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Chief Executive

Harris Hill
North Chailey, Lewes
circa £85,000
Closing date
26 Jul 2021

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Set in 36 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, this hospice supports and empowers and cares for people towards the end of life. Our friendly, professional and nurturing team of employees and volunteers work side-by-side to support patients and their carers in their journey both in the comfort of their own homes, as well as at the hospice in North Chailey.

With approximately 140 employees, over 400 volunteers and 10 charity shops across Lewes, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Lindfield and Burgess Hill, the hospice is at the heart of our community.

Our values are evident in everything we do, which is what compels our employees and volunteers to stay with us, sometimes for years. (One of our volunteers has been with us for 21 years!). Our donkeys Dylan and Dudley and resident cats, Jasper and Willow, are also much-loved additions to the friendly team!

Our current Chief Executive has led the Hospice successfully for several years, ensuring that our patients and their loved ones are at the heart of all our work, including through the unique challenges of 2020. With her well-deserved retirement this year, her successor will lead the Hospice's continuing change programme, including an innovative integration of our service delivery teams, and help restore the sense of "one team" that was affected by the physical separations of staff and volunteers by Covid. Despite this challenges of the pandemic, new Chief Executive has a strong platform to build on, and will lead us forward as a unified team to rebuild our services for the future.

Key details:

Job Title: Chief Executive of a hospice based in North Chailey. East Sussex

Salary: circa £85,000

Hours: Full time, with occasional weekend and evening work

Location: North Chailey, East Sussex

Amongst other criteria, the successful candidate will have:

  • A demonstrable track record of success at a senior management level at an organisation/s of comparable scale and complexity.
  • The strategic ability to identify critical issues and formulate necessary programmes of work that respond to these issues and to oversee their effective implementation.
  • Experience of leading teams through organisational change, including cultural change.
  • Analytical Skills: Proven ability to critically evaluate and influence policy and strategy initiatives developed by national, regional and local stakeholders.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and by the use of other media, including information technology, with colleagues at all levels, Trustees, public, private and voluntary sector organisations as appropriate.
  • Commercial Acumen: Ability to identify, develop and deliver on opportunities for sustainable growth in line with our vision, mission and values.
  • The ability to manage allocated resources effectively, delivering business performance and value for money.
  • A strong alignment with our mission, vision and values.

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.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 26th July 2021.


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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