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Chief Executive | Yellow Door

Are you an inspirational people leader within a health or social care environment, with a passion for driving and delivering exceptional quality and services in a person-centred multi-disciplinary organisation? If so this could be just the role for you.

  • Location: Southampton, Hampshire
  • Salary: £47,000 - £55,000, depending on experience

About the role

Yellow Door is a dynamic, person-centred charity based in Southampton providing a wide range of highly specialist services for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse (DSA). We offer free specialist therapeutic therapy, outreach, prevention, advocacy and support services across Southampton and Western Hampshire and our strong values underpin absolutely everything we do.

Established in 1985, Yellow Door is a friendly, non-judgmental charity and a Centre of expertise in our field. Following the transfer of Southampton Women’s Aid in April last year, our teams have successfully merged into one specialist charity committed to preventing and responding to domestic and sexual abuse; further strengthening our services for our diverse local communities and our dedicated board of trustees.

With our current Chief Executive, Jo Pearce, moving into a consultancy role for Yellow Door at the end of the year, we are now looking for a new Chief Executive to build on the tremendous success of Yellow Door and take us forward on the next exciting stage of our journey.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for an inspiring, empathetic and people-focused individual to lead our highly qualified, skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team. Our CEO will be credible in the topics and issues of DSA in a wide range of situations and work with the Senior Management Team and the Board of Trustees to shape our future plans, delivering sustainable growth and quality.

You will be a strategic leader in a people-focused organisation, passionate about championing the safeguarding and involvement of the people we support throughout the organisation, and in society.

You will have strong communication skills and be a convincing and compelling external advocate for Yellow Door; liaising with external organisations and developing lasting relationships along the way with a multitude of stakeholders.

With well-honed strategic skills, you will also anticipate new opportunities for Yellow Door, forecast and plan ahead. Commercial and financial acumen will be essential. The capability to apply these with an approach to risk management that gives momentum to retaining and developing new business is a key component, whilst always ensuring quality, innovation and continuous service improvement.

You will inspire and motivate staff through dynamic leadership; transforming Yellow Door through a pivotal time whilst retaining high quality service delivery.

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935 068

Closing date: 9am, Monday 30th November 2020

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Welcome from Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sarah Hartley

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming Yellow Door’s Chief Executive.

It has been one of the privileges of my life to have been a volunteer in various roles for Yellow Door for more than 25 years. I am honoured to be the Chair of the Board of Trustees at this point of evolution for the service. We have a strong and committed Board bringing experience and skills to inform the process, a committed and professional staff team, a well-managed volunteer group and an excellent reputation.

We are approaching this transition with careful planning and a willingness to embrace the opportunities that a succession in CEO brings. One of the things that is central to the success of Yellow Door is the organisation’s ability to thrive with change whilst maintaining our core values of providing a compassionate, specialist and quality coherent suite of services in the Southampton area.

Within our staff and volunteer team, we have colleagues who have been with our service for many years and a key commitment to invest in people and “grow our own.” In addition, our open, friendly and professional team are always supportive of new colleagues as we continue to grow our staff and volunteer group and welcome them into our dynamic organisation.

Our focus on trauma informed services is very important to us and it is a real pity that – due to current restrictions – you will not be able to visit our beautiful house in person. When we outgrew our last premises, the feedback we received from young people was that they loved our last place because of the homely, non-institutional feel.

We have sought to ensure that our premises reflect the value we place on the people who use and provide our services, and we have an elegant house in a quiet area close to one of the main high streets in the City. Using our large private garden is one of the ways we have been able to continue to provide Covid-19 secure services to those people who have not been able to engage with the majority of our service provision currently being online/by phone.

Southampton has a diverse population and it is important to us to ensure that we can offer responsive services to everyone who needs our support. We act on our belief that differing perspectives and diversity within our staff and volunteer teams adds to our strength, and is key to our ability to respond creatively and thoughtfully to the needs of people who use our services and the requirement to ensure our services remain effective.

If you think you could be the person to lead us into the next stage of our journey, we look forward to hearing from you,

Sarah Hartley
Chair of the Board of Trustees

About Yellow Door

Our values:

  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Compassion
  • Quality of opportunity
  • Social justice
  • Consultation
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity and inclusion

Our mission:

We believe that everyone has the right never to be forced or manipulated into any kind of sexual activity.

We believe that society, community and organisations have a responsibility to:

  • Work together towards preventing sexual and domestic abuse and exploitation through education, awareness and support.
  • Provide appropriate help to support the health and well-being of those affected by sexual and domestic abuse.

We aim to:

  • Be professional, ethical, thoughtful and compassionate in our approach.
  • Value diversity and be accessible, inclusive and accepting.
  • Provide confidentiality whilst also considering safeguarding responsibilities.
  • Strive for excellence, through our collective dedication, creativity and commitment.

 Our services:

Helpline and calls:

This was the very first service provided by Yellow Door when it was established 35 years ago. It continues to provide a ring-fenced time when anyone impacted by sexual violence or abuse can call and talk confidentially to a suitably trained and experienced worker.

Our team also handle calls throughout the week; offering information, advice, signposting and emotional help to those who have experienced sexual violence as well as to the friends, family and professionals who are supporting them.

PIPPA Single Point of Contact:

In addition to the above calls, Yellow Door takes responsibility for co-staffing the Prevention, Intervention and Public Protection Alliance (PIPPA) telephone line alongside our colleagues in the Southampton City Council Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) team.

This line is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and provides a single point of contact for both public and professionals in need of Domestic and Sexual Abuse support, advice, safety information or referral to appropriate local services.

Calls to PIPPA show a 40% increase and a 99% increase in onward referrals compared to 2018/19.

Adult Therapeutic Services

Specialist therapeutic services can help those who have experienced interpersonal abuse or violence to process and manage the impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing. For adults 19+ we provide individual and group therapy options as appropriate.

Young People’s Therapeutic Services

Our Therapeutic Services for Children and Young People provides specialist support in a safe space for young people who have been affected by abuse. This includes individual face to face counselling, outreach interventions and group therapies.

Family Services

At Yellow Door we know that Domestic and Sexual abuse (DSA) affects not only the individual, but can also impact the dynamics of an entire family. Our Family Services can offer Family Therapy sessions or briefer and needs led Family Support interventions.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

Our ISVA team offers emotional and practical support to adults and young people aged 11+ following rape or sexual violence. ISVAs offer information and advice about next steps following a rape/assault and work closely alongside the Hampshire Constabulary’s Amberstone and Child Abuse Investigation Teams to support those who choose to report with managing what can be a lengthy and protracted criminal justice process.

Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Service (DIA)

The DIA Service works to help people impacted by or at risk from abuse address particular risks or overcome barriers to accessing the help they need.

These may be for example related to financial hardship, immigration status, trafficking, learning or physical disabilities, faith or culture, sexuality or gender identity, language or communication needs.

The DIA team also engage with community groups to cascade awareness of rights, the law and how to get help to all those who need it, particularly those who may be marginalised or excluded from mainstream communications or who may not consider the available help as relevant to them.

STAR Project

STAR works in mainstream and alternative education settings, youth centres, colleges, universities and other youth environments, engaging children and young people in conversations about safety and healthy relationships.

We deliver creative and tailored workshops that focus on consent, sexting, sexual exploitation, cyber bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem and internet safety.

Additionally, STAR acts as a gateway to support for many children and young people who have subsequently accessed other Yellow Door & partner services.

Domestic Abuse Team

On 1st April 2020 the work of Southampton Women’s Aid transferred into Yellow Door as part of the merger.

The experienced team of three transferred across and continued to deliver their services including one to one work and groups working alongside other Yellow Door project streams particularly the Diversity and Inclusion team where there has been joint working.


Yellow Door along with Aurora New Dawn were part of the Pathfinder pilot; a joint project with Standing Together, IRISi, Against Violence & Abuse, SafeLives and Imkaan.

Two dedicated workers were recruited who were placed in each of Yellow Door and Aurora New Dawn, to work specifically with mental health services to provide training for practitioners and advocacy support for clients who have experienced DSA in Southampton.

Community Outreach, Training and Consultancy

Yellow Door’s staff and volunteers continue to engage widely with the community and other professionals throughout the region to raise awareness of domestic and sexual abuse, as well as other related topics.

Volunteering and Involvement

Following a successful grant through National Lottery we were able in April 2019 to recruit a Volunteer and Involvement Coordinator post; dedicated to oversee the recruitment, training, retention, and development of Yellow Door volunteers.

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    Yellow Door is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 30th November 2020
    Longlist review: Friday 4th December (TBC)
    Preliminary interviews: w/c Monday 7th December (TBC)
    Informal staff/trustee meetings: w/c Monday 14th December (TBC)
    Final interviews: Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd or Wednesday 23rd December (TBC)

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    We treat all job applicants equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We do this by ensuring that we operate an open and fair recruitment process, and making decisions using selection criteria which do not discriminate. We will take every possible step to ensure that employees and volunteers are treated fairly, with the aim of creating a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that is free of discrimination and promotes dignity, equality and diversity.

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