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CEO Caudwell Youth

We’re just beginning our journey… Join us as we move into our next strategic phase of growth, change and evolution… ensuring a brighter future for young people.

  • Location: Remote
  • Salary: c.£80,000
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

About us.

Caudwell Youth mentors at-risk young people aged 11-24 years into new futures. Founded in 2022 by four co-leaders with experience of charity-led mentoring provision and philanthropist John Caudwell, we are determined to ensure that the needs of at-risk young people are properly addressed.

We currently work across Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, filling the gap statutory services cannot meet due to a lack of sufficient resources and overwhelming demand. But with significant ambition to reach at-risk young people across the UK.

About the opportunity.

We now seek a values-led CEO for Caudwell Youth to play a pivotal role in steering the organisation through its next phase of development. This is a hugely exciting and diverse leadership position for a decisive and dynamic style of leader who thrives on organisational growth, building structures and teams.

You will be responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and delivery, providing dynamic leadership throughout the organisation. Although ultimately responsible for effective governance, financial growth and stability, you will work closely with the leadership team, the Chair and Trustees to secure sustainable growth.

As CEO, you will be working with the leadership team, ensuring that the charity’s strategic objectives are met with efficiency and effectiveness and laying down sustainable foundations for ambitious future growth plans. You will ensure that the charity continues to meet the needs of at-risk young people effectively, innovatively, and sustainably.

People are at the heart of our organisation. As a collaborative leader, you will be skilled in working effectively and confidently across a broad range of stakeholders, and crucially, you will continue to develop an ethos for Caudwell Youth with shared values and a positive and inclusive culture where everyone feels valued and respected.

About you.

We are looking for an exceptional and inspirational people leader focused on the mission, vision and values of our organisation. Someone who is able to empower and motivate our skilled and high-performing staff, foster positive working cultures and galvanise the wider team.

We now seek an inclusive and enabling leader; someone entrepreneurial and purpose-driven to lead the charity through this next phase whilst both engaging with and inspiring all of our stakeholders. Acting as an ambassador for the charity, you will advocate for our young people and engage with stakeholders and funders. We want a leader who shares our values, has a vision aligned with our direction of travel and wants to work to build on all that we have achieved so far.

We seek a leader with a proven track record of success within the non-profit or social impact sector, with a connection and an understanding of the complexities and challenges facing young people and a passionate dedication to improving outcomes for those at risk.

With strong commercial acumen and proven experience in growing and developing opportunities and strategic partnerships, you will be ambitious and keen to grow Caudwell Youth whilst remaining committed to the vulnerable young people we support. Your strategic vision will allow the ability to translate passion into measurable impact and ultimately increase our reach.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Clare Chesworth | clarec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158737

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Clare Chesworth

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Welcome from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in the CEO position at Caudwell Youth.

We’re looking for a CEO who shares our values and can drive forward our strategy, working collaboratively with key stakeholders and the Senior Leadership Team in delivering our mission. Our aim is to grow our charity sustainably and responsibly, to become a UK-wide charity that meets the evolving needs of at-risk young people in ways that are effective and life-changing.

It’s an exciting time for the charity, having already supported over 150 young people in our first year. We’re on track to support 265 young people. We’ve expanded into Berkshire and grown our existing areas, building on experiences in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes, moving closer to our vision of reaching every at-risk young person in the UK.

We have a strong Board of 10 Trustees guiding Caudwell Youth with effective governance and resource management. Diverse funding streams, including corporate partnerships, donations, grants, and events, support our mission alongside our founder, John Caudwell’s generous contributions.

But let’s not shy away from the stark realities that underscore our vision:

  • In the UK, 10% of children have diagnosable mental health conditions, with many lacking the support they deserve.
  • 41% of care leavers are not in education, employment or training, a stark contrast to the 12% of their peers. It’s not just a number; it’s potential unfulfilled.
  • The harsh reality is that young people not in education, employment, or training are 5 times more likely to end up entangled in the youth justice system and 3 times more likely to suffer from depression, perpetuating a cycle of despair with long-term health and societal costs.
  • Gang-associated children are 77% more likely to have identified mental health needs and twice as likely to have a history of self-harm. This isn’t just statistics; it’s a human story marked by pain and vulnerability.

Caudwell Youth was founded in 2022 to address these challenges, supporting at-risk youth aged 11-24 with various needs, from mental health to care experience and exploitation.

Our commitment extends further, with our desire to engage with young people, empowering them to take active roles within our charity – ensuring that our work is not only for young people, but led by them.

Debbie Denyer
Chair

About Caudwell Youth

Caudwell Youth mentors at-risk young people aged 11-24 years into new futures. Founded in 2022 by four co-leaders with experience of charity-led mentoring provision and philanthropist John Caudwell, we are determined to ensure that the needs of at-risk young people are properly addressed.

We currently work across Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, filling the gap statutory services cannot meet due to a lack of sufficient resources and overwhelming demand. But with significant ambition to reach at-risk young people across the UK.We work with a multi-agency approach to champion our young people who require more than statutory provision, don’t meet statutory support threshold and require ongoing support. This is provided via our unique 1:1 mentoring programme.

With a 2-year commitment to each young person, we bring positive changes to their lives, showing clear movement towards reducing the risk of exploitation and offending whilst engaging more in their community, bettering their relationships and finances and overcoming personal hurdles.

Our mission for this year is to support 265 at-risk young people, and so far, in 2024 alone, we have received 73 new referrals of support for young people aged 11-24.

Our values

Our values come from years of knowledge and experience within the charity sector and input from our team (as we believe in ensuring everyone has a voice). Our values define who we are as individuals; they guide us in all our decisions and relationships with each other, our young people, volunteers, partners and funders.

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Accessibility information

Caudwell Youth is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to equality of opportunity and providing a service and following practices free from unfair and unlawful discrimination. We will actively support equity, diversity and inclusion and ensure our colleagues and volunteers are valued and treated with dignity and respect. We want to encourage everyone in our charity to reach their potential. All colleagues – whether part-time, full-time, permanent, temporary or contracted – will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion, training, or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability.

Caudwell Youth is committed to ensuring that no person working, volunteering or partnering for or with Caudwell Youth receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of protected characteristics, including age, disability, race, gender, sexuality, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, paternity, parental, carer, religion or belief, sexual orientation or contract type is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be relevant to performance. It is also to ensure that no person is victimised or subjected to any form of bullying or harassment.

To learn more, see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.


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For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Clare Chesworth | clarec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158737

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

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    Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

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    Timetable

    Closing date: By 9 a.m. Tuesday 23rd April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 1st May 2024
    First stage interviews: Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th May 2024
    Stakeholder sessions: Monday 13th May 2024
    Second stage interviews: Thursday 16th May 2024


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