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Badger Trust seeks Executive Director

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead Badger Trust into the next phase of its development, focussing on long-term campaign development and investment for impact.


With the mass badger culls in England, our priority campaign, confirmed as running to 2025 at least, and historic and ongoing illegal persecution among other major issues this iconic species faces, there is much to do at this critical time. We have recently undertaken considerable operational changes, with investment in the staff team, increased focus on our campaign range, and work on our new 5-year strategy is underway. We need an Executive Director who can take the charity forward, leading this well-established, single species, animal protection organisation at pace and with real impact.


Originally established in 1986 as the National Federation of Badger Groups, and evolving into Badger Trust in 2005, the organisation works to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts and their habitats in England and Wales (Scotland is covered by Scottish Badgers). We campaign across a number of areas at national level, and are supported by, and support, a network of over 50 groups on the ground.


The successful candidate will need significant experience in campaigning, ideally for an animal welfare organisation, including building and delivering long-term strategic plans, working with strategic partners and coalitions, and a particular ability to work with key stakeholders in political, scientific and policy areas. They will need a sound understanding of all aspects of operational activity, including financial management and governance of a small charity.


The post holder will take the lead on the planning and strategic oversight of the Trust, reporting to the Chair and working closely with the Board. They will have overall responsibility for the Trust’s finance and budgets and will be ultimately responsible for the day to day running of the charity, including oversight of the business-critical fundraising strategy. They will be an energetic and enthusiastic campaigner, with exceptional organisation and management skills, as well as having significant experience managing staff.


We are looking for someone with a mature approach, strong interpersonal skills, an ability to always find a way forward, and who is excited by the prospect of leading on the next phase of Badger Trust’s development for impact. We are a small, friendly team and need someone with a hands-on approach.


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How to apply

The Right Ethos recruitment consultants are managing this recruitment assignment on behalf of Badger Trust. If you are interested in applying please send your CV to jonathan@therightethos.co.uk by 11.59pm on Wednesday 30th June.


First interviews are likely to be held virtually, with second in person (subject to Covid guidance at the time).


Main terms and conditions of service

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: Up to £45k

4 days a week would be considered for strong candidates

Location: Currently located at East Grinstead, West Sussex but relocating to Brighton from August 2021. Flexible split between home/remote working and time in the office, to be agreed with the Chair on appointment. It is expected the team will work a 60/40 office/remote split once located in Brighton, subject to business needs and Covid guidelines.

Annual leave: 25 days plus Public Holidays

Pension: 3% employer contribution; 5% employee contribution

Other benefits: Cash health plan; death in service benefit; season ticket or cycle purchase loan



Badger Trust embraces diversity and we aim to diversify our staff team (and Board and volunteers) in terms of background and life experience. We welcome all applications, and particularly individuals from racially diverse backgrounds and people with a disability, as they are currently under-represented within our organisation.


To find out more about us please see our website at www.badgertrust.org.uk and in particular, our news site which covers recent Government responses and response documents, as well as the road map for the badger cull www.brockbase.com/news


All enquiries to The Right Ethos. No further agencies please.





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