Chief Executive Officer

Ref: 4989


SPANA’s headquarters are in London, UK and there is scope for flexible working.

Role Managed by:

Madeleine Loll

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6237


Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit Practice and Social Impact

Salary & Benefits: £100k

Closing Date: 01/03/2021

Formal Interview Date: Mid-late April

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Our vision is a world where every working animal lives a life free from suffering and is treated with compassion.

Established in 1923, SPANA’s goal is simple: to improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities. Through three key areas – treating, training and teaching – we’re inspiring others to act in the best interests of working animals while also providing practical, professional and sustainable solutions today. SPANA’s work improves the lives of working animals while supporting the communities that depend on them. Last year, SPANA provided more than 376,151 veterinary treatments to working animals, such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants. By doing the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis, these animals help provide a small income for families in many of the world’s poorest communities. However, without SPANA, most of these animals would have no access to veterinary care when they are sick or injured, or their owners would have no means to pay for it.

SPANA is now seeking an inspirational leader to deliver SPANA’s vision, mission, strategic objectives and operational plans. The Chief Executive’s leadership will be critical as the organisation builds upon its success and shapes its next chapter.

Our ideal candidate will be a bold and emotionally intelligent leader with proven experience of shaping organisational vision and strategy, as well as promoting strong values across country programmes, with an emphasis on staff well-being, safety and security.  The appointee will drive a culture of innovation and high performance, transparency and accountability, and will be experienced in adaptable, resilient and sustainable business models. S/he will need enhanced relationship-building skills to effectively engage and influence both internal and external stakeholders to deliver SPANA’s vision.

Above all, the next leader of SPANA will be modelling our values of excellence, integrity, respect and collaboration while driving the organisation forward with passion and conviction. We are looking for candidates with the following skills and experience:

  • A proven track record of success in a significant leadership role within a complex, geographically dispersed organisation, driving the development and delivery of strategic business plans (to achieve organisational vision and purpose);
  • An understanding of governance structures and experience of working effectively with trustees and/or non-executive directors;
  • Experience in engaging multiple e stakeholders to raise funds and/or secure investments;
  • Strong business acumen with a proven track record of effective risk-management;
  • Advanced people and leadership skills with a demonstrable commitment to organisational and staff development;
  • A versatile communicator, with experience in effective influencing approaches;
  • Significant partnership-building competencies with the ability to establish and maintain credibility and strong, collaborative relationships with a wide range of senior stakeholders;
  • An understanding of the needs of working animals and a real interest in animal welfare; and,
  • French conversational skills are desirable.

If you are motivated to help us achieve our vision, you can download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role and apply below quoting reference 4989. The closing date for applications is 9am GMT on Monday 1st March 2021.

SPANA’s headquarters are in London, UK and there is scope for flexible working alongside the expectation to be based at least two days a week at the headquarters and to undertake extensive travel to programme offices (once travel safely resumes).

SPANA values diversity and we’re committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to end pain and suffering for working animals across the world. Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview stage, please let Perrett Laver know.

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