Appointment of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Hydrogen Ireland (H2Irl) is the leading all-island assocation that supports the all-island hydrogen industry. H2Irl represents all stakeholders in the hydrogen sector with a wide membership base comprised of stakeholders across industry, trade, techology, academia, funders, investors, individuals, communities, NGOs, GOs and students. H2Irl promotes and represents hydrogen as a key component and catalyst in the energy transition in Ireland and internationally – hydrogen is undergoing rapid global growth in the use of its applications and derivative products in power generation, transport and pharmaceuticals and the wider delivery of a net zero energy transition. H2Irl recognises and welcomes the rapid growth of the global hydrogen sector.
H2Irl was formed in 2019 and has grown significantly to over 250 members; the board of H2Irl now wishes to appoint a chief executive officer to devise policy and strategy, manage, build membership, guide and lead H2Irl in the next phase of its development. This appointment will be on a fixed term contract basis.


The Role:
The role of CEO will require professional focussed commitment to H2Irl and its members, ensuring that strategic planning, decision-making and day-to-day operations receive the attention they need.
The CEO will work with the H2Irl board and be expected to be accountable, transparent and open in achieving specific and group performance metrics and strategic outcomes. The CEO role will also enhance H2Irl professionalism and credibility, both internally and externally. The role will also ensure H2Irl is better equipped to navigate the complexities of the policy landscape, fundraising, partnerships and diverse stakeholder and regulatory bodies.
Hydrogen production, international energy policy and related sectors including offshore wind, power generation, ammonia and energy exports are increasingly inter-related.In order to reach internal and external audiences, H2Irl host an annual conference and has also been secured the rights to host (in Dublin) the World Hydrogen Technology Congress in 2025.
The CEO will manage and lead H2Irl, build membership, form and execute strategy in the next phase of its development. This appointment will be on a fixed term basis. The CEO will work with the H2Irl board to set and deliver clear corporate and strategic objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the H2Irl board, H2Irl members and stakeholders in growing and driving H2Irl, the role of hydrogen and related sectors in the all-island energy economy.
  • Build up a deep understanding of key stakeholder, industry and regulatory pressures and demands.
  • Lead and execute a strategy for Ireland’s nascent hydrogen industry, providing strategic guidance for the association and its members for the next few years.
  • Communications: oversee the devleopment of a communications plan.
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect H2Irl.
  • Conference planning and organisation. Work with the H2Irl Board and auditors to manage, review and optimise financial status of H2Irl.
  • In collaboration with other energy trade bodies, H2Irl board and staff, to advocate and represent H2Irl in discussions and approaches to government, regulatory bodies and trade sectors and organisations.
  • Direct and oversee the implementation of a communications/document management platform to enable member participation in consultations, joint reports etc.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Proven track record of leadership with the ability to build and leverage relationships at senior levels.
  • Proven analytical, problem solving & consensus building skills.
  • Good understanding of the hydrogen and energy space in Ireland & Europe
  • At least 3 years relevant experience is required.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and related expertise in policy, policy formation (preferably clean energy and utilities regulation).
  • Good communication skills & computer skills
  • Update website & manage communications
  • Experience in dealing with a variety of stakeholders across a large organisation.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or individually as required.
  • Ability to create and develop good working relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Ability to set own high standards of performance and delivering desired results.
  • Knowledge of EU funding landscape prefereable.

Renumeration:

  • Competitive remuneration offered
  • 3 year fixed term rolling contract


Process:
To apply for the position, please email your current Curriculum Vitae to mark.welsh@navigateh2.com, stating the job title in the subject line. (CV to be reviewed confidentially by a subcommittee of the Board of Directors)
The closing date for receipt of applications is the 29th February 2024.

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