Are you an inspirational leader who can make a real difference in rural communities? Join ACRE as its new Chief Executive.
We are looking for a new Chief Executive to shape ACRE’s future strategy, building on recent achievements that have seen the ACRE Network have a real and positive impact on rural communities, especially those who are most disadvantaged by living in rural areas.
Our ideal candidate would have senior level experience in national policy and/or with a network of autonomous organisations.
Equally at home working closely with government and with our 38 member organisations across England, you will be a strategic leader with impeccable communication and influencing abilities and a track record of building strong relationships and leading and influencing change.
We welcome candidates from related sectors and those seeking their first CEO position, and we will offer a comprehensive package of support and personal development to our appointed candidate.
We are an inclusive charity and urge candidates from all communities to consider this opportunity.
Thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to make a real difference in rural communities.
ACRE champions vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive rural communities by finding innovative solutions to their unique challenges. We’re a small charity with a big impact – working closely with government, national partners and our network of 38 county-wide members across England to ensure that no-one in rural areas is disadvantaged by where they live.
I’ve been Chair of ACRE for just over a year and I’ve been hugely impressed by the commitment, passion and expertise of the ACRE team, ably led by Executive Director Richard Quallington, who has decided to step down after 8 years at the helm.
We’re now looking for a new Chief Executive to work closely with me and the Board to help shape ACRE’s future strategy.
You’ll be joining at a critical time in the run-up to the next election when there will be a real opportunity to put the concerns of rural communities firmly on the policy map.
At the same time, you’ll be concerned with delivering for members who are helping rural communities with the very real challenges created by the energy and cost of living crises.
Also, ACRE has just been commissioned by government to deliver a country-wide programme to support the development of rural affordable housing.
Our ideal candidate would have senior-level experience in national policy and/or with a network of autonomous organisations.
Equally at home working closely with the government and with our 38 member organisations across England, you will be a strategic leader with impeccable communication and influencing abilities and a track record of building strong relationships and leading and influencing change.
If that’s you – we’d love to hear from you!
ACRE is a national charity speaking up for and supporting rural communities.
We work to create thriving, inclusive and economically-active rural communities which have the services they need.
We believe no one should be disadvantaged because of where they live.
As the national body of the ACRE Network – England’s largest rural grouping of community support charities – we enable our members to deliver initiatives that equip people with the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to improve their community.
This includes the coordination of nationally funded projects, programmes, and research.
And because we have a close relationship with our members, we have excellent insight into the issues facing rural communities and the changes needed to improve opportunities for everyone in the countryside.
Using evidence captured locally, we work through government departments and with other national stakeholders such as those on the Rural Coalition to make sure policies take into consideration rural community needs and circumstances.
We believe a brighter future is possible. One where all rural communities are well-served, thriving and welcoming places to live and work.
Our vision describes the changes that are needed to make sure no one is disadvantaged because of where they live. Commitments include a dedication to the delivery of affordable homes, support for village halls, improving connectivity and reducing isolation as well as supporting groups to take action on climate change.
It is our view that local communities can be the driving force behind this change — but we also know communities need to be backed by government and have the services they need.
By providing nationwide advocacy, collaborating with our members to support local initiatives and delivering projects and programmes, we are securing a better future for everyone living and working in the countryside.
We do this through:
ACRE is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our staff and trustees and to eliminating unlawful discrimination.
The aim is for all ‘our people’ to be truly representative of all sections of society and our end beneficiaries, and for everyone within the organisation to feel respected and able to give of their best.
ACRE – in providing services – is also committed against unlawful discrimination of service users or members of the public.
As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, ACRE will make reasonable adjustments to support candidates applying for the role of Chief Executive. Our accessibility provisions include:
Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please ensure that your application is emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org inserting “ACRE – Chief Executive” into the subject field.
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:
As a sector-leading executive search consultancy, we know the importance of creating recruitment processes which are fair, inclusive and free from bias. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a process that values differences.
If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification, please let us know.
If you experience any technical or accessibility difficulties, need help making an application, or have any additional support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection process, please let us know.
Recruitment selection processes are based on evidence of competence stated in the person specification and in relation to our values.
Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 11th December 2023
Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 15th December (PM)
First stage interviews: Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December (Virtual)
Second stage interviews: Friday 12th January 2024 (in person at ACRE office)
Peridot and ACRE are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact. The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.