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Chief Executive Cambridgeshire ACRE

Join Cambridgeshire ACRE as the Chief Executive and develop their strategic plan adapting to the ever-changing needs of their communities.

  • Location: Home working with expectations of regular travel within Cambridgeshire and occasional travel beyond
  • Salary: £50,000 - £60,000
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

Established in 1924, Cambridgeshire ACRE is a charity that works alongside the rural communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We exist to drive positive change and work with others to improve the lives of those who live and work in rural communities.

Our charity is deeply embedded in rural community life. We focus on supporting volunteers to lead community projects, bringing local organisations together to drive meaningful change and amplifying the voices of our parish and community members. With our support, residents, groups and partners can seize opportunities and realise their aspirations to improve the places, services and facilities that are important to them.

About the role

Our outgoing Chief Executive has provided us with 25+ years of excellent service, and we are now seeking a new Chief Executive to support us through our centenary year and beyond.

It’s a wonderful time to join us. We benefit from an excellent team, which we have recently grown, stable finances, a diverse range of projects and an excellent reputation based on delivering impactful work for our communities for the last century.

Front L-R Julie Spence Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and Cambs ACRE President with Kirsten Bennett Chief Executive and Annie Blair Chairperson and Trustee raising a toast to Cambs ACRE to celebrate the start of their 100th year December 05 2023 Matthew Power Photography www.matthewpowerphotography.co.uk 07969 088655 matthew@matthewpowerphotography.co.uk @mpowerphoto

Who we are looking for

Our new Chief Executive will have the opportunity to develop a new strategic plan. Within this plan, we will continue to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our communities, support them through the cost of living crisis and continue our partnerships with our local and national authorities. It will also be critical to keep a close watch on all funding streams, their viability and our financial sustainability.

Our next Chief Executive must be an excellent communicator with strong emotional intelligence and a desire to actively build partnerships within the community. Experience in income generation, delivering projects to excellent standards and leading happy, high-performing teams will be essential.

We welcome applications from an ambitious and aspiring leader from across the private, public and voluntary sectors who we are open to support in their first Chief Executive position.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are important to us; we welcome all candidates to consider this role, especially those from communities traditionally underrepresented in leadership. We are open to discussing any barriers that might exist and will remove them where possible.


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

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming the next Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire ACRE.

Cambridgeshire ACRE plays a vital role in supporting rural communities across the county. The majority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s population lives in rural communities, and our vision is to see these communities thrive and grow.

This year, Cambridgeshire ACRE celebrates the remarkable achievement of supporting rural communities across the county for 100 years. Our staff and trustees have been working together to ensure that this landmark is recognised and celebrated throughout 2024.

Standing alongside Cambridgeshire’s rural residents, we seek to bring about social, environmental, and economic change for the good of communities, supporting community-led action and strong local governance. We strive to involve all our members, partners, volunteers and supporters in making sure that our strategies, policies, and work remain innovative and above all, relevant for supporting Cambridgeshire’s rural communities with the opportunities and challenges they face.

We are members of the ACRE Network of 38 local development charities that influence rural issues and deliver rural projects across England. This network works together to evidence need, inform, and influence at a national level, speaking up as the voice of rural communities across England to help address market failures that impact living and working in these areas.

Our staff make this happen. We are a diverse and friendly team. We are looking for someone who shares our sense of purpose and passion.

If you feel you have the right approach, relevant experience, knowledge, and awareness of rural communities, can drive positive change, and wish to work with others to improve lives in rural communities, we would love to hear from you.

Annie Blair
Chair of Trustees

Cambs ACRE reptile training workshop. Joe Presland from Green Willows Assoc. leads the hunt for reptiles. September 17 2022 Matthew Power Photography www.matthewpowerphotography.co.uk 07969 088655 matthew@matthewpowerphotography.co.uk @mpowerphoto

About Cambridgeshire ACRE

Established in 1924, Cambridgeshire ACRE is a charity that works alongside the rural communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We help them take action to make positive changes to their local neighbourhoods.

Whether it’s supporting volunteers to lead community projects, bringing local organisations together to drive meaningful change or amplifying the voices of our parish and community members, our charity is deeply embedded in rural community life.

With our support, residents, groups and partners can seize opportunities and realise their aspirations to improve the places, services and facilities that are important to them.

Our mission

To drive positive change and work with others to improve the lives of those who live and work in rural communities.

Our vision

Thriving rural communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Rachael, Senior Community Development Officer

Don’t just take our word for it. Here, Rachael, our Senior Community Development Officer, explains why you should consider working for Cambridgeshire ACRE.

Why would you recommend that people apply for a job at Cambridgeshire ACRE?

Working at Cambridgeshire ACRE will give you a rewarding job; friendly & supportive colleagues and a flexible working life.

What attracted you to apply for a job at Cambridgeshire ACRE?

The job I applied for combined two of my skills – gardening and teaching. Cambridgeshire ACRE supported me to get back into the world of work after taking 10 years out to raise a family.

What are the aspects of your job that you enjoy most?

I get huge enjoyment out of working with people. It is great being able to give somebody the information and support they need to enable them to achieve something in their community. I love working with volunteers – I am always amazed at their generosity of spirit, and they make me laugh in so many ways.

There are great people out there and this job helps you to connect with them. I feel I am trusted to manage the development and delivery of work programmes and like finding interesting and creative ways to solve the challenges this presents.

What opportunities have there been for you to develop your skills and experience whilst working for the organisation?

Cambridgeshire ACRE gives me such a wide variety of work that my knowledge, skills and experience are constantly growing. I am supported to develop missing skills and identify training needs. I have received a wide range of training including community development theory, filmmaking, volunteer management and use of social media. Staff are always happy to share their skills and experience. It is a friendly place to work.

Lisa, Community Development Officer

Don’t just take our word for it. Here, Lisa, our Community Development Officer, explains why you should consider working for Cambridgeshire ACRE.

Why would you recommend that people apply for a job at Cambridgeshire ACRE?

Applying for a job with Cambridgeshire ACRE is a great opportunity to work for an organisation committed to rural community development enabling you to directly make a difference in people’s lives. The Charity is well respected in the voluntary sector and has a long history of supporting communities. I have found the organisation to be a very responsive employer that has supported me to grow and improve in my role.

What attracted you to apply for a job at Cambridgeshire ACRE?

I was looking for a job where I could work closely with communities. Cambridgeshire ACRE has a long and trusted history of working effectively with parishes, local charities and community groups. They are well-known and respected in the voluntary sector.

What are the aspects of your job that you enjoy most?

My work is varied and I enjoy being involved in several different projects at a time. At the root of all our work is being able to help and support communities and families which gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

Community development has taught me you need to be adaptable to any situation; no two communities are alike and you need to be able to respond positively and proactively to get the very best out of people.

What opportunities have there been for you to develop your skills and experience whilst working for the organisation?

I have been able to increase my skill level and knowledge by working across different community development projects. This has been enhanced by attending training events, as well as self-directed learning. The annual performance review process allows time to reflect and set new challenges, so you continue to grow in your role.

Toby, Digital Marketing Degree Apprentice

Don’t just take our word for it. Here, Toby, our Digital Marketing Degree Apprentice, explains why you should consider working for Cambridgeshire ACRE.

Why would you recommend that people apply for a job at Cambridgeshire ACRE?

If you’re looking for a flexible, friendly and engaging charity to work for, then Cambridgeshire ACRE sits high on the list. Based on the two years I have now worked for the charity, I can say that I have enjoyed every day of it. There is always something different to do, and always something new to work towards.

What attracted you to apply for a job at Cambridgeshire ACRE?

I was initially searching for Marketing roles within

Cambridgeshire, I had not even considered a degree apprenticeship until I found the role Cambridgeshire ACRE was advertising. Upon conducting research on both Cambridgeshire ACRE and degree apprenticeships themselves, I quickly realised that this would be the best opportunity to gain workplace experience as well as spend time studying.

What are the aspects of your job that you enjoy most?

I think the most enjoyable aspect is the flexibility that remote working

offers. Even though I am an apprentice, there is a high level of independence that comes with my role, which I love.

What opportunities have there been for you to develop your skills and experience whilst working for the organisation?

For me, the main opportunity is the Bachelor’s degree I will gain through

completing my apprenticeship. In the workplace, I think the opportunity to gain real-life experience through collaborating with colleagues and other organisations has accelerated my skills development. Working with

more experienced colleagues on different projects has allowed me to apply my university learning to real life scenarios and mentoring from those I am working with is allowing me to refine my skills and to bring greater insights into my university work.

Accessibility information

Cambs ACRE stock shots of Gt Staughton. September 13 2022 Matthew Power Photography www.matthewpowerphotography.co.uk 07969 088655 matthew@matthewpowerphotography.co.uk @mpowerphoto

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

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.

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

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 1st April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 5th April 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th April 2024
    Second stage interviews: Monday 22nd April 2024


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