Founding Chair – CEH Trading Subsidiary – NOW CLOSED

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

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Trustee Director (Commercial) and Founding Chair-designate of Trading Subsidiary
Fair remuneration

Many of us want to contribute to mitigating the devastating potential effects of climate change, but it’s often hard to see what will have the greatest impact. This unique non-executive role enables you to use your commercial skills and professional experience to make a tangible, long-term positive difference to environmental resilience.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a not-for-profit, independent research centre with over 50 years’ experience of monitoring and modelling environmental change and generating evidence-driven solutions to complex environmental challenges. Scientific curiosity, integrity and transparency are at the heart of how we work. We seek to understand our environment, how it sustains life, and humanity’s impact on it – so that together, people and nature can prosper.

Operating from four UK locations, CEH employs 360 scientists and has a £40m annual budget.

A key element of our forward strategy is the development of a robust commercial model, which will, in turn, enable the planned trading subsidiary to develop new income streams from CEH's world-class research capabilities, and underpin their future effectiveness and reach. This role offers the opportunity to be in at the beginning of a ground-breaking shift in the dissemination and application of environmental research, bringing our world-class capacity to a truly global audience. The outcome will be a wholly new organisation, capable of identifying and maximising opportunities to originate accurate, meaningful research, and use it to the most decisive effect.

We want to hear from experienced, influential and expert individuals who can play a genuinely non-executive role in shaping the future model and then supporting its implementation. Candidates are likely to have held a senior position in a research-led incubator/start-up, environmental consultancy or research organisation, with significant exposure to commercial development and an excellent grasp of how to maximise research-based opportunities. Close familiarity with the range of modes of knowledge exchange is essential, as are high-level skills in product and service innovation, and a sophisticated approach to non-executive strategy and influence.

For a confidential, informal conversation, please contact Andy Wong or Shani Newbold at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or email

Closing date: 22 September 2019