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A critical leadership opportunity driving policy and action on climate change.

  • Apply your influence and extensive board experience
  • Ensure excellence in governance for social impact
  • Leverage relationships and networks within corporate Australia

About the organisation

Annual operating budget: $1,143,704.00
Number of paid staff: 6
Number of volunteers: 20 (at peak times)

Board size: 10
Board meeting frequency: 5 times/year
Board meetings are held: During the day/evening in either Melbourne or Sydney

The Carbon Market Institute (CMI) is the peak industry body at the centre of business and climate action in Australia. They are an independent industry representative of a broad spectrum of business involved in formal, voluntary, and supply chain carbon markets. Their vision is a prosperous, climate-resilient, net-zero emissions world by 2050, and they aim to do this by use of communication, advocacy, markets, services, research, and education. They ensure integrity by use of good policy and running the world’s first carbon industry code of conduct.

Established in 2011, they are independent and non-partisan frontline actors in repairing and mitigating the effects of climate change and are helping businesses adapt to the rapidly evolving carbon markets as they believe that market-based solutions are the most efficient policy mechanism to address the challenge of climate change. They are champions of the Paris Agreement and its goals of limiting rising temperatures to a 1.5⁰C, or well below 2⁰C and achieving net zero emissions.

Their mission is to help businesses manage risks and capitalise on opportunities in the transition to a net-zero emissions economy.

About the role

Remuneration: Voluntary
Tenure: 3 years

Prior board experience required: Yes
Formal governance training required: Desired

The Carbon Market Institute is at a critical time in its evolution. A mandate for immediate action, a recently appointed, highly respected CEO, an excellent Board and a solid strategy and vision towards 2050 exist. CMI is now looking to appoint a leader to Chair the Board to effect positive change.

You will be an experienced and respected leader in the Australian business community, capable of influencing significant individuals and organisations in and beyond your network. You will have significant governance experience as Chair, preferably within an ASX listed company. Technical experience is not required; however you will have an understanding of the carbon policy and market activity and a strong alignment to CMI’s 2050 vision.

You will successfully guide and inspire the board, mobilise networks and represent / advocate on behalf of CMI. You will be an excellent communicator, strategic in your approach and highly skilled in leveraging maintaining a variety of stakeholder relationships. Exposure to a member-based organisation would be beneficial.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly committed, commercial and energetic leader who will guide the board, drive growth and expansion, and be a true advocate for a business-centred approach to managing the risks and catalysing the opportunities of the transition to net-zero emissions economy.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Excellent reputation and network in corporate Australia
  • Extensive board experience (preferably ASX100)
  • Strong, purposeful alignment with the Carbon Market Institute’s mission and vision
  • Current or prior affiliation/experience with a large carbon emitter
  • A high level of awareness and familiarity with carbon policy and markets
  • Political influence and network

This voluntary position is an excellent opportunity to work with a passionate, committed Board to deliver significant and measurable social impact.

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please email [email protected] For further information, you can download the Board Pack here. To apply for this position, you must email a cover letter and CV to [email protected]