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Director of Finance and Resources

The organisation

Blue Ventures is a science-led social enterprise that works with coastal communities to develop transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation.  The organisation has a proven track record of innovating new approaches to financing and incentivising marine conservation.  Their culture is naturally dynamic and entrepreneurial. 

The brief

Prospectus was asked to lead the search for the newly Finance and Resources Director position. The role was created to help develop the organisation and achieve their ambitions, playing a pivotal role in supporting ongoing growth. We were tasked with seeking someone with a flexible and entrepreneurial ‘can do’ approach, who would fit well into a fast moving, dynamic and demanding environment with an international dimension.

The appointment

Prospectus led a comprehensive search across sector boundaries to create a rich mix of potential candidates. The successful appointment was Xi Chen, a qualified chartered accountant with a background in management consultancy at Accenture and PwC. Xi’s experience of transformation projects such as creating finance vision, embedding new ways of working, and designing future operating models combined with her experience of working with geographically and culturally diverse teams in places such as Sub Saharan Africa and the USA, was particularly relevant alongside her personal values and genuine interest in using her skills in a beyond profit environment.