Chief Executive Officer

Solace Women's Aid


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    Not for Profit

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  • Expiry date

    19 March 2019

  • Client

    Solace Women's Aid

Ref: GSe44039.1

Solace Women’s Aid changes lives.  For more than 40 years, we’ve supported women and children in London to build safe lives and strong futures. We are the leading and highly trusted provider of specialist services in London, with a reputation for quality. Our vision is of a world where women and children live their lives free from all forms of domestic and sexual abuse. 

We are an ambitious organisation that never remains static. We are three years into our next five-year strategy – The Way Forward 2016-2021 – and are preparing for further innovation and growth that builds on our strengths in service delivery and increases our standing as a sector leader and influencer. At this important point in our journey, we are looking for an exceptional woman to become our next Chief Executive to succeed Mary Mason who steps down later this year.  The position requires a dynamic, experienced leader and feminist, who is passionately committed to prevent violence and abuse as well as providing services to meet the needs of survivors.

You will lead Solace through its next phase of development ensuring we continue to extend our reach and impact. With strong operational experience and an entrepreneurial approach, you will understand how to deliver commissioned services and develop new approaches to increase our income. Values driven, you will be adept at building and nurturing relationships with the vision to inspire and influence across the organization and externally at a local and national level. You will seek out new opportunities and ways to collaborate with organisations that can help us achieve our vision.  You will work with a committed and engaged Board of Trustees and above all, you will keep those we are there to support at the heart of everything we do. 

Solace Women’s Aid values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applicants from black minority and ethnic communities.

Solace is a Disability Confident employer. Please feel free to email us at if you require any additional support to apply for this role.

This service is run by women for women and is therefore restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Section 7(2) e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

An enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) disclosure will be required for this role.

Closing dateMonday 18th March 2019
Preliminary Interviewsw/c 25th and early w/c 1st April 2019
Meeting staff, SU & Volunteers with Solace Women’s AidWednesday 10th April 2019
Final Panel InterviewTuesday 16th April 2019

To express an interest in this role and to be considered for it, please submit the following:

  • A detailed and up-to-date CV (no longer than three pages of A4);
  • A supporting statement that addresses the essential skills and competences and outlines your motivation for applying;
  • Two referees that you are happy for us to contact at the shortlisting stage;
  • Details of your availability on the dates provided in the indicative timetable.

Please also ensure you have also completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on this site. The information on the form will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. The form will not be treated as part of your application.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, then our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Joanna Thornton or Rebecca O’Connor (0207 426 3373) will be pleased to take your call.

GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.