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Vacancy for a Chief Executive - Great Western Society Limited

Chief Executive

Great Western Society Limited

Salary c £45,000 plus benefits package  

We are looking for an experienced, innovative and commercially aware Chief Executive for the Great Western Society Limited at its Didcot Railway Centre. This is a newly created role.

The Chief Executive will work with the Board to develop and deliver an organisational strategy to develop the Great Western Society and maximise the return on the resources of the society. The Chief Executive will report directly to the Board and will manage a senior team including paid staff and volunteers.

A major part of the role will be leading the commercial development of Didcot Railway Centre. This is the living history museum of the Great Western Railway.  Situated in 25 acres around the original Grade 2 listed Great Western Railway Engine Shed, Didcot Railway Centre’s collections tell the story of the Great Western Railway, its constituent companies and successors.  The Centre is open on over 200 days a year and runs trains on over 60 days, primarily from Easter to September.

The role includes building our fundraising and marketing capability and increasing our membership; whilst delivering good financial management, governance and stewardship of our resources. In addition, the postholder will direct the management of our exhibition strategy to successfully engage existing and new audiences.

This is an incredibly exciting time for the organisation. The new Chief Executive will lead the change, and will need to inspire, motivate and work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, promoting collaboration to achieve the Centre’s objectives.

Our challenge is to become more commercially orientated and fulfil our vision to be a nationally accredited independent organisation, while operating as a working museum dedicated to the Great Western Railway.  We will continue to provide suitable facilities to demonstrate the restoration and the maintenance of our Collection and be open to the public for the enjoyment, benefit and education of the community.

Our ideal candidate would have proven senior leadership and management experience and be able to inspire and motivate a diverse team of individuals including staff, members and volunteers. The candidate will also need to have a high level of business and commercial awareness gained from substantial exposure in similarly related work. Experience of leading organisational change, strategic planning and implementation, building effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, overseeing financial management and statutory compliance and managing the delivery of fundraising and marketing activities are also essential.

An applicant pack (21.Mb .pdf file) with a full job description and person specification is available.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted by sending a full CV and two-page covering statement explaining how you meet the requirements of the role and why the role is of interest to you. Applications should be sent to The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 14th December 2018. Longlisted candidates will be invited to a tour and a first interview with a panel during week commencing 7th January 2019.

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