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Chief Executive, Ufton Court Educational Trust

Wild Search
The salary will be in the region £60 – 70k depending upon experience.
Closing date
24 Jan 2022
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Job Details

Ufton Court Educational Trust (UCT) is a thriving charity that aims to raise the aspirations and achievements of children and young people, especially those affected by disadvantage. UCT is based at Ufton Court in Berkshire and welcomes around 15,000 children a year for day and residential visits as well as running an outreach programme with Ufton teachers visiting schools.

The board is now seeking a Chief Executive to lead this successful charity and ensure it continues to thrive, develop and deliver vital educational programmes to those children most in need.

There are three strands to the charity’s activities:

  • Schools Programmes: Day and residential visits to Ufton Court. Children visit from schools across the South of England to enjoy activities that immerse them in history and/or the outdoors.
  • Ufton Adventure Programmes: Day, residential and outreach visits for disadvantaged children. UCT has developed unique programmes delivered in close partnership with schools to meet the specific needs of groups of children over a series of repeated visits.
  • Weddings: Over 100 weddings are held on site per year. All profits support the charitable activities.

For more information please visit the website and see our latest annual report

About the Role

The new Chief Executive will be passionate, energetic, motivated and experienced. An individual with experience of successful business leadership and a commitment to education, as well as a dedication to the values and ethics of the organisation is sought. They will be supported by a group of experienced trustees and will manage a strong staff team. The successful candidate will have the strategic mindset, vision and energy to lead and develop the charity.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate for this role:

  • Has commitment and drive to changing lives through education.
  • Has experience of leading an organisation, service or team and coordinating a wide range of people to achieve strategic goals.
  • Has experience of implementing strategic plans, including business planning systems and ensuring good governance and performance.
  • Has experience of building and maintaining successful partnerships.
  • Is highly organised with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Has well-developed people skills and the ability to create positive relationships with staff, volunteers and service users.
  • Is collaborative and willing to work alongside all members of staff and be hands on when required.
  • Has experience of financial management and the skill to prepare and manage annual budgets, expenditure forecast and income generation.
  • Is committed to diversity in all its forms.


Ufton Court Educational Trust takes its safeguarding responsibilities seriously, and has a range of policies to support effective training and reporting to protect people, particularly children, at-risk adults and beneficiaries of assistance.  An enhanced DBS check and other safeguarding compliance vetting will be required prior to full appointment.

Please visit to download the candidate brief. For further information please contact Edward Wild or Amy Wevill on 0207 233 2230 or by emailing

The deadline for application is midday on Monday 24th January.


Founded in 2010, Wild Search specialises in executive team, chair and trustee appointments to a wide range of charities, with particular expertise in education. We combine our retained executive search work with thought leadership and regularly publish reports on the issues which our clients engage with and launch them with events and webinars.   

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0207 233 2230
York House, Glemham Road
IP17 2BQ
United Kingdom
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