Person Specification

Experience, skills and qualities

Core Attributes and leadership style

  • A flexible and collaborative leadership style – one that is enabling, inclusive and engages members with all levels of experience and backgrounds.
  • The ability to motivate the LI staff team and drive standards and delivery.
  • Excellent stakeholder management capabilities with the ability to build trust and confidence.
  • A proficient advocate and negotiator in the relevant government and policy circles.
  • Credibility and ability in commanding respect and influence within the built environment, natural environment and associated sectors.
  • Compelling and persuasive communication skills to address the lack of understanding about the full breadth of skills, talents and expertise our profession has to offer.
  • Ability to build strong and effective allegiances and partnerships.
  • Proven champion for equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • A good and flexible team leader and player.
  • Ability to provide a supporting and complementary role to the President and Honorary Officers.
  • Good business acumen and organisational management skills.
  • Honest, trustworthy, fair and resilient.

Other requirements

Knowledge and experience

  • Credible knowledge and understanding of our sector and how to position the LI to create opportunities for our members and deliver public benefit.
  • Transferable experience in leadership as a CEO.
  • Proven experience of working within a complex, and highly political environment.
  • Experience of senior management of a membership organisation, professional body or similar type of charity.
  • Track record in service delivery.
  • Knowledge of charity or not for profit organisations and governance.


  • Diplomatic and collaborative.
  • Excellent people, financial and organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills across a wide range of different stakeholders.
  • Developing and managing strong and effective processes that ensure professional standards of member behaviour.
  • Conflict resolution and ability to resolve complex organisational tensions.
  • Ability to deliver to time and budget.

Education and qualifications

  • Educated to a good A level standard. Relevant degree and profession qualifications are desirable, but not essential.
  • A qualification business/ organisational management would be desirable, but not essential.