knowledge and experience

  • A deep understanding of fish and fisheries management and aquatic ecology.
  • Proven experience of successfully identifying and obtaining funding for third sector organisations.
  • Practical knowledge of relevant decision-making processes in the UK and Northern Ireland including by Government and its Agencies and through the planning process.
  • Experience of advocacy work and a clear demonstration of having successfully delivered positive change.
  • Media experience would be desirable.
  • Experience of financial and project management, and competence in IT.

Personal Attributes

  • A strong Leader and manager
  • Self-starter with entrepreneurial skills.
  • The credibility to be the main representative and spokesperson for the IFM
  • Political acumen.
  • The ability to lead and motivate a small team and to provide broader strategic leadership within the Institute and the Environmental NGO sector in the UK and Ireland.
  • An objective thinker able to convey complex issues to a diverse audience clearly and simply.
  • A collaborative style able to build coalitions around delivering initiatives or resolving issues.
  • The resilience to overcome demanding challenges and the determination to make things happen, often with limited resources.
  • A confident communicator in both the written and oral media.


A salary of £18,000 per annum + a 5% employer pension contribution + any approved expenses incurred whist undertaking your duties.  A total of 33% (£6K) of the salary will be dependent on the achievement of agreed objectives.

Flexible part time working arrangement (equivalent to 2 days per week) on an initial two year fixed term contract. There will be a 6-month probationary period.


Applicants should send their CV and a written submission of no more than 2 pages setting out how their qualifications, experience and personal attributes would enable them to meet the job description. Completed applications should be sent to [email protected]

Suitable candidates will be formally interviewed. Method and location for the interview will be dependent on any Covid 19 restrictions applying at the time. Should you require any further details please contact the IFM President, Chris Mills on [email protected]

Closing date for applications is Monday the 13th December 2021