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Chief Executive Officer Stonewall

Are you seeking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a global impact for LGBTQ+ people?

  • Location: Hybrid / National (UK)
  • Salary: c.£110,000 depending on experience + plus benefits
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

About us

Stonewall is a human rights charity. We stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. We imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and we can live our lives to the full.

Over the last 30 years, we have helped create transformative change in the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the UK and across the world. Our campaigns drive positive change in public attitudes and public policy. We ensure LGBTQ+ people can thrive throughout our lives by building deep, sustained change programmes with the institutions that have the biggest impact on us, whether we’re learning, working, praying or playing sports.

The role

This is a strategic and highly visible role and involves working to influence public policy and societal attitudes, setting the tone and direction for the agenda of LGBTQ+ rights. You will achieve this through engaging in extensive networking and providing visionary leadership, to create meaningful and lasting change for LGBTQ+ people. This includes campaigning and influencing to affect policy and legislative changes, building lasting relationships with key supporters, donors and partners that we work with, as well as working with others from across the LGBTQ+ rights and human rights movement. Importantly, you will foster a culture of inclusivity, and drive operational excellence across all facets of the organisation.

About you

You will be an inspirational, energetic, resilient leader, with previous experience of having worked as Chief Executive or senior leader in the field of policy, influencing and social justice. As an experienced influencer and exceptional communicator, you will have presented organisations professionally and powerfully to a range of audiences including the media, funders, civil society members, political figures and influencers across the UK and in local government, as well as clients and partners and the business community.

You will come with a commitment to — and ability to— role model our vision, purpose and values, and to LGBTQ+ rights and our approach to race equity and trans inclusion. Equally, you will understand and be aware of intersections of oppression and an understanding of power and privilege in the workplace. Crucially you will be able to energise and develop a smart, driven team, and continue a process of organisational evolution and strengthening.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people of colour, trans and non-binary people and disabled people, who are currently under-represented in our Senior Leadership Team.


If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity, you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call:

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

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

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Dear applicant,

As Chair of Stonewall and on behalf of our Board of Trustees, thank you for your interest in applying to become our next Chief Executive.

At Stonewall, we stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. We imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and we can live our lives to the full. Our campaigns drive positive change in public attitudes and public policy. We ensure LGBTQ+ people can thrive throughout our lives by building deep, sustained change programmes with the institutions that have the biggest impact on us. We achieve progress by working as part of a vibrant global movement for change, made up of LGBTQ+ people, our allies, families and friends.

We were founded in 1989 by a small group of people who had been active in the struggle against Section 28. They knew our communities needed a professional campaigning organisation that would fight for our rights in politics, in the media, in the courts and everywhere we learn, work, pray and just exist

We have travelled a path since Section 28 – to a country where almost every child learns about our lives, families and relationships as part of the national curriculum. Today, we have equal rights to love, marry and have children. Not only are we protected from discrimination at work – we are actively celebrated and supported to thrive in many workplaces.

Yet, our communities face rising hate and violence, degrading our hard-won rights – across the UK, and across the world. And we’ve seen progress slow on LGBTQ+ rights. It is only eight years since the UK’s legal framework for LGBTQ+ rights was recognised as the most effective in Europe. But years of delays and u-turns on vital policy issues have seen us slipping steadily down the rankings for LGBTQ+ rights. This has got to change.

We are ambitious about our communities. And our job is to unlock that ambition and support among the governments, public services and employers that can make a difference to LGBTQ+ people’s freedom, equity and potential. We need to stand tall to the hostility, cut through the complacency and do brilliant work to get LGBTQ+ rights back on track. We are fortunate to work with fantastic supporters, partners, clients and stakeholders, and we need to nurture and grow our relationships to have the most powerful impact.

Do you share our ambitions for LGBTQ+ people? Are you an inspirational, energetic, resilient leader with experience in making an impact through campaigns, human rights advocacy and relationships with businesses and employers? Are you an experienced influencer who can work well collaboratively with other leaders in a movement? Do you have the organisational leadership experience to energise and develop a smart, driven team, and continue a process of organisational strengthening?

If this sounds like you, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a global impact for LGBTQ+ people. I strongly encourage you to apply, and particularly welcome applications from women, people of colour, trans and non-binary people and disabled people, who are currently under-represented in our Senior Leadership Team.

Catherine Dixon (she/her)
Chair of Trustees, Stonewall

About Stonewall

Stonewall takes its name from the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York, spearheaded by lesbians and trans women of colour including Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Riviera and Stormé DeLarverie. While they are often at the forefront of social change, women of colour are rarely given due credit for their contribution to the contemporary LGBTQ+ movement.

We were founded on 24 May 1989, one year to the day since Section 28 became law. Section 28 of the Local Government Act was a piece of legislation that banned the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ by schools and councils across Britain, and led to a total suppression of LGBTQ+ identities in schools.

Our founders were a small group of people who had been active in the struggle against Section 28. They knew our communities needed a professional campaigning organisation who would fight for our rights in politics, in the media, in the courts and everywhere we learn, work, pray and just exist.

We have been part of every major fight for LGBTQ+ rights since 1989, including: an equal age of consent for gay and bi men, the end of Section 28 in Scotland and England and Wales, same-sex couples becoming free to adopt children, LGBTQ+ people becoming free to serve openly in the Armed Forces, protection from discrimination at work, the right for same sex-couples to have civil partnerships, for LGBTQ+ couples to be legally recognised as parents, the right for same-sex couples to get married, and getting LGBTQ-inclusive teaching in the national curriculum.

We’re also proud of our work with thousands of people every year to fight to make their community – whether village or city, school or university, bank or charity, sport club or faith community – a place where LGBTQ+ people can thrive.

Since 2000 we’ve worked with thousands of the UK and the world’s leading employers through our Diversity Champions programme and our Workplace Empowerment programme. We’re proud to see so many more LGBTQ+ people celebrated and supported at work.

Our work spans across the UK with our teams in the devolved nations working in partnership with other civil society organizations to bring about positive change. Our global work seeks to support initiatives to tackle hate crime and to create change for LGBTQ+ communities across the globe.

And through the Rainbow Laces campaign, which started in 2013, more than a million LGBTQ+ people and allies have laced up to make sport everyone’s game. The Rainbow Laces campaign has led to sport bodies from the Premier League to community cricket clubs working with us to make LGBTQ+ inclusion a reality on their playing fields.

We see the impact of our programmes in the LGBTQ+ people who are proud and assured in who they are and are in themselves, who feel valued and included and able to thrive, and champion the rights of others in our community.

Learn more about Stonewall

Accessibility information

We strive for an environment where there’s a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, and we work hard to accommodate access needs. If you have any access needs and require reasonable adjustments, please contact Peridot in confidence.

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.
  • 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.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: By 9 a.m. Wednesday 10th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 18th April 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 24th (AM only) and Thursday 25th April 2024
    Second stage interviews: Friday 10th May 2024


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