Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive. With the current Chief Executive, Colin Brown, retiring this is an exciting opportunity to lead an organisation of regional, national and international significance through the next phase of its development.

About The Deep

The Deep is the most commercially successful of all the Millennium landmark projects. Designed by Sir Terry Farrell, The Deep visitor attraction opened in 2002 and has to date welcomed over 6,000,000 visitors becoming an icon of success and triggering a renaissance in its home City of Hull. The facility also includes a successful business centre catering to knowledge-based industries.

Powered by this commercial success, The Deep has established itself as a respected educational and environmental charity and a genuine force in marine conservation. It has chaired and hosted the Net Gain project which established a network of Marine Conservation Zones along the East Coast and continues to work on projects from Coral propagation to Shark and Ray conservation in the Sudan, alongside Equipe Cousteau. A new and unique partnership with the IUCN. Red List has also recently been pioneered.

A member of BIAZA, EAZA and the Eco Attractions Group, The Deep represents a new sustainable relationship between Hull and the oceans.

The Chief Executive will provide effective and inspirational leadership to the visitor attraction, the business centre and to the charity their income supports. They will provide proposals for The Deep`s longer term plans and strategies as well as providing leadership to the senior management team. They will inspire, motivate and engage the “Crew” of the Deep and develop constructive relationships with other stakeholders notably Kingston upon Hull`s City Council, the University of Hull, our staff and the wider city.  They will attend a monthly Trustees’ meeting and work closely with the Chair and individual Trustees as required.

The role requires someone with both well rounded operational management skills and the ability to take a strategic lead.  It requires excellent people skills, an entrepreneurial spirit and an understanding of how this needs to be tempered in a charitable setting.

They will be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of customers, staff and stakeholders articulating a clear and compelling vision for this unique organisation.

They will share our commitment to excellence and to our charitable aims.

Background information about The Deep including its charitable aims, history, conservation work, mantra, products and services can all be found on the website here.  To download The Deep’s organogram click here. Find out more information on working in Hull here



The Deep is a successful visitor attraction, Business Centre and an increasingly well respected marine charity. It operates retail, catering, restaurant, education and corporate hospitality businesses and receives no revenue support from the public purse.

Simply put then, the task of the Chief Executive is to balance the need to continue to generate surpluses with The Deep’s other charitable and social agendas, and in doing so to create a world class attraction, a respected charity and an icon of excellence in Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.


The Chair, Directors/Trustees of EMIH Ltd (Charity no. 1073254), and the Directors of Running Deep Ltd


This role is full time and permanent, commanding a salary circa £100,000 and a generous benefits package:




The Chief Executive combines the roles of organisational figurehead, strategic planner and operational manager. The role requires the ability to balance the needs of both the charity and the trading arm on which it largely depends for its income.  As such, experience in or of a charity or not for profit organisation would be advantageous.

Ideally, but not necessarily, from an aquarium, Zoo, or other visitor attraction or tourism background the role calls for a confident and experienced leader of both people and projects.

Essential Skills and Attributes

Desirable Skills and Attributes


Please download or complete and submit the on-line application form below. 

For an informal conversation before submitting your application, please contact Colin Brown, Chief Executive, 01482 381001.

Please note that the closing date for all applications is 5pm on Monday 6 February 2017.  Should you require a paper copy of the application form please contact Clair Rush, 01482 381020 or  Paper copies should be returned to Clair Rush, Office Administrator, The Deep, Hull, HU1 4DP and must also be received by 5pm on Monday 6 February 2017.

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Opening Times

The Deep is open daily from 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Car parking is available at a cost of £3 for six hours. It can become full during school holidays – alternative car parks can be found here.

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Ticket Prices

Type of ticket Online On the day
Adult 13.50 15.00
Child (3 - 15) 10.57 11.75
Under 3s/Essential carers FREE FREE
Student*/Senior (60+) 12.60 14.00

* Students must provide a valid NUS card or proof of age is required for school/sixth form students

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