Chief Executive


5 days per week with some weekend and evening working as required

Closing Date: 05 Dec 2018

Location: St Albans, Hertfordshire – 18 minutes by train from London, St Pancras

Salary: Circa £80,000

Benefits: Contributory pension scheme, 24 days annual leave plus statutory days, additional Christmas closure days and employee assistance programme.

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About CAMRA:

CAMRA is a not-for-profit campaigning consumer group with over 192,000 members that has been operating since 1971. We employ over 50 staff and have a turnover in the region of £14m. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community. We are a volunteer-led organisation, with an enthusiastic and committed staff team of over 50 people working at our Head Office in St. Albans where this role will be based. Our membership is growing at 1% per annum and this is one of several roles we are advertising to support that growth and to further our hard-hitting campaigns.

• We are independent and our policies and campaigning objectives are set by our membership.
• CAMRA's decision making process is wholly independent of any commercial companies or other organisations.
• We are not-for-profit and all proceeds are put back into achieving our campaigning objectives.
• We are consumers. We have no commercial interests in pub or brewery ownership or management.
• We are non-party political. 

Job Details:

To promote the vision and purpose of the Campaign both internally and externally, maintaining and further developing the profile of CAMRA as the voice of Britain's beer drinkers and pub goers, in Parliament, the media and the beer and pub industries so that CAMRA can meet its campaigning objectives.
The Chief Executive (CE), who will be based at CAMRA Headquarters in St Albans, will report directly to the National Executive Board of Directors (NE) made up of 12 volunteers. The CE will lead a team of 3 senior staff team members and have overall responsibility for a staff team of over 50 people.
Working closely with relevant volunteer-led committees, the CE will hold delegated responsibility from the NE to deliver the organisation's five year strategy.

Key Responsibilities:
• Effectively lead and manage the Senior Staff Team (SST), ensuring that they in turn effectively manage, support and develop CAMRA's staff, using CAMRA's performance management system and good working practice.
• To encourage and support the appropriate development of the SST, reviewing their performance on a regular basis.
• Ensure that CAMRA is appropriately resourced with the right skills and experience to deliver the operational parts of the strategic plan.
• To maintain a culture of inclusivity, accountability and responsibility.
• Be accountable for the proper maintenance of buildings, ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for staff and take responsibility for the health and safety of staff.
• To encourage appropriate flexible working practices, where there is no detriment to the delivery of individual, team or organisational objectives.
• Be accountable for a fit for purpose and legally compliant human resources policies and practices within CAMRA, including staff development and recommendations on pay and reward.
• To ensure that CAMRA remains a fulfilling and rewarding place to work.
• To influence the actions of external stakeholders to support campaigning objectives
• To promote and encourage diversity within CAMRA.
• To lead CAMRA's staff in providing a first class service to volunteers and members.

Strategic Planning
• Working with the National Executive, to continually develop the five year strategic plan, advising the NE on strategic issues to ensure that CAMRA's campaigning aims, objectives, income and growth targets are met, whilst also ensuring that plans reflect current market needs.
• Ensure the development, implementation and regular review of annual work plans, balanced scorecards and budgets deliver the objectives within the five year strategy.
• To be the key spokesperson for CAMRA to the industry, media, parliaments and government.
• To develop strong relationships across the media, parliaments, government and the industry and to act as the primary ambassador for CAMRA building opportunities to deliver CAMRA's strategic campaigning objectives.
• To represent CAMRA at functions, events and meetings..
• To be responsible for the development and delivery of highly effective internal and external communication strategies.
• To act as a media spokesperson for CAMRA.
• To provide verbal evidence to Parliamentary Committees.
• To be accountable for the effectiveness of CAMRA's campaigning activity and the delivery of campaign outcomes.

Financial Management
• Through the SST, and working with the Finance and General Purposes Committee, lead on managing the overall financial health of CAMRA and ensuring that the appropriate financial management, planning and control systems are in place to ensure the long-term future of the organisation.
• Be responsible for all financial resources.
• Ensure adequate arrangements for audit and the conducting of business in accordance with company law and financial legislative requirements.
• To work with the NE and SST to prepare annual budgets and ensure that expenditure is controlled in line with agreed budgets.
• Through the SST, continue to grow membership numbers and income in line with targets.
• To maintain a risk register, in line with CAMRA's risk management strategy.
• Through the SST, investigate, develop and continue business and income opportunities, including through existing publications, in accordance with the strategic plan, ensuring that all plans are evaluated against objectives and fully risk assessed.

• To be fully accountable to the NE, through the National Chairman ensuring they are able to fulfil their responsibilities as Directors under Company Law.
• Work with the NE, to develop and maintain effective systems of governance.
• To maintain awareness of and be responsive to changes in legislation, regulation, policy and the external environment that may affect CAMRA's business.
Person Specification:
• Significant senior leadership experience in a similarly sized organisation.
• Experience of governance issues and the roles of Directors.
• A leader who can demonstrate results through leading and managing others.
• A strong relationship builder, diplomatic and tactful.
• Creative imagination and dynamism with a desire to inspire, involve and motivate others.
• Highly tuned communication and literacy skills.
• Highly experienced campaigner.
• Experienced at lobbying at the highest level including attending Ministerial meetings and providing evidence to parliamentary select committees.
• Highly experienced media spokesperson.
• A supreme public relations operator with great presentation skills.
• Demonstrable ability to work with partners and stakeholders at the highest levels.
• Must be able to demonstrate having developed business strategies and plans.
• Must have a clear understanding of, and ideally have worked with, Volunteer Executive Boards.
• Experience of working within the voluntary sector.
• Strong experience of being responsible for significant budgets.
• An enthusiastic, positive and inclusive leadership style.

• Knowledge and understanding of the broad voluntary sector environment.
• A strong understanding of the not for profit sector and membership based organisations.
• An understanding of risk management.
• Knowledge of Company Law.
• In depth knowledge and understanding of issues relevant to CAMRA.
• Knowledge of the beer and related industries.

How to apply:
Applications should be made in writing to Jackie Parker, National Chairman via email to