Chief Executive Officer

  • Location: Hybrid – Chilton, Oxfordshire
  • Salary: £130,000 - £150,000, 15% bonus, health, medical, life cover
  • Ref: GE-2206-8455
  • 2022-06-23T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield
  • Permanent

Lead a flourishing association for an industry that is the engine of local and national growth.

The opportunity:

The mental and physical benefits of being in nature-based spaces are well-established. Horticulture resonates throughout nature and the landscape we all have around us. With 30 million people regularly gardening the UK is a nation of gardeners. Since March 2020 3 million more people took up gardening as a regular hobby – nearly half are under 45. Making this possible is an industry that is the engine of local and national growth in the UK.

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the voice of the industry for garden retailers, growers, manufacturers, and landscapers on the key issues – such as EU Exit, sustainability, labour, and coronavirus regulations. UK Horticulture employs 674,200 people and contributes £28.8 billion in GDP, generating £6.3 billion in tax revenue.  

Reporting to the HTA Chair and Board, the Chief Executive Officer has ultimate responsibility and accountability for the Association. You will lead the HTA, setting the overall vision and with the Chair and Board develop and deliver strategies for advancement in conjunction with implementing operational management of the HTA to ensure it meets the needs of its members.

The purpose of this leadership role is to enhance the ornamental horticultural industry's reputation and influence with political, regulatory, and key industry stakeholders and to provide the right conditions to help members protect and grow their businesses.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Creating and implementing strategies, alongside the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to determine the direction of the HTA. Leading the development and delivery of these long- and short-term strategies, ensuring that objectives are effectively aligned.
  • Managing the SLT to ensure its effectiveness by overseeing the day-to-day activities and responsibilities within the team. Providing expertise and hands-on support as needed and motivating the team to meet their agreed objectives. Actively promoting continuous personal development within the team, supporting their progress, and reasonably delegating to maximise individual contributions.
  • Taking the lead role on industry collaboration, such as the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group and The All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group. Building on the existing network with other trade associations, industry partners and groups to support positive relationships and deliver industry-wide projects and workstreams.
  • Acting as a strong ambassador, promoting, and representing the HTA and creating a positive working environment that attracts and retains employees to support the capability and stability of the Association.
  • Continued review and awareness of the ornamental horticulture industry sector which includes garden retail, nursery production, garden product supply and domestic landscaping to ensure the HTA are leading on relevant issues and concerns.
  • Overseeing all operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission.

Required skills, experience, and competencies include:

  • Outstanding organisational and leadership skills
  • Experience in developing profitable strategies
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate governance and general management best practices
  • Ability to analyse problematic situations and occurrences and provide solutions to ensure organisational survival and growth
  • Experience of lobbying or working with experts to find policy solutions to issues affecting commercial interests.
  • Exceptional communication and public speaking skills and experience working with the media and third parties

This important association leadership role is an opportunity to become the voice of an industry that adds to the economy, the environment, and our health and wellbeing.

How to apply:
For more information, please consult the detailed job description and apply via the ‘Apply for this Role’ button. Please note that applications for this position will close on 15th July 2022.

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