Chief Technology Officer (CEO) Job Details

Company: The UK & Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA)
Location: Birmingham, UK 
Travel: National travel within the UK & Ireland
Term: Full time, Permanent
Salary: £negotiable

Company Overview

The UK & Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) represents the interests of its members engaged in the UK and Ireland downstream liquid fuel industries on a range of common issues relating to refining, distribution and marketing of oil products, in non-competitive areas and to help the industry understand and develop opportunities to incorporate renewable fuels and reduce carbon footprint. Its role is to inform its members of proposed legislation and related developments and to help form and advocate the industry’s position.


To lead and develop the association, manage and motivate the team, ensure that optimum advocacy on behalf of members is achieved within the resources available and in accordance with the aims and objectives set by the President, Executive Council and Management Committee.

Key duties & Responsibilities


Develop UKIFDA’s organisational culture, values and reputation with all contacts, government, NGO’s, media, regulatory bodies and with UKIFDA staff, members, committees and Associates. Lead by example.


Identify, develop and direct the implementation of UKIFDA policy, communications strategy, commercial strategy and advocacy as agreed with UKIFDA Management Committee.

Partnership & Business Development

  • Help identify and develop opportunities for renewable fuels within the downstream liquid fuel industry.
  • Establish productive relationships with organisations involved in creating strategies for reducing carbon emissions and explore opportunities for cooperation e.g. Committee on Climate Change, Renewable Energy Association, Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland.
  • Grow revenue and net profit streams via Membership numbers, EXPO, Driver Training and other business development ideas.

Advocacy & Influencing

Head the Association’s media and public relations profile both externally and internally, by communicating with members, suppliers, associates, key industry persons, government, regulatory bodies, NGO’s and media contacts and acting as a passionate spokesperson for UKIFDA where appropriate.


  • Plan and direct the Association’s activities to achieve the agreed Policy, communications strategy, commercial strategy and advocacy.
  • Manage, select and develop Secretariat team members, implementing an appraisal process that enhances continuing personal development.
  • Assist and lead in setting goals that promote ongoing success and adaptation
  • Report as required to the President and Executive Council on organisational plans and performance
  • Ensure that UKIFDA offices and Secretariat conduct at meetings comply with appropriate Health and safety regulation and competition law

Financial Management & Control

  • Manage the Association’s financial budgeting and performance, fiscal audit process and management reporting
  • Day to day management of financial accounting, banking and payroll with assistance of outsourced services

Governance and Compliance

  • Creating and setting the Agenda for Executive Council & Management Committee meetings
  • Ensure the Association’s legislative adherence to applicable company law and competition law
  • Execute the responsibilities of a company secretary according to lawful and ethical standards


  • An inspiring leader, with outstanding communication skills, you will drive a culture of collaboration and engagement to deliver our strategy and future vision to steer the transition to renewable fuels in future energy policy in both the UK and Ireland. 
  • In order to fulfil this role, we are seeking to appoint a dynamic candidate. Whether a serving CEO, or you are looking for a career step, the ideal candidate will have experience or strong working knowledge of operating and influencing at the government level. 
  • You will also have experience of delivering sustainable business performance, transformational change with the ability to make things happen. 
  • You will be a visible and motivating leader to a small team of four and this is a unique opportunity to have an important and positive impact on the off-grid home heating, road fuels and commercial markets as the industry transitions successfully towards net-zero so some knowledge of these markets is also desirable. 

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and confined to a small selection panel.