The role required ten-plus years’ experience in raising funds, overseeing operations and communicating with stakeholders, with experience in the broad climate sector considered a significant advantage. The post-holder would need excellent communication and leadership skills in order to oversee day-to-day operations in addition to being the principal ambassador of the organisation, working with the Founder to attract corporate philanthropic members to CTRF and enabling it to realise its goal of researching promising carbon reduction technologies with the ambition of initiating large-scale roll-out over the next decades.
A diligent process was conducted through a full search and interviews, with our outreach focusing on people who had established or led corporate foundations, people who could evidence entrepreneurial skills, people who had worked in carbon and climate-related businesses or NGOs and people who had experience of philanthropy and fundraising. We searched across corporate and philanthropic funds, trusts and foundations that included climate, technology and/or research as a target impact, prioritising UK-based organisations, but also connecting with those which have international remit. The final candidate placed was Dave Hillyard, who brought a background of international development and experience in collaborating with academia and the private sector and was a great fit for the Vision and Mission of CTRF.
Following this key appointment, Oxford HR has continued to work with CTRF to place the following positions:
- Director of Strategic Partnerships (Tanya Rahman, previously the International Partnership Lead at Carbon Trust)
- Chair of the Advisory Council (Surabi Menon, Vice President of Global Intelligence at ClimateWorks Foundation)
Both Tanya and Surabi were delighted to be appointed with CTRF.