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Development Director

Salary: £55,160 - £65,080 pa

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of The National Forest, and as the Forest is rapidly maturing so is the organisation. We recently secured charitable status and are now embarking on our next challenge of income generation, to realise the aspirations of the Forest for a further 25 years. To spearhead this work, we are seeking a talented and experienced Director of Development who can think big and break new ground. In this pivotal role you will lead the delivery of our income generation strategy, securing income streams for both the organisation and the Forest. You will also oversee our marketing capability to expand our reach and presence with key audiences.

This role requires a proven background and profile in income generation with the ability to explore new ways of working and innovative partnerships. You will bring sharp commercial acumen and a relationship-based approach to fundraising. You will be a capable and trusted leader with first-class communication skills, and someone who will drive change and secure success. Above all, you will share our passion for The National Forest, be motivated to create a positive difference for future generations, and be inspired by this unique opportunity to make your mark with a national exemplar of sustainability.

To find out more about the role and how to apply visit:

For an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Juliet Brown (0113 205 6089) or Juliet Taylor (020 7426 3990).

Closing date for applications: Monday 12th December 2016

Training Opportunities

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) run a range of courses in practical environmental skills throughout the year (e.g. hedgelaying, coppicing, woodland management and dry stone walling). Contact them on 01283 223327 or 0116 2710178 for further details


05 Dec 2016

First National Forest Woodlands Awards presented at an awards ceremony at Staunton Harold

The inaugural National Forest Woodland Awards were presented by Sir William Worsley, Chair of the National Forest Company, at an event held at Staunton Harold Hall, near Ashby de la Zouch.

01 Nov 2016

The Silver Circuit: National Forest Company launches new walk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The National Forest

As part of The National Forestís 25th anniversary celebrations, the National Forest Company has launched a new walk through some of the most picturesque parts of the Forest on the Derbyshire Staffordshire border.

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10 Dec 2016

National Forest Adventure Farm

Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

A day of adventure awaits, whatever the weather. You can meet and feed the animals, explore the outdoor Funfield and have fun in the huge indoor play area.

17 Dec 2016

Mercia Marina

Willington, Derbyshire

A multi-awarded conservation park and visitor attraction in Derbyshire. Easily accessible and free entry and parking offering quality shops, eateries, walks and wildlife against the backdrop of 25 acre lake.

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01 Dec 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger - Part 5!

Carla posts her final blog and reflects on the role so far.

30 Nov 2016

Ramblings of a (would be) Volunteer Ranger, Part 4!

NFC employee, Carla Robinson, continues her volunteering on the National Forest Way.

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