Chief Executive


Flexible location, with regular travel. Head office is located in Stevenage, with a national network of offices.

  • Location

    Flexible location, with regular travel. Head office is located in Stevenage, with a national network of offices.

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    18 August 2019

  • Client


Ref: GSe55332

POhWER represents some of the most vulnerable people in our society, providing information, advice, support and advocacy to those who experience disability, distress and social exclusion.  Often, our service users have nowhere else to turn, when faced with a bureaucratic system which can seem overwhelming to those who have suffered grievances. Given the rising number of people affected by mental health conditions, such as dementia and disability, we are supporting more people than ever before.  There is an unprecedented need for our services, and we are committed to extending our reach. Growth is at the heart of our strategic plan and this is an exciting time to join us.

Our new Chief Executive will have strong operational and financial leadership experience.  At a pivotal point in our development, we will look to you to play a key role in our income generation and fundraising strategies. You will use your ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders, ensuring that our trajectory of growth is coupled with an increase in our profile, reach and influence. 

You will be comfortable leading through change and have good emotional intelligence. An inspirational leader of people, you will be creative in your approach, able to identify new ways of working which will benefit the whole organisation. Relationship building will be a key strength and you will demonstrate a proven track record of working with external stakeholders and the ability to build strong relationships with our dedicated staff team and Board, in order to deliver lasting impact.  Perhaps most importantly, you will be demonstrably passionate about our values, which will be at the heart of everything you do.

Closing Date10.00am - Monday 19th August 2019
Longlist meeting Friday 30th August 2019
Preliminary Interviews with Gatenbysanderson To be completed by end of w/c 9th September 2019
Shortlist Meeting Friday 13th September 2019
Due diligence and informal conversations between Chair and shortlisted candidatesAfter shortlisting
Final Panel Interviews 1st October 2019
How to apply

To apply for this post, please submit:

  • A comprehensive CV.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the criteria set out in Part One of the person specification (maximum 3 sides of A4) and tells us why you are particularly interested in this role.
  • Details of two referees who we would be able to contact at shortlist stage.
  • Please also tell us about any dates provided in this pack on which you would not be available to participate in the selection process.

Please also ensure you have completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form that appears on the GatenbySanderson website as you submit your application. The information you provide will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. The form will not be treated as part of your application.

The How to Apply section of the website provides clear instructions; if, however, you have any queries in relation to the application process, or you experience difficulties uploading your application, please do not hesitate to telephone the GatenbySanderson team on .

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson: Joanna Thornton E: 020 74263993 or Mark Bate E: 0113 205 6288.

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

Contact details
Ludovica Orlando: 020 7426 3993