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Chief Executive Officer

Harris Hill
East Berkshire
circa £45,000
Closing date
23 Nov 2020
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This is an exciting renewal time for advice services in East Berkshire. The local advice charities providing services across Bracknell & District and Maidenhead & Windsor are merging to create a stronger and more resilient organisation to grow our vital services for our communities. In April 2021, we will become a new charity providing advice to citizens across East Berkshire and we are seeking our first ever CEO.

As our two organisations have done for many years, our new charity will provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on social welfare (debt, benefits, housing, employment and family issues) that will help people get their lives back on track, as well as using on-the-ground knowledge to improve local and national social policy.

We know more people want our help and we need to create more capacity to meet this efficiently to make the best use of our resources. Both existing charities are merging from a position of operational and financial strength. Our aim is to take the best of both organisations, forging a positive common culture, simplifying operations and investing in front line services to reach more clients.

Both of our organisations have a strong track record of delivery and adapting fast when we need to. When Covid-19 restrictions meant that we could no longer meet clients face-to-face, our teams of ingenious staff and volunteers turned our offer around virtually overnight to telephone and email services.  That kind of dedication is a hallmark of our two existing services.

With our current operational changes and investment plans and the exciting plans for merger, it can feel like “all change”. Our future CEO will be a leader who can embrace the whole change vision whilst laying out a clear roadmap for our staff and volunteers that engages and empowers but does not overwhelm them.

Organisation:            Charity providing advice to citizens of East Berkshire

Job Title:                   Chief Executive Officer

Salary:                       circa £45,000

Hours:                        Full time, with occasional weekend and evening work

Location:                   East Berkshire (Bracknell & Maidenhead)

This is a new role in a refreshed organisation.  It presents a genuine opportunity to shape the service to meet our clients’ future needs. The CEO will take a large share of the credit for establishing a robust, innovative and responsive organisation.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrable experience of providing inspirational leadership to an organisation going through extensive change, ideally gained at an organisation of comparable scale and complexity (c.30 staff &120 volunteers and a turnover of over £0.5 million).
  • A proven track record of successful income generation and business development, through fundraising, commissioning and marketing activities.
  • Demonstrable track record of financial management and budgetary control, and ability to manage a budget under the guidance of the treasurer.
  • Experience of leading and managing staff, motivating teams at all levels, building working relationships with colleagues, demonstrating personal commitment to organisational and staff development.
  • Proven experience of building and maintaining partnerships within and across organisations and sectors

We encourage applicants who are from underrepresented groups with protected characteristics, as we value having a diverse pool of applicants to find the best candidate.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this role with details on how to apply, please send an expression of interest and (optional but appreciated) a CV or professional profile in confidence to our consultant, Jenny Hills at

For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Jenny at the above address with your number and suitable times to speak. You can also call her on 0207 820 7321 but please be aware the line can be busy so a pre-arranged call is the best way to ensure availability.

Please note: responding to this advertisement will not in itself be considered an application. We will need a CV and a supporting statement addressing the full person specification in the information pack.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 23rd November


Harris Hill has been providing the Charity and Not-for-Profit sector with high quality recruitment solutions for over 27 years. In the past year we have worked on more than 3,000 charity vacancies (approximately 2,000 permanent and 1,000 temporary) and are continuing to grow, developing new teams to respond to the strong demand for specialist charity professionals.

Our teams focus on specific functions within charities including Fundraising, Marketing/PR/Digital, Data Management & Business Support, Finance, Human Resources, Temporary and Executive-level roles.

We are committed to delivering a level of excellence to both candidates and clients alike and have an unrivalled reputation for finding talented people their ideal charity jobs within the UK's leading national and international charities and non-profit organisations.

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