Deputy Director of Innovation and Enterprise (Derbyshire Wildlife Trust)

Are you keen to use your skills, drive and experience to help drive nature recovery and the development of rewilding-related businesses across Derbyshire, for the benefit of people, nature and climate? If so, we might have the perfect job for you.

We have developed an exciting new strategy and set ambitious goals for 2030 and we are now looking for a new Deputy Director of Innovation & Enterprise to strengthen our Team.

To support the development of a large portfolio of new and exciting opportunities for landscape scale recovery and rewilding, we are now seeking an exceptional and highly motivated individual to become our new Deputy Director of Innovation & Enterprise, spearheading our enterprise strategy.

This role will provide strategic and operational leadership of the expanding Enterprise Team and the portfolio of current enterprise initiatives, as well as developing and delivering a programme of commercial initiatives, focussing on species reintroduction and rewilding.

You will report to the Director of Natural Solutions and be a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

To be successful you will need to care deeply about innovation and rewilding, and you will need to be someone who thrives when leading change whilst also being able to manage and reflect a wide range of stakeholder views.


In this role, you’ll own responsibility growing and developing new and existing enterprises:

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan to develop and grow our rewilding enterprise work
  • Develop new and innovative ways to fund rewilding and nature’s recovery including
  • Provide leadership and support to peers, colleagues, trustees and volunteers;
  • Improve our Impact, playing an active role in developing links with partners and the wider sector
  • Promoting Participation, driving inclusive participation, developing programmes that promote diversity, strengthen communities and support inclusion.

 About you

This role might be right for you if:

  • You have experience of developing and driving successful new commercial enterprises
  • You have a proven track record of leading innovative streams of work and securing funding to substantially scale operations.
  • You are comfortable talking to a diverse range of stakeholders with different interests, perspectives, and personalities.
  • You demonstrate drive and flexibility, tact and patience enabling you to thrive in a continually evolving environment.
  • You can interpret complex information and make it accessible and inspiring to a range of audiences.