Chief Executive

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Full time
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As the senior executive in the organisation, the Chief Executive will play a central role in the development, implementation and commercially successful and sustainable accomplishment of CIOB’s future strategy.   At the heart of this is the leadership this person will provide in growing and promoting CIOB, and championing its focus, influence and relevance in the interests of the public, of members and other stakeholders in the UK and internationally. 

Reporting to and supported by the (non-executive) President and Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive will lead, motivate and develop the senior executive team and is ultimately responsible for the effective day-to-day running of the organisation.   S/he must ensure that the right resources, investment and processes are in place to support and develop the organisation in order to achieve ambitious strategic and business goals.   The Chief Executive has lead responsibility, working at all times with and through the senior team, for preparing and presenting the annual plan and budget, implementing the plan and delivering its agreed objectives in order to increase CIOB’s influence, financial strength and service provision. 

The Chief Executive’s relationships with the President, Board of Trustees and members are critically important.   In addition to ensuring that CIOB conducts its activities in accordance with its Royal Charter, registered charitable status and in compliance with all applicable laws, s/he is responsible for providing advice on, monitoring and actively managing its risks and exposures, and for ensuring the proper fulfilment of all relevant statutory, fiduciary and legislative obligations.  The Chief Executive will support, resource and influence CIOB’s various committees, volunteer groups and international hubs, and should play an active and visible role in fostering relationships across the profession. 

As a leader in the public eye, the Chief Executive must embody and be a powerful advocate for the principles on which CIOB is founded.   S/he must foster and actively develop diversity and inclusiveness not only within the organisation but in the industry at large, at all times encouraging the interest and involvement of underrepresented groups. 

The Chief Executive is thus to a great extent the public face of the organisation, and must ensure that CIOB plays a full and constructive part in the wider construction management and built environment community.   S/he must develop and maintain a strong network of external relationships in the UK and around the world, ensuring CIOB is influential, respected and well-connected and acting as a potent advocate for construction management.   S/he will need to engage successfully – and, where appropriate, exploit opportunities to collaborate – with external stakeholders, including government, politicians, officials/advisers, and public sector organisations; universities, secondary schools and other education and training bodies; employers and labour organisations; other professional and trade bodies, both specific to the built environment and in the wider science and engineering community; and the general and industry media and opinion-formers, including international counterparts.

The role is based in Bracknell, but the Chief Executive will be expected to be in London on a regular basis, as well as travelling regularly to CIOB and other events across the UK and internationally, especially in the Middle East and Asia, where the Institute has large numbers of members. 

Candidate Specification

This is a demanding leadership role which requires strategic, commercial, operational and communications skills of the highest order, together with an energetic and determined appetite for success.   The ideal candidate will be an accomplished senior executive with a demonstrable track record of developing, planning and implementing ambitious, sustainable and relevant initiatives to achieve growth and impact.  Commercially astute and strategically strong, they will possess superior influencing, communication and relationship-building skills.

Professional and personal experience 

In addition to strong academic or professional education credentials and obvious intellectual qualities, the strongest candidates for this role are likely to have gained relevant experience in a number of areas and responsibilities.  Experience – as an executive or non-executive – of a professional or other membership body would be advantageous, as would some first-hand knowledge of, or demonstrable interest in, the built environment. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a successful career record of leadership which makes a real difference.   They should be used to working at or near board-level, and will be able to point to a tangible record of success and effectiveness in a multidisciplinary context.   This must be a versatile individual, capable of leading at the macro level of strategy and policy on the one hand, and yet temperamentally and technically able to grasp the detail as well.  They should understand the characteristics and dynamics of organisations of differing sizes and structures and in different cultures, and must be wholly committed to the contribution and opportunities which a best-in-class professional body can offer in the 21st century. 

The ideal candidate should be a proactive, financially shrewd business leader, with a keen eye for detail as well as an imaginative and innovative grasp of strategic opportunities; and they should possess strong business development skills.   S/he must also have first-class business planning, budgeting and financial control experience, and must have managed significant P&Ls and budgets. They should be highly organised, IT literate and thoroughly professional. 

Professional and personal attributes 

This will be someone with the intellectual acuity to balance the detail of a diverse range of responsibilities with a clearheaded view of the bigger picture. They should have the highest personal and professional standards, integrity and values, accompanied by an authentic belief in the social, economic and environmental benefits of responsible, sustainable, innovative construction. 

Specifically, the ideal candidate for this exacting position will be a highly accomplished senior executive with natural and authoritative leadership skills and the ability to develop and work with senior managers, motivate staff, build an effective team and achieve results through others. The successful candidate must have outstanding communications skills in all settings, both on paper and in person, and should be an articulate, persuasive advocate as well as an attentive and diplomatic listener. They must be able to build networks and strategic relationships, and must have the personality and authentic character to engage with all audiences, ranging from school students considering a career in construction through to senior government and industry figures. They also need to be politically astute, with first-hand experience of public affairs, media relations and external representation.

Recruitment process and contact

This assignment is being managed on behalf of CIOB by Robin Murray Brown of Kinvara Partners. 

For further information, full candidate briefing, timeline of process please visit:

Tel: 0207 824 5170 / 07778 141953