Search is underway for ‘strategic leader’

29 July 2015, Comments Comments Off on Search is underway for ‘strategic leader’

steve hughes newSaving the planet sounds like a job for Superman. But if you’re not faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, why not lead A Rocha UK instead?

The West London-based Christian conservation charity – which seeks to restore the natural world through projects and people – is searching for a new Chief Executive Officer to take it to even greater heights.


The organisation’s previous CEO Mairi Johnstone left the post in February. Chair of trustees Steve Hughes (pictured) stepped back into the role to give his colleagues chance to reflect on the requirements for a new leader.

Having spent time planning the way ahead, the trustees are now actively seeking a new CEO. ‘We’re looking for a strategic leader who’s passionate about caring for God’s creation,’ said Steve Hughes.

‘They’ll have the vision and ability to develop and shape the existing work of A Rocha UK. In a small team, they’ll also be willing to get stuck in to the detail of what needs to be done.’

Based in West London, A Rocha UK is part of a family of global A Rocha national organisations, supported and held together by the umbrella organisation, A Rocha International.

A Rocha was founded in 1983 by Peter and Miranda Harris. The name A Rocha is Portuguese for ‘the Rock’, as the first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal.


Most recently, A Rocha UK played a key role in the climate change lobby Speak Up For The Love Of…, which saw thousands of concerned citizens challenge their MPs about the environment.

The organisation is putting together its own urban nature reserve at the three-acre Wolf Fields site in Southall, and has bought an even more substantial 12-acre rural nature reserve at Foxearth in Suffolk.

‘If any of our supporters know of a suitable candidate, encourage them to apply,’ said Steve Hughes. ‘And if you’re a person of prayer, pray for us in this key appointment.’ Closing date for applications is 7th September. Full details can be obtained here.

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