Chief Executive

London (Greater)
01 Sep 2017
29 Sep 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Challenge Partners was established in 2011 to be a partnership of schools working together to achieve more collectively than any could alone. Our aim is to enhance the life chances of all children, especially the least advantaged, through enabling schools to work together to improve. Through our practitioner-led network, we identify and share the knowledge, skills and practices of the highest performing to help drive improvement. 

As a highly successful social enterprise with a sustainable business model, Challenge Partners has grown rapidly since its formation, with results of pupils in partner schools consistently improving faster than the national average.

Chief Executive 
Salary competitive, dependent on experience

With our founding Chief Executive retiring from the role, we are looking for a leader who can tune into our values and provide the leadership to enable us to grow further while maintaining the quality of our work. With a strong network of schools already, effective programmes in place and a financially sustainable model, we are well placed to extend our reach further.

We are looking for someone with drive, energy and the ability to build teams and draw on the expertise of others, combined with a good strategic sense and the ability to spot opportunities and capitalise on them. We need an engaging leader who can establish credibility with a range of senior stakeholders whilst bringing experience of developing sustainable business models and scaling an organisation for growth. A track record of working to an ethical imperative, whether in education or elsewhere, will be essential.

To download the appointment brief, which contains further details about Challenges Partners, our programmes and the Chief Executive role, please click "Apply" below. 

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact our retained advisors at Prospectus Ami Jenick or James Harvey on 0207 691 1920, or e-mail  or 

Official closing date for applications:             29 September 2017
Preliminary interviews with Prospectus:         5-18 October 2017
Interviews with Challenge Partners:               To be Confirmed        

Challenge Partners is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all communities.

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