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Chief Executive Officer - Lead with Passion, Create Sustainable Change, Be Counted

Full Time - Auckland

  • Are you a seasoned, high-performing Executive with a blend of capabilities and experiences?
  • Do you have a passion for nature and the betterment of our environment, communities and economy?
  • Lead this vital organisation to achieve its objectives, contribute to our future and create sustainable change.

About the company

Predator Free 2050 Limited is a Crown-owned, charitable company established to help deliver the Government’s ambitious goal of eradicating possums, stoats and rats from New Zealand by 2050. The company provides co-funding to enable predator control and eradication projects at landscape scale together with the breakthrough science needed to underpin their success. Budget 2020 which included the response to the Covid-19 pandemic saw a significant uplift in investment into Predator Free 2050 Limited. This additional funding will enable at least the doubling of large-scale projects and trebles investment into science and innovation over the next four years. These initiatives, together with the foundations already laid, will significantly accelerate the company’s progress toward achieving a Predator Free New Zealand.   

The current Chief Executive Officer has been called back into the business that he founded 40 years ago compelling us to look for his replacement: a multi-talented and passionate Chief Executive Officer who is ready to jump in to lead this dynamic organisation and truly contribute to our national future. Is this you?

About the opportunity

Reporting to the Board of Directors who in turn report to the Crown Shareholders, the Chief Executive Officer takes overall accountability for delivering on the strategic goals of Predator Free 2050 Limited. In doing this, the Chief Executive Officer will – amongst other things:

  • Lead a diverse and passionate team, all of whom take a hands-on and committed approach to delivering on their objectives and those of the organisation;
  •  Proactively manage relationships with individual and groups of partners including the Crown, Māori, local government, community groups, philanthropic supporters and private individuals to ensure accord is realised, funding and projects are delivered and objectives are achieved;
  • Lead the identification and coordination of partner organisations to co-fund and/or deliver landscape, innovation and science projects;
  • Assess project viability and delivery; supporting the team to make robust decisions based on the established criteria and ensuring project milestones and outcomes are delivered; 
  • Model behaviours and lead a culture focused on health, wellbeing and safety in all facets of operating;
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure robust governance, reporting and delivery of the strategic plan.

This is a small, nimble organisation with courageous goals and a dedicated team. This role of Chief Executive Officer needs a leader with passion for the purpose, a strategic view, the ability to bring different parties together for a common purpose and the drive and willingness to work alongside the team to get things done.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have extensive executive leadership experience; ideally within both privately held organisations and government agencies and you will bring with you a seasoned and confident Chief Executive style. A deep competency in partnership relationship building coupled with a blend of strategic capability and a willingness to dive into operational execution as needed; as the Chief Executive you will navigate government, Māori, community and scientific partners with ease, negotiating and influencing outcomes while ensuring rigour in funding processes and strong governance over major projects. An understanding of the New Zealand (and global) scientific communities and capability would be useful (but is not necessary), as would a track record in leading agile and successful commercial organisations.

Yes……we want it all and as the successful Chief Executive Officer, you can have it in this role. You will have the opportunity to shape the way that New Zealand secures a future for our unique biodiversity; including through groundbreaking innovation and science; enhancing the wellbeing of our communities, our environment and our economy. Are you ready to step up and be counted?

How to apply

To discover more about Predator Free 2050 Limited visit

For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Leanne Crozier, Decipher Group, Director of Operations and Delivery on 021 245 2224 or by email to

Applications close: Friday 10th July 2020   

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