Chief Executive – Action for Blind People

Chief Executive – Action for Blind People

The long-standing and well-respected Chief Executive of Action for Blind People was retiring and they were looking to appoint his successor. The outgoing Chief Executive had led Action for Blind People’s successful integration and establishment into the RNIB Group and his departure coincided with a new transformational phase in the RNIB Group’s development.

Peridot Partners were appointed to work in partnership with the Chair and Board of Trustees at Action for Blind People and representatives of the RNIB Group board (including the RNIB Chief Executive) to find a strong successor. Given the range of key stakeholders in this appointment we undertook extensive briefings to fully understand the context, challenges and key priorities for the incoming Chief Executive. It emerged that this was a time of considerable organisational change, a new strategy would need to be embedded and it required an adept leader who could continue to strengthen the relationship with the RNIB Group. The culture was collaborative and innovative so they required an individual to bring this type of approach and importantly could inspire and maximise the contribution of their 200+ dedicated staff and growing cohort of volunteers around the country. As a charity committed to putting blind and partially sighted people at the heart of service development and delivery they also wanted a person who was absolutely committed to this principle.

We provided a full search and selection approach supporting Action for Blind People throughout the recruitment process, from initial briefings (helping to define the job role)  to managing the final offer with the successful candidate. Mindful that some of our key stakeholders and prospective candidates were blind and partially sighted themselves we ensured the information provided for all was suitable for their needs. Our search focused on leaders within the social care space, including service delivery charities across health, social care and mental health, employment, advice; larger social enterprises, the private social care sector and the public sector, particularly the NHS. We targeted MD’s already within a Group structure, Chief Executives and Executive Directors ready to take their next step.

Throughout the search process we provided regular updates to Action for Blind People and strong candidates were encouraged to speak with the Chair to gain further insight which proved very helpful in securing candidate commitment and testing initial chemistry between prospective candidates and the Chair.

Our short-list comprised of a range of experienced Executive Directors and Managing Directors operating within mental health, housing, health and disability charities. It also included an internal candidate at Action for Bind People.  A number of the candidates had experience of working within a group structure and all had led change, bought wide experience of developing person-centred services and the leadership qualities to inspire and motivate the team and engage effectively with the RNIB Group.  Action for Blind People eventually selected their internal candidate as their new Chief Executive after a competitive and robust process.

 “Emma and Philippa handled the recruitment of a Chief Executive for Action for Blind People (part of the RNIB Group). The process was effective, efficient, sensitive to the needs of the client and clear at all stages. A very successful process throughout.”

Mike Nussbaum – Chair of Trustees, Action for Blind People

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