Salary: £75,000 plus benefits
The Royal Bath and West of England Society has been at the centre of the rural economy in the South West since 1777 and the event for which it is best known, The Bath and West Show, has been a fixture in the region for more than 150 years. The Society is seeking a new Chief Executive (CEO) to lead all of its trading and charitable activities as it continues to adapt to the ever evolving rural economy and new commercial challenges and opportunities.
The charitable goals of promoting and supporting agriculture, food production, rural affairs and the Arts must remain central vital at the same time as, for example, co-ordinating the relief funds for the Somerset Levels.
On the commercial side, the main 4 day show remains the flagship event but new and already successful shows including Grassland UK and The Dairy Show have been added to the list of events. In addition, new and enhanced sources of revenue have been secured and developed largely through the letting of the site to external users. In the longer term there is significant development opportunity on the main site.
Reporting to the Board, the new CEO will be expected to lead all aspects of the Society’s development and, in turn, they will be supported by a committed, motivated and highly experienced team. The main shows need to remain relevant and of commercial value to those attending either as visitors or traders. The selection of shows and their subsequent marketing and promotion will have a significant impact on the Society’s commercial success. Building the letting business will be equally critical as will finding new and developing existing clients and relationships.
The ideal candidate will have a strong affinity with agriculture, food production or the countryside and demonstrate highly developed leadership and people management credentials. These will have been established and honed within a commercial environment. This will be supported by evidence of success in marketing, commercial negotiations and, ideally, the promotion of an organisation to relevant associated parties. It goes without saying that maintaining and developing the role and profile of the Society and the shows within the local community will be of paramount importance.
If you have the determination to lead this iconic organisation through its next phase of development, please send your CV and covering letter to our retained consultant, Peter Tucker at Novo Executive Search and Selection.
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