Website Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Could you Chair the board of a charity at the forefront of tackling some of our greatest water and environmental challenges, on a global stage?

CIWEM is the leading royal chartered professional body and registered charity, dedicated to the sustainable management of the environment, globally. We have an integrated approach to environmental, social and cultural issues and work for the public benefit of a sustainable world.

Chair opportunity

As our sector rises to the challenges posed by the climate and nature emergencies, and Covid-19 recovery, our new strategy puts environmental professionals front and centre, recognising that the sector needs more people with the right skills to deliver high-quality solutions.

We are looking for a committed and motivated individual to help steer CIWEM through a time of exciting opportunity, challenge, development and growth.  We want our new Chair to be someone who feels highly motivated by the central value of our work and who is able to show leadership whilst working collaboratively and collegiately with the other Board members and the executive team.

The chosen candidate will have strong facilitation and excellent interpersonal skills and be willing to be an ambassador for CIWEM.

CIWEM’s Chair will drive a highly passionate Board of internationally renowned professionals and experts in their respective fields who care deeply about the issues our water environment faces. Board meetings are lively debates that not only ensures CIWEM is focussed on its priorities, but remains current and far reaching in its ambition.

If you are keen to volunteer your time to make an impact, bring a different view and be inspired by this incredible team at CIWEM, we want to hear from you!

How to Apply

To apply for this role, you will need to answer role-related questions. Please provide evidence and examples from your career history or other aspects of your life to answer the questions and demonstrate how you meet the criteria required, as listed in the candidate pack.

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Our goal is to remove bias from the recruitment process and so for the first stage of the selection process, rather than asking you for a CV and cover letter, we have set up role-related questions which will allow us to assess your approach to a problem and understand what knowledge and skills you have. Your answers will be anonymised and reviewed by the selection panel. We will use these scores to shortlist for interviews. Shortlisted candidates will then be asked to send in a CV.

Please answer the role-related questions here.

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If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact our recruitment adviser at Eastside Primetimers, Bernice Rook, – having a call of this kind will not influence the success or otherwise of the application. We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.

The overall time commitment is approximately two days a month. Meetings will be a mix of in-person and via Zoom. When attending, the location is Farringdon, London. The role is unremunerated, but travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 8th Jan and interviews will be held weeks commencing 30th January and/or 6th February 2023.

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