Campaign for National Parks believes that National Parks are essential to the nation’s health and well-being and an important part of our natural and cultural heritage. The Parks provide an escape from the stresses of everyday life and opportunities for a wide range of recreational activities. But they are also living landscapes, home to diverse communities and they make a significant contribution to the economy through tourism, farming and other related businesses.

While millions of people visit the National Parks every year and significant public benefits are delivered by these inspirational areas, they also face threats. 2019 is also the 70th anniversary of the legislation that created and continues to underpin the Parks and the Westminster Government recently launched a review of these beautiful and important places. This means that the role of Campaign for National Parks, as the unique charity providing an independent voice for the 13 National Parks in England and Wales, is more important than ever.


Interim Chief Executive

Part time – three to four days a week for three months

Between £45,000 - £55,000 pro rata or equivalent day rate (depending on contract type)

Southwark, London


Looking for an exciting new challenge for 2019? We are looking for an interim chief executive to start in late January, beginning of February. The successful applicant will lead the organisation for three months while we await the start of our new, permanent chief executive.

Campaign for National Parks is a small, ambitious charity that seeks to inspire everyone to enjoy and look after the National Parks in England and Wales. It does this by protecting these iconic landscapes from threats, campaigning to make them even more beautiful and making sure they are accessible to everyone to enjoy.

2019 is an exciting time for the organisation and the National Parks because it is the 70th anniversary of the legislation that created the National Parks in England and Wales. The anniversary provides an opportunity for the organisation to be more visible, get its messages heard more widely and engage more people with the National Parks.

Our interim chief executive will be responsible for maintaining the strategic and operational running of the organisation pending the start of our new permanent chief executive, and will support, and work effectively with, both the board of trustees and the small staff team. The role will have a particular focus of working with the staff team, and the fundraising and partnerships officer in particular, to drive forward our fundraising work.

This is an exciting opportunity for a strong leader, who has experience of managing teams, projects and budgets, and the ability to work with the staff team to support driving forward our programme/projects to generate income and resources for the organisation.

For more information about Campaign for National Parks and our work please visit our website - If you would like to discuss the vacancy please contact Fiona Howie by email (

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Our intention is to hold screening interviews (either in person or over the ‘phone) during week commencing 14 January and interviews for short-listed candidates on Monday 21 January. If you would not be available on any dates during this period please state that in your covering letter.

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