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Executive Director and National Secretary


About the Company

Job Information

  • Region

    North England

  • Location

    Sheffield (inc. flexible remote working)

  • Salary


  • Date Posted


  • Closing Date

    Closing Soon 24/02/2023

Job description


PEFC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, which promotes the sustainable management of the world’s forests through independent, third-party certification. Established in 1999, we are now the world’s leading global forest certification system ensuring availability of certified raw material and controlled flow through our international chain of custody standard. For more information, please refer to our website

Due to the planned retirement of our long-standing Executive Director, we are seeking a dynamic and experienced Executive Director and National Secretary to drive our vision and passion for sustainable forest management and chain of custody certification.


Reporting to the UK Board of Directors, you will be responsible for the operational and strategic, day to day running of the PEFC scheme throughout the UK and will work closely with our international staff based in Geneva, to deliver our strategy further afield. Key accountabilities include:

  • Responsibility for the chain of custody and forest management certification schemes including the handling of enquiries, maintenance of records and reporting of all entries to PEFC International along with support development to ensure standards are maintained
  • Monitoring and ensuring compliant use of PEFC trademarks in accordance with the Trademark Standard
  • Controlling notification procedures and maintaining surveillance with certification bodies to ensure compliance
  • Acting as Secretary to the Board of Directors, to ensure that robust governance is in place
  • Overseeing financial management, liaising with accountants to ensure company accounts are prepared and filed accordingly
  • Implementing PEFC International requirements at national level and representing PEFC UK, both internally and externally, at home and abroad and liaising with all stakeholders
  • General management of our national office, in conjunction with our Operations Manager, to ensure efficient and effective organisational performance and growing the business to ensure that it remains on a sustainable footing

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