Chief Executive

The Energy Institute is looking to appoint a Chief Executive who will play a pivotal role in the future direction of the organisation. The new Chief Executive will need to have the experience, weight and authority to be credible across a wide range of senior stakeholders, acting as a respected spokesperson both in the UK and internationally, as well giving direction and guidance in leading EI internally. Candidates will need to be excited by the role that the EI can play in moving the energy agenda forward and with a desire to work in a purpose-led organisation.

The Chief Executive reports to the President and the Council with responsibility for a turnover of c.£7 million, c. 100 employees and over 1,600 volunteers. Key responsibilities for the CEO include:

  • Providing leadership to the staff and volunteers at EI as well as building an open and transparent relationship with the Trustee Board.
  • Developing, maintaining and building strong relationships with the leadership in the top 40+ energy companies that are significant supporters of the EI’s activities and key influencers in the energy sector, deepening their engagement with the EI and supporting them in accelerating their progress in the energy transition.
  • Leading the EI’s work on external affairs, raising its profile by articulating key messages and reinforcing the EI’s unique positioning as an independent convening force to engage key stakeholders that shape energy systems.
  • Creating and sustaining relationships externally across professional organisations, industry, government, academia and trade associations to ensure the EI’s work is effectively communicated.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with the CEOs of the Good Practice Programme member companies and ensuring that leaders find the work relatable to their own values and priorities and see membership as non-discretionary.
  • Continuing to enhance the value of individual membership, working closely with the Head of Professional Affairs to define long-term growth strategies that ensure enduring individual and company membership; the CEO will also drive improvements in the diversity of membership and support the growth of the young professionals’ networks and membership on an international basis, both in existing hubs as well as exploring new ones.
  • Developing and implementing the EI’s international growth strategy, particularly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
  • Growing EI’s digital capability to extend its outreach and potentially transforming how and what EI does with a view to increasing income streams and leveraging the opportunities which have been accelerated by Covid-19.
  • Supporting the Development Director in identifying new sources of funding to secure long term viability for the organisation.

The new Chief Executive should bring a combination of the following experience and personal characteristics:

  • Passion, vision and drive; clear leadership skills with a track record of strong performance.
  • Strong EQ and interpersonal skills; a modern and empowering leadership style.
  • A sophisticated relationship builder with the gravitas and credibility to connect well across a broad spectrum of people.
  • Experience of the energy sector is useful but not essential.
  • Strong intellect, with an analytical mind and the ability to learn quickly and assimilate information.
  • The authority and communication skills to act as a key public voice across the full range of media platforms.
  • Financial acumen.
  • International experience would be helpful as the EI continues to grow its presence outside the UK.
  • Courage and resilience; ability to embrace challenges and overcome them.

The full briefing for this vacancy can be found here.

The EI is working with MWM Consulting for this recruitment process. If you would like to express your interest in the position, please contact Rebecca Fitzpatrick.