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Chief Executive Officer

C&M Travel Recruitment Ltd
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
Bonus, car allowance, pension
Closing date
6 May 2024

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Tour Operator
Full Time
Contract Type
Job function
Executive / Senior Management

Chief Executive Officer
HF Holidays
Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

HF Holidays are a British Institution with 110 years of heritage, a co-operative with over 47,000 members, offices in Hertfordshire and Cumbria as well as 16 country house hotels dotted around the UK. They also offer over 240 guided and self-guided walking holidays across 40 destinations and 6 continents, catering for 55,000 annual guests and an enviable 80% repeat customer rate. Their defining principles of its founder are friendship, fun, fresh air, and the feelgood factor.

CEO Purpose and Responsibilities

  • Provide vision and inspirational leadership to the entire organisation.
  • Define and implement the strategic direction, competitive strategy and goals of the organisation.
  • Ensure the society remains independent and self-sustaining with a growing and engaged membership base.
  • Use market insight and competitor awareness to identify opportunities for growth.
  • Develop and implement strategies that add value to the customer experience.
  • Optimise the society's financial performance including annual surplus, member investment, property portfolio, asset base and digital transformation to ensure a sustainable future.
  • Ensure the society complies with the Co-operative and Benefit Societies Act of 2014.

CEO Person Specification and Skills Required

  • An experienced CEO or Deputy with involvement at board level gained in a complex organisation of similar size.
  • Senior leadership experience gained in a tour operating business. Wider leisure and hospitality experience would also be desirable.
  • A strategic business leader with vision, drive, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial insight.
  • Affinity to co-operative values and principles.
  • Able to demonstrate evidence of involvement with the strategic development of a travel/leisure business which drove profitable growth.
  • Able to demonstrate success in strategy development and implementation, business improvement and financial delivery.

CEO Additional Details

  • A highly competitive basic salary to be discussed on application.
  • 25% Bonus potential, £5000 car allowance, 8.5% pension contributions.
  • The main hub for this role with be Borehamwood Hertfordshire, but regular travel can be expected to visit the portfolio of UK properties.
  • HF Holidays have retained the services of C&M Travel Recruitment on an exclusive basis to manage the search and interview process so any interested parties will be directed here in the first instance.

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