The Opportunity

Chief Executive - Lord Howe Island Board

Job Title: Chief Executive - Lord Howe Island Board
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Lord Howe Island
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2021-07-08
Reference: BH-28584
Contact Name: Tara Pospelyj
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 09, 2021 14:34

Job Description

Lord Howe Island is a unique, World Heritage listed island paradise recognised for its superlative natural phenomena and its rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity. It is a two-hour flight from Sydney with around 350 residents and approximately 400 visitors at any one time.

Lord Howe Island is administered by the Lord Howe Island Board, a NSW Statutory Authority established under the Lord Howe Island Act 1953, which gives a high level of self-governance to the community. The Board is a key agency in the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment cluster, with the Chief Executive reporting to the Department for the purpose of employment, and to the Lord Howe Island Board for policy and strategic direction.

The unique island context, diverse portfolio of services, and scope of the Chief Executive’s responsibilities make this a rare and challenging career opportunity where you can make a difference.

The Chief Executive provides direction, leadership and the effective management of the operations and administration of the Lord Howe Island Board. The Board carries out a range of functions including administering all land tenure including residential and other leases, regulating and promoting tourism, providing local government functions and services, operation and management of the Island’s aerodrome and wharf facilities, and operating a wholesale liquor trading enterprise. The Board is also responsible for energy generation and supply, is the consent authority under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and is an approved regulatory authority under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. It manages the Island’s Permanent Park Preserve and has responsibility for the protection and conservation of the Island’s fisheries, fauna and flora.

Leading a balanced approach to the effective management of the Island and the Board’s activities, ensuring the care and welfare of Island residents, protecting the environment, and supporting the future prosperity of Island trading enterprises and tourism is at the centre of your challenges. You will be the key advisor to the Chairperson, Board, and Minister in the management of programs and sustainable solutions for a range of complex issues with high public interest. The Board employs approximately 60 staff with a budget of around $11 million.

We are seeking an experienced senior executive with the ability to lead a diverse organisation and create a culture of accountability and service excellence in a high-profile role. The Board has an appetite for strategies that improve performance, requiring the Chief Executive to have exceptional capability in strategic planning for a sustainable future, financial management, and community engagement.

This is a NSW Senior Executive Band 1 role with benefits to support relocation and working in a remote area.

Candidate information:

Please click here to download a copy of the candidate information pack. For more information please contact Kate Bromley or Andrew McEncroe at or call (02) 9091 3210.

To apply:

Please provide a cover letter highlighting your suitability for the role and a resume by the due date.

Applications close: Sunday, 25th July 2021