Chief Executive Officer

Ref: 7346

Save the Children UK

London, England

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Role coordinated by:

George Hourmouzios

Principal Research Associate, Social Impact & Environment Practice

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6246


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: c. £190,000

Closing Date: 28/06/2024

Save the Children’s ambition is a world in which every child has the right to survive, learn and be protected. We were founded on the belief that every child deserves the chance of a future. This belief underpins everything we do.  

We support children to transform their lives. We put children’s rights at the core of all our work. We also tackle big problems that hold children back – like poverty and inequality – while calling on leaders to stand up for them. We are committed to making a positive, lasting difference for and with children. 

Save the Children UK works in partnership with local organisations and communities; volunteers and the public; social movements and civil society groups; governments and international institutions; private sector organisations; foundations and philanthropists; artists and ambassadors; and, above all, with children and families to create change that lasts a lifetime. 

Save the Children UK is dedicated to making a lasting, positive impact for and with children. We can only achieve this ambition by empowering and supporting our extraordinary people, enabling them to contribute their best work throughout their careers with us. 

Save the Children UK is seeking a modern, systems-thinking CEO to lead our transformative journey towards a bold and innovative future. We need a strong, empathetic leader who can inspire and orchestrate our team to excel and set the right tone.  

We welcome applications from experienced senior leaders drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and sectors who can demonstrate a clear passion and alignment with Save the Children’s purpose and values. The ideal candidate will be an effective influencer, capable of driving progress within our network, and an inspiring communicator who can engage with both internal and external stakeholders. We are looking for a positive disruptor who will challenge the status quo and advance our strategic objectives.  

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including those outside the sector, who understand the complexities of humanitarian work. 

This is a unique opportunity to lead a globally recognised organisation dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of children, embarking on an exciting and transformative journey. If you are a forward-thinking leader with a passion for systemic change and sustainable impact, we want to hear from you. 

Please submit your application below, including a CV and a compelling cover letter detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification, and your vision for Save the Children UK, quoting reference 7346. The deadline for applications is Friday 28th June 9am BST.  

The role is based in Farringdon, London and the salary is c.£190,000. 

Perrett Laver will conduct an executive search process in parallel with the public advertisement of the role. Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Perrett Laver in early to mid-July and the Selection Panel will then meet to decide upon a final shortlist for the post in. mid-July. Subsequently, formal interviews with Save the Children UK will take place in late July and early August. 

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of background.  

Save the Children UK believes in a world that is fair, inclusive and equitable where all children have the opportunity to change their world. We apply this to our workforce and we are committed to developing and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organisation where all employees have a sense of belonging and feel that they can be "Free to Be Me". We are not looking for just one type of person - we want to recruit people who can add fresh perspectives, innovative ideas or challenge that disrupts the risk of group think.  

We are especially interested in people whose childhood experiences - of life on a low income, of migration, of being in a racialised community, of the care system, of being LGBT+ or in an LGBT+ family or living with (or with someone with) a disability - help us to see things we might otherwise miss. Whatever your story is we want to hear it because we know that different voices, ideas, perspectives and knowledge, working together will enable us to better the lives of children around the world. This is the reason why we are all here. 

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