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Chief Executive Officer Involve Kent

Involve Kent is looking for a dynamic and inspiring Chief Executive Officer to lead us on the next exciting stage of our journey. We are rapidly growing; we will turnover nearly £6 million this year and have 145 staff, so we need someone who can build on and accelerate that success.

  • Location: Involve Head Office in Maidstone, Kent, with travel to other Involve sites. (Hybrid working is available based on the needs of the organisation)
  • Salary: £85k+

We are seeking an outstanding leader who meets the job specification for this position. We are particularly keen to hear from experienced candidates who:

  • Have a burning desire to improve health and happiness of diverse communities through the leadership of effective and non-judgemental services.
  • Are fleet of foot and able to identify opportunities to continue to evolve and grow Involve in line with its newly agreed strategy.
  • Combine outstanding leadership skills with exceptional business acumen.
  • Are committed to principled and ethical leadership.
  • Have courage and experience of innovating in new and uncharted areas securing new and creative funding opportunities to help us reach even further.
  • Are exceptional communicators who can inspire others with a real passion for equality and inclusivity in everything they do.

You will have passion and flare that will align to what we do – promote choice, connect people and challenge inequalities.

If you are passionate about ensuring healthier, happier lives, and have the skills and experience we are looking for, we would love to hear from you.

Who we are

Involve Kent is a charity providing vital community services and activities for people to improve health and wellbeing, empowering people and communities to live well and tackling the root causes of ill health including isolation, loneliness, disadvantage and frailty.

First established in 1975 to develop volunteering and communities, we are now leaders in social prescribing and other innovative approaches to improve wellbeing in communities.

We are ambitious about the impact we can have on health, and seek parity of esteem between social and clinical interventions.

We believe age is not a barrier to good health, and we work to the World Health Organisation definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

As we prepare to launch our new and ambitious strategy, ‘Building healthy, connected people and communities’, we are seeking an equally ambitious Chief Executive to lead us forward to the next exciting chapter.

The role

Our Chief Executive will be an inspiring people leader, with a demonstrable leadership track record in a relevant voluntary sector or health/social care environment of similar scale and complexity.

You will be experienced in leading multidisciplinary, geographically dispersed teams and services, and bring a successful track record in developing high performing and motivated teams of staff and volunteers.

It is critical that our CEO maintains, builds and expands effective networks with Involve Kent’s stakeholders, while acting as key spokesperson, ambassador and advocate for the organisation and for the communities we support.

You will have the confidence and credibility to drive new opportunities, constantly horizon scanning and responding to the needs of our community. In addition, you will have experience of strategy development, strong financial acumen and direct experience of income generation and diversification.

Involve Kent needs a passionate, committed and dedicated leader who can respond and deliver in a complex and challenging landscape. Above all else, you will be intrinsically values-driven and committed to our organisational values.

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

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

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

Lucy Mavers Head of Not-for-Profit Practice Peridot Partners

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Welcome from Richard Leicester, Chair

Thank you for your interest in our Chief Executive Officer vacancy here at Involve Kent. I am delighted that you have taken the time to find out more about our truly unique organisation. Involve helps so many people in so many ways and we are made up of staff and volunteers who are passionate about making a real difference to all who use our services.

Our organisation has a great reputation, is innovative and we have big ambitions. We have seen sustained and diverse growth over recent years and we continue to strive towards our clearly defined strategic ambitions of promoting choice, connecting people and challenging inequalities.

We are seeking to appoint an individual who shares our values and ambition – someone who is committed to delivering our well-defined strategy and who will build on the great foundations already in place by developing and enhancing this further. This is the perfect role for someone who is committed to inclusive, supportive and people-centred leadership.

You will share our values and will have substantial experience of fostering a culture of creativity and innovation in a rapidly growing organisation. Previous experience of driving change, developing and increasing services and of taking strategically considered risks is essential. In addition, you will have a significant track record of leading income generation, business development and fundraising strategies which have secured long term financial sustainability and growth.

This opportunity is ideal for an individual who can demonstrate substantial experience of developing partnerships which have led to growth in a similar environment. You will be joining an organisation with a dynamic, strategic board which has fostered a culture enabling significant diversification and growth.

If you are an experienced leader who is innovative, passionate about people and committed to our vision then we would love to hear from you.

Richard Leicester
Chair, Involve Kent

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

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

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

Our vision

Healthy, connected people and communities.


Our mission

To improve health;

  1. Promoting choice.
  2. Connecting people.
  3. Challenging inequalities.

Our values

  1. Excellence, rigour and integrity; striving for the highest standards.
  2. Innovation, learning and continuously improving.
  3. ‘Can do’ approach- flexible, positive, responsive and agile.
  4. Valuing difference with a ‘whole person’ approach, recognising diverse strengths and building resilience.
  5. People first- responding with care and compassion to all.

Our core outcomes for people

This year we supported over 30,000 people to achieve improvements in personal, self-reported quality of life measures:

  1. Happiness.
  2. Life satisfaction.
  3. Life worthwhileness.
  4. Anxiety.
  5. Loneliness.
  6. Physical activity levels.
  7. Health.
  8. Problem solving.

Our core services to deliver this

  1. Navigation and social prescribing; short-term services building skills, confidence, resilience and linking people to groups, services and support.
  2. Personalisation and practical help; transport, handyperson, direct payments, personal health budgets, care coordination, community crisis vouchers and brokerage of care and support.
  3. Community wellbeing; groups, activities and services to promote inclusion and independence and prevent frailty and health decline, evidence-based (nature/food/activity/social/purpose and belonging.)

Our approach

  1. Sharing knowledge, information and research to empower people and organisations in ‘what works’ to improve health, wellbeing and longevity.
  2. Providing personalised support to people, especially people who are socially isolated and/or with complex lives to enable them to access services and support to improve their health, both clinical and community-based.
  3. Working with community partners (VCSE) to enable greater access for more people to nature, nutritious food, physical activity, social contact and community belonging.
  4. Working in partnership with NHS, governmental and independent organisations to drive integration and collaboration to reduce health inequalities.
  5. Targeting people living in deprived areas, people who have experienced childhood adversity and other risk factors for poor health and lower life expectancy, proactively reaching out and engaging people on their terms.
  6. Developing and improving services for children, young people and families to break the intergenerational links of ill health and adversity.

Strategic opportunities we embrace

  1. NHS personalised care, including social prescribing in over 100 GP surgeries and personal health budgets.
  2. The prevention agenda in health and social care including health inequalities and development of integrated care boards, for example Core20PLUS5.
  3. Children and young people’s health and wellbeing – recognition investment and change is needed.
  4. Initiatives to address wider social issues and inequality, eg inflation and the ‘levelling up’ agenda.

Additional information

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

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

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249


Involve Kent is an inclusive organisation and we are proud to value difference and promote equality and diversity in everything we do.

If you require any reasonable adjustments for any part of the recruitment process, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

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

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

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

    Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 27th February 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 3rd March 2023
    First stage interviews: Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th March 2023
    Shortlist decision: Friday 10th March 2023
    Assessment activities: Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th March 2023
    Final panel interviews: Wednesday 15th March 2023

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