The role

Job Description

Job titleChief Executive Officer
Reports toCharity’s Board of Trustees
Normal place of worknurtureuk head office, London.
Some home/remote working possible.
Job purposeOverview: The post-holder is responsible for providing leadership, developing and implementing nurtureuk’s strategic and business plans, leading on partnership and business development, and being an effective advocate for the charity and its beneficiaries. The post-holder will provide operational management and financial control, and ensure good governance across all aspects of the charity.
StatusPermanent, full-time
Remuneration£60,000 – £65,000 per annum, depending on experience, + pension
Annual leave25 days per annum, 1 additional day per year worked up to a maximum of 30 days, plus bank holidays. 
DBS requirementBasic check

Duties and responsibilities:


  • Lead the charity through a period of change and growth, delivering on the charity’s ambitions to expand our reach and impact for beneficiaries;
  • Advocate on behalf of nurtureuk to policy makers, education leaders and other audiences;
  • Seek out, develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant organisations and individuals to promote the work of the charity and facilitate the implementation of its strategic objectives.
  • Cultivate an organisational culture that is values-driven, professional, inclusive and continuously striving for improvement;


  • Liaise with the Board in relation to the development of the charity’s strategy and be responsible for leading the implementation of it.
  • Seek out and implement opportunities that ensure nurtureuk remains at the forefront of positive change in the education of vulnerable children and young people.
  • Be responsible for the development and delivery of the charity’s business plan.
  • Ensure that nurtureuk’s activities are evidence-based and impact focused;
  • Identify strategic risks, issues and opportunities and take responsibility for initiating and leading associated changes.
  • Promote, and seek opportunities to expand, the research base on nurture approaches.

Partnership and Business Development

  • Lead the promotion and development of nurtureuk’s work, raising the charity’s profile and maximising its impact.
  • Support the Director of Innovation and Income Generation in seeking out, developing and cultivating beneficial partnerships with supporters, relevant authorities/organisations, donors and other not-for-profit bodies.
  • Work towards the achievement of long-term sustainability, developing the charity’s business model and maximising resources.
  • Adopt a creative and innovative approach to development, remaining open to new ideas and opportunities.

Advocacy and influencing

  • Be a passionate and effective advocate in advancing nurtureuk’s objective to bring about cultural and legislative change in education. This will include speaking at high-profile conferences and events, and networking at senior level with like-minded charities, academic institutions, government and local authority departments.
  • Champion the rights of all children and young people to an inclusive and nurturing education.


  • Passionate about access to education for all, determined to provide our stakeholders with exceptional service
  • Oversee the implementation of all the charity’s organisational plans in line with strategic objectives.
  • Support the Director of Operations to:
    – Ensure that nurtureuk services, contracts and projects are delivered to the highest standard to maximise impact with due regard for time scales, targets and budgets.
    – Develop and maintain effective operational policies, processes and systems in all the charity’s functions. Review and update scope and content to meet legal, regulatory and best practice needs.
  • Build high-functioning teams through management that supports and empowers.
  • Establish robust and inclusive HR processes covering recruitment, retention, performance management and remuneration.

Financial Control

  • Ensure that the charity’s financial resources are monitored and managed effectively and that nurtureuk remains in good financial health, identifying risks and taking appropriate action.
  • Liaise with the Board to develop and lead on the implementation of the charity’s financial plans, including setting budgets, formulating business development strategies and overseeing income generation activities.
  • Maintain effective financial management and control systems; ensure delivery within budgets and to performance targets and oversee production of management accounts, statutory accounts and annual reports.

Governance and Compliance

  • Ensure the Board of trustees is provided with timely and appropriate information, advice and support;
  • Liaise with the Board to ensure that the charity’s overall governance structure, policies and procedures are appropriate and effective.
  • Oversee the development and practical application of all organisational policies and procedures e.g. with regard to health and safety, equality and diversity, and safeguarding.
  • Ensure the safeguarding of the vulnerable children and young people with whom the charity works through rigorous procedures and staff training.
  • Ensure the organisation complies with all relevant legislation and reporting requirements, such as, those set by the Charity Commission and Companies House.
  • Ensure that all major risks are identified and regularly reviewed, and that systems and procedures are in place to mitigate all such risks; be responsible for the development and implementation of the charity’s risk approach.

Person Specification

  • Senior leadership experience and a leadership style that is values-driven
  • Commitment to diversity, openness and inclusive leadership
  • Excellent people management skills with a collaborative style and commitment to working closely with a senior management team, ideally with experience of managing geographically dispersed teams
  • Experience of managing change, including culture change, and motivating teams throughout the process
  • Understanding and experience of the education sector at a strategic level
  • Excellent communicator to advocate for the charity, influence and inspire others
  • Collaborative approach with track record of building commercial partnerships
  • Experience of digital transformation and awareness of opportunities for digital services
  • Evidence-based approach to decision-making and commitment to the importance of data, evaluation and research.
  • Excellent financial management skills and the ability to work with complex financial information
  • Creative approach to problem solving and responding to change
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Experience of establishing performance management systems
  • Commitment to continuous learning and improvement
  • Personal commitment to improving the lives of children and young people
  • Experience/understanding of the voluntary sector and charity governance

Diversity and inclusion statement

Nurtureuk values people as individuals with diverse opinions, cultures, lifestyles and circumstances. We recognise that a diverse team and an inclusive culture where everyone can be comfortably and openly themselves leads to better results. We want to do more to meet our aspirations in this area and welcome candidates from all sections of society. 

Appointments will be made subject to satisfactory references, a satisfactory disclosure report from the Disclosure and Barring Service, and a declaration of any interests you hold.