26 May 2021


The Pipeline Industries Guild is seeking an Executive Director

The Pipeline Industries Guild is a professional membership association for all those working within the pipeline industry.  We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated, committed and versatile Executive Director.

Reporting to the Guild Chair the successful candidate will lead a small, dedicated head office team to deliver further step-change in the growth, transformation and development of the Guild.  You will need to be commercially aware, have a confident approachable management style and demonstrate experience in business development that provides vision, initiative and leadership to generate future growth.

Are you someone who has an entrepreneurial and business approach, inspirational leadership qualities and experience of implementing high level strategy?

We are looking for an individual who is a compelling communicator, both with our membership and a range of senior industry stakeholders. Your proven history of implementing strategy, managing budgets and diversifying income will be needed to make the role a success.  As part of the leadership team you will work as part of the Guild Executive and work closely with the Board to report on all Guild activities.

Our exciting membership programme includes year wide events, often outside of ‘normal working hours’, such as technical meetings, industry conferences and formal dinners. As a senior leader you will be expected to attend, manage and conduct some these events, which is supported by a flexible working pattern.

What do you get?

  • This is a full-time position with flexible working, based at the Guild’s Banbury Head Office.
  • The role provides an opportunity for hybrid home and office working, though regular attendance at the Head Office is expected.
  • We offer an attractive package, including
    • 25 days annual leave, plus the statutory 8 days UK public holidays
    • An incentive scheme
    • Defined contribution pension
    • Private medical insurance.
  • The Guild is an equal opportunities employer that values its employees and is committed to embracing an inclusive and diversity where everyone is welcome.

An overview of the Guild and its activities together with details of the role responsibilities is attached.

To apply please send:

  • A covering letter (maximum 1 A4 page font Arial 10pts in Microsoft Word format)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 A4 pages font Arial 10pts in Microsoft Word format)
  • A short video presentation (up to 5 minutes in length in mp4 format) outlining; how your experience would be a great fit for the role; what individual attributes you would bring to the role; and most importantly; why you would like to work for the Guild and its membership


Norman Howell of Norman Howell Associates Ltd at e-mail address: norman.howell@nhal.co.uk

Closing Date for Applications 30 June 2021





The Pipeline Industries Guild, which is located at Banbury, Oxfordshire was founded over 60 years’ ago and has grown to become the leading authority on pipeline engineering, infrastructure and associated activities.  It has become the professional membership association for all those within the pipeline industry.  The Guild has a diverse multidisciplined membership consisting of both corporate and individual members who are drawn from network owners, service providers. consultants, equipment and materials suppliers and academics and operate within all sectors of the industry including gas, oil, petrochemicals, water, sewerage and the cable industries.  Members’ activities across the sectors include design, construction, pipeline maintenance, decommissioning, ICT, security, manufacturing, environmental, legal and workforce services.  The Guild is a not for profit organisation that relies on the support from volunteers from within its membership to assist in the delivery of its initiatives and objectives.


Across the UK and Ireland, the Guild operates regional Branches which deliver a series of technical, professional and social events open to all members.  International members are represented through the International Panel.  The Guild has a vibrant Professional Development Network that provides a focal point for developing professionals to share best practice, gain leadership and management skills, engage with senior industry specialists and executives as well as develop a peer network from the membership and pipeline industry.  In addition, the Guild has several Technical Panels that act as a focal point for technical matters related to pipelines and help disseminate these to members.


The Guild’s key objectives are to promote pipelines, connect people, advance pipeline technology and give a voice to the pipeline industry to share best practice and technological developments.  To deliver these it provides an interesting and diverse range of activities to give technical knowledge transfer as well as networking events for the members to engage in a social, professional and friendly environment.


Over the past two years the Guild has gone through a period of re-organisation and transition that has seen it expand its activities by embrace digital platforms to deliver an industry leading programme of events through webinars and social media.  This has placed the Guild in a strong position with increased membership engagement and growth.  In taking this proactive approach the Guild has remained resilient during the current pandemic and has maintained a solid financial base.  At the end of 2019, the Guild commenced a member consultation initiative to develop a strategy for the future and it is now embarking on the delivery of a 2025 strategic roadmap.  This is an exciting time for all those involved in the pipeline industry with the move to green energy and environment protection providing significant opportunities and being a major focus of the whole UK and International community.


The Guild is now seeking a highly motivated, committed and versatile Executive Director to lead the Guild’s head office team in the delivery of the services to the Guild membership.  Reporting to the Guild Chair the individual appointed will need to be commercial aware, have a confident approachable management style and demonstrate experience in business development that provides vision, initiative and leadership to generate future growth.  They will possess the ability to communicate at all levels, have excellent interpersonal communication skills and be comfortable in making presentations to members and the wider industry community.  Throughout the year the Guild holds several events outside of normal working hours such as technical meetings and formal dinners and the successful candidate will be expected to attend some of these events.  A flexible working pattern is adopted to allow for attendance at these events.


The Guild is an equal opportunities employer that values its employees and is committed to embracing diversity and an inclusive culture.


The role and responsibilities of the Executive Director of the Guild is provided below.


  1. Line Manager:
    The Guild Chair


  1. Purpose of the Role
  • To provide a day-to-day management capability of the Guild
  • To provide day to day management of Guild services including the Guild finances, events, website and social media platforms
  • To ensure a day-to-day service to the members
  • To provide day to day management of the Guild staff
  • To own and ensure the outputs of Guild staff.
  • To provide support to the Guild Chair and members of the Executive


  1. Role Objectives
  1. General
  • To manage the day-to-day operations of the Guild
  • To manage and have authority for Guild Staff and their functions.
  • To role model the Guild values to facilitate achieving the vision
  • To have a strong reporting line with the Chair
  • To assist the Chair in representing the internal and external face of the Guild
  • To attend Meetings of the Executive and Guild Boards to report on the Guild operations and events.


  1. Governance
  • To manage the Guild’s corporate governance documentation i. e. Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association, Standard Operating Procedures, risk register, financial reports etc.
  • To receive and make recommendations for additions and amendments to the Articles of Association, Standard Operating Procedures etc.
  • To ensure that the Guild meets all its statuary reporting obligations.
  • To ensure that the Guild meets all its internal governance requirements i. e. Hold an AGM, undertake an annual audit etc.
  • To ensure the Guild is compliant with Health & Safety Legislation and that the Guild’s Health and Safety Procedures are adhered to.


  1. Financial
  • To ensure the fiscal performance of the Guild on a day-to-day basis (this includes responsibility for the Branches, Panels and Guild Committees)
  • To undertake actions required by the Finance Committee, Executive and Board with banks and financial institutions in relation to the Guild’s financial assets.
  • To be responsible for cost management (allocation and control processes)
  • Joint signature for Banking processes
  • To co-authorise all expenditure
  • To be responsible for the collection of monies from all subscriptions and sales


  1. Guild Branches, Panels & Committees
  • To manage communication lines with all the Branch, Panel and Committee Chairs and their Deputies
  • To provide support to the Branches, Panels and Committees to ensure their performance.
  • To engage the Branches, Panels and Committees in member events
  • To delegate/seek the support of other individuals for specific tasks/projects
  1. Business Development
  • Identify and maintain industry position.
  • Target new industries and products
  • To develop a business development strategy which supports the Guild vision.
  • To develop revenue projects which support the Guild vision and provides a service to the membership.
  • Promote and develop the Guild brand.
  • To develop affiliations and communications with other external bodies, organisations, and industry.


  1. Technical, Training and Education
  • To progress the learned part of the Guild
  • To develop links with Universities
  • To develop member services and add to the value proposition.
    • Training and Education
    • Promote technical expertise
  1. Member Services
  • To develop member services and add to the value proposition.
    • Facilitate recruitment.
    • Advertising
    • Member benefits (tax, hotels et al)
    • New products
    • Networking
  • Social events
  • Facilitate communication between members.
    • To develop membership engagement protocols to gain an understanding of what the membership requires from the Guild.


  1. Role Success Criteria
  • When all member services are delivered
  • When all aspects of the Guild 2025 are delivered
  • When the Guild Objectives are met
  • When the Guild timetable is adhered to
  • When all reporting procedures are completed and on time
  • When the data base is up to date
  • When the web site is up to date
  • When all Guild staff are managed effectively
  • When there are no non-compliances with SOP’s
  • When a surplus is generated
  1. Role Stretch Targets
  • These are defined as follows: -
    • To increase membership
    • To produce a trading surplus
    • To increase member services