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Playing a key role in accelerating progress for Orkney’s 2025 vision for tourism, Destination Orkney is a newly formed partnership based approach to destination marketing, management and membership in the Orkney Islands. Comprising of principal partners including Destination Orkney (previously Orkney Tourism Group), Orkney Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, VisitScotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, the partnership is reflective of a new dynamic and ambitious tourism approach for Orkney.

We are working with Destination Orkney to appoint a Chief Executive to lead the strategic partnership, board and staff. The role offers a unique and challenging opportunity for an experienced or ambitious leader who will bring understanding, passion and enthusiasm along with a real appreciation for Orkney’s culture and an understanding of the challenges facing Orkney’s tourism sector.

The successful candidate will be experienced in driving innovation and strategy with a strong record of inspirational leadership. Community engagement experience and ability to lead, motivate and grow the capacity of a diverse skilled team will be essential to the success of this role.

The post is intended to be permanent, but will be funded for an initial period until June 2020 by Destination Orkney, Orkney Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and LEADER.

The Job Description and Person Specification for the role can be downloaded below:

Further detail on the organisation etc. can also be viewed at 

For a confidential initial discussion please contact Nigel Fortnum or Lauren Neil on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 3rd April 2018

To apply, please complete the short form below and upload your CV and covering letter / supporting statement. 

You will receive an email acknowledgement of your application within 24 hours. If you do not receive this please contact Kelsey Sinclair on 0141 212 7555 to ensure it has been received.

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