CAT seeks a CEO with motivation and initiative who will lead the organisation’s next major phase of growth, continuing to build on its successful reputation while extending its local, national, and global reach and impact.
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The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a 3 hectare site in the heart of Wales that has inspired, demonstrated, and led sustainable environmental practices for over 40 years. Instigator of a Zero Carbon Britain initiative, CAT’s Eco-centre, restaurant and accommodation are open to visitors throughout the year. Its hands-on displays and demonstrations focus on sustainable technologies, environmentally responsible buildings, renewable energy sources, and organic gardens, and there is also a scenic quarry trail.
Core to its charitable mission, CAT provides innovative postgraduate degrees and shorter residential courses; runs a schools education programme and children’s activities; and publishes information on sustainable living and renewable energy technologies, sustainable building methods and architecture, and organic gardening. It also sells environmentally friendly items via its shop and website and hosts a wide range of events, including weddings, exhibitions, live music, tours and film screenings. CAT’s mission is to ‘inspire, inform and enable’ people to achieve practical solutions for sustainability.
- Reporting to the Board of Trustees, set a clear strategy, engage staff in this mission and lead them to deliver these plans. Ensure CAT is financially sustainable, continues to grow in the long term, and remains true to its ethos.
- Leading a team of c. 50 staff, 30 volunteers with £3m annual budget, optimise CAT’s existing resources and develop its future capacity.
- Grow income and offer additional services, directly as well as via grants, collaborations, and partnerships.
- Build strong external stakeholder relationships, raising CAT’s national and international standing and credibility as well as its reach.
- An experienced and credible senior leader who has led teams and enjoyed success in delivering growth within an environment of complexity.
- Background from within a related sector such as: environment, sustainability, natural resources, education or visitor attractions.
- An empathy for and understanding of the ethos and aims of CAT.
- Appreciation of the cultural and bilingual context of CAT as a Wales-based operation with national and global reach.
- An inspiring and effective strategist, communicator and relationship builder with proven strategic and operational ability, personal drive and initiative.