Curlew Recovery Partnership for England - Chair

Curlew -recovery -projectThe Partnership

The Curlew Recovery Partnership is a new, exciting and transformative partnership, which will work together to help secure the future for one of England’s most iconic and threatened species, the Eurasian Curlew.

The partnership will build on the existing informal network of projects and individuals working successfully at a local level, connecting them at a national level to other projects, conservation NGOs and Government agencies. Connecting the people on the ground doing the conservation work with the policy drivers and delivery options should unlock support for their actions whilst enabling their knowledge, experience and successes to shape policy. In particular, we look to the opportunities arising from the government’s 25-year Environment Plan and its ambition for Species Recovery, Nature Recovery Networks and the new Environmental Land Management Scheme and will help to ensure that these are informed by the best available evidence.

The steering group is made up of representatives from Curlew Action, Natural England, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the RSPB, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the British Trust for Ornithology, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Bolton Castle Estate. This partnership is being set up with financial support from Defra.

Our vision

Our 10-year vision is one where the current decline in curlew populations across England has halted, and those populations are recovering, supported by appropriate habitat and predator management that will deliver other biodiversity objectives. The people on the ground delivering conservation action are supported financially and intellectually and the public are better informed about the plight of curlew and more people are empowered to act.

The opportunity

We are seeking a Chair to head up the partnership. The Chair will be supported by a Partnership Manager employed by the partnership, the steering group, three regional advocates who will work with people on the ground across England and one or two ambassadors who will act as outward facing champions of the partnership.

The role

  1. Provide oversight to the partnership and be a figurehead.
  2. Agree agendas for meeting with the Partnership Manager, advise on papers and comment on minutes.
  3. Steer the partnership in dealings with statutory and non-statutory organisations and agencies.
  4. Chair three meetings each year and encourage the partnership steering group to reach a collective view on matters and ensuing action.
  5. Make occasional visits to curlew conservation initiatives anywhere in England.
  6. Undertake other roles agreed by you in discussion with the steering group.
  7. Develop relationships with regional advocates and ambassadors to inspire and influence how these roles develop and perform.

The person

  1. We are looking for an exceptional person who can bring considerable energy and who shares our vision.
  2. Ideally, the candidate should be independent of the steering group organisations.
  3. We are looking for someone who is neutral, genuinely willing to listen to all views with an ability to work to resolve differences of opinion within the steering group.
  4. We want someone who is personable, confident and enjoys bringing people together towards shared goals.
  5. You also need to be robust and tenacious and enjoy the challenges this sort of partnership working brings.
  6. It is essential that the Chair can command the respect of the diverse interests of the steering group through a combination of experience, and knowledge of the issues. We are looking for someone who has:
    a. An ability to chair multi-interest forums or groups;
    b. An ability to encourage consensus amongst diverse interests;
    c. An understanding of the workings of government at national and local level;
    d. An ability to command the respect of government officials and an ability to attract their attention;
    e. A good understanding of the issues facing curlews and land managers in England;
    f. An excellent commitment to finding solutions that will benefit curlews and the people who are critical to conservation delivery; and
    g. A good understanding of the work of public bodies and how best to engage with them and influence their work.

Terms and conditions

This is an honorary role and the time commitment is likely to be 8-10 days per year.

Out of pocket expenses will be refunded for attendance at partnership meetings or any meetings on behalf of the partnership. Expenses should be claimed as part of the quarterly invoice. Expenses will be refunded at cost against appropriate receipts. The rate for the use of a car will be £0.45 per mile, subject to HMRC revision and guidance.

Appointment process

The partnership steering group will appoint the Chair.

The appointment of the Chair will be for a term of three years from the date of appointment, subject to six months’ notice by either party, except during the first 6 months, when the period of notice will be reduced to one month.

Applications are invited by CV and covering letter and must include the skills and experience you would bring to the partnership and how you would carry out this role. The steering group may decide to have an informal interview with possible candidates early in the New Year.

Closing date: 15th Jan 2021

Please send completed applications to

Start date: flexible but first engagement likely to be the launch of the partnership

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