Chief Executive Officer

Association of Accounting Technicians

Blended: London/Home/Some international travel

  • Location

    Blended: London/Home/Some international travel

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    To £190,000 + Benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    13 April 2021

  • Client

    Association of Accounting Technicians

Ref: GSe71257






Established in 1980, AAT is both a professional body and a regulated Awarding Organisation, providing a range of professional support and internationally recognised qualifications for accounting technicians.  With 220 members of staff and 130,000 members in more than 100 countries, we operate with considerable reach across a complex international landscape, anticipating and responding to frequent change in industry, regulation and education to support an important profession.  At AAT, our mission is to promote financial skills, empower people and enable businesses to achieve their potential.  In doing so, we are committed to having a positive impact on society; enabling social mobility and equality of opportunity, not to mention, global economic health and prosperity.

Our appointment of a new Chief Executive will be made in an important year as we continue to support our profession and industry at a challenging time. As an organisation, we will emerge from the current pandemic in good financial and operational health, having taken the opportunity to accelerate many aspects of our strategy during the past year.  Moving forward, we will continue to develop new products and services that not only resonate but also delight current and future members, regardless of where they are in the world, as we embrace opportunities to innovate to maximise our impact, value and relevance.

We are looking for a strategic, inspiring and inclusive leader who has delivered outstanding business performance in a dynamic, regulated industry sector.  Visionary and pro-active, with a track record of delivering strategic and operational business change in support of customer experience excellence, you will be a visible and developmental leader, providing our people with outstanding leadership to ensure that we are a future focused, agile and supportive professional body and Awarding Organisation.  As we seek to grow and diversify, your leadership capability will also need to extend beyond the usual organisational boundaries to elicit strong performance from our partners and operate with gravitas and credibility at the highest levels of industry, government and education.

This is both an exciting and important time for AAT and we are looking for a new Chief Executive with the appetite, energy and commitment to make a real difference to our organisation and profession, in a role that has the potential to be both personally rewarding and career defining. 

If this sounds like the challenge for you, we look forward to hearing from you.

AAT is a registered charity. No. 1050724


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Tuesday 30 March 2021 @ 5pm

Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
Thursday 8 April 2021 to Friday 16 April 2021

Assessments & Informal Conversations
w/c Monday 3 May 2021

Panel Interviews
1st Panel Interview on Wednesday 28 April 2021 & Thursday 29 April 2021 - Final Panel Interview on Tuesday 11 May 2021

How to Apply


To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 3 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.



Stephanie Wilson: 07880 382745
Olivia Robinson: 0113 205 6298