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We’re recruiting a Chief Executive for the Cannabis Industry Council

We’re recruiting a Chief Executive for the Cannabis Industry Council

As the Cannabis Industry Council enters its second year, the members and executive committee is looking to build on its success and rapid growth.

The CIC is seeking a Chief Executive who can drive forward our ambitious goals. Working with officers and members, the Chief Executive will advocate and campaign to achieve the best possible outcomes for the cannabis industry in the current challenging health and wellness environment.

Job Description & Person Specification  (PDF)

For more information, to apply, or to arrange an informal conversation please contact Chair, Prof Mike Barnes via email at

Please apply with your CV. The closing date for this role is 29 April 2022.


Job Description

Key accountabilities

  • Be accountable to the executive committee for the delivery of the CIC business strategy
  • Play a leadership role within the cannabis sector, maintaining and building a network of collaborators and stakeholders who can support delivery of the CIC’s strategy
  • Maintain the agreed strategic direction for the CIC’s public policy and political advocacy
  • work on issues of concern for the industry and advise the board on proposed changes to the strategic direction for public policy work.
  • Deliver effective influencing and communications strategies to engage key policy and decision-making stakeholders.
  • Drive membership growth.
  • Work closely with chief executives, and senior managers of member organisations to ensure the CIC complements and supports the objectives of its members.
  • Represent the CIC and its members to the external audience, including and especially political stakeholders, government departments, policy-makers and media.
  • Maintain relations with, and lobby, senior decision-makers and influencers in the government, parliament, political parties, health and social care professionals and media.
  • Deliver the CIC’s annual budget through managing expenditure and maintaining and growing income.
  • Incorporating the role of Company Secretary, ensure the efficient running of the CIC so its aims and objectives can be carried out effectively

Operational responsibilities

  • Represent the CIC with government ministers and departments, NHS England, Home Office, BEIS and other relevant departments, the media, and other organisations in order to achieve its aims and objectives.
  • Protect and enhance the reputation of the CIC, seeking opportunities to promote its work.
  • Sit on other national policy forums relating to the cannabis industry, where appropriate Be part of the team to deliver the CIC’s communication strategy.

Working with the Executive Committee

  • Ensure appropriate and timely reporting to enable the Committee against the agreed strategy to adequately monitor annual plans, targets, performance and the financial status.
  • Deliver the annual calendar for executive and sub-committee meetings, with support from the Executive Assistant.
  • Provide regular updates and advice to the Committee about the member priorities and policy positions, as well as the external environment in which CIC operates
  • Work with the accountants to produce the Annual Report and ensure all constitutional, regulatory, and legal obligations are met.
  • Maintain the governance arrangements to maximise productivity and compliance.
  • Present a regular review of organisational risks, using the agreed risk management framework, proposing measures to mitigate them, and implement the risk management
  • strategy as agreed with the board.

Working with member organisations

  • Work with member organisations to establish priority policy areas for shared action by the CIC.
  • Oversee CIC sub-groups joining together representatives from member organisations with shared interests and utilising these skills for the benefit of the wider cannabis
  • community.
  • Lead the team to deliver the annual programme of meetings, including the annual members’ meeting.
  • Review, enhance and promote the value of membership of the CIC.
  • Oversee regular communications to members, including delivering an annual programme of 1:1 meetings with member Chief Executives.


  • Deliver, monitor, and report against the annual business plan agreed by the Executive Committee.
  • Ensure delivery of short- and long-term projects and contracts.
  • Manage the CIC budget efficiently as agreed by the Committee and Treasurer and ensure that all statutory financial requirements are met.
  • Deliver the CIC’s fundraising strategy, including development of new income streams.

Key Information

  • Flexible home working preferred.
  • Minimum 30 hours per week up to full time.
  • Preferably self-employed on an external contractual basis.
  • Start as soon as possible.

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