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Chief Executive – Stonewall Housing

Stonewall Housing

We are looking to appoint a progressive chief executive who will lead Stonewall Housing’s next exciting chapter. You will drive new income streams and spearhead new ways of working, while leading our motivated team through a period of change and transformation.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £60K - £70K

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Join Stonewall Housing as their new CEO!

Since we were established in 1983, we’ve helped tens of thousands of LGBT+ people to find safe and secure homes. Every day, we continue to do this by delivering a free, confidential housing advice helpline to all ages, providing supported housing to over 40 young people, and holding drop-in housing advice surgeries.

LGBT+ people today continue to face insecure and unsafe housing and we are experiencing a rise in demand. We continue to pioneer new solutions to support more people who are in need. We provide training to hundreds of organisations and housing providers nationwide, using the knowledge we’ve gathered from over 35 years of delivering services to the LGBT+ community.

Over the last year, we provided direct service provision for 919 diverse LGBT+ people across our services. As 36% of our service users describe themselves as having a mental health related disability we are continuing to increase our services and projects in this area, and we continually seek to find new ways to support our community.

With this in mind, we are looking to appoint a progressive Chief Executive who will lead Stonewall Housing’s next exciting chapter. You will possess exceptional strategic, entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills, and the ability to drive new income streams and spearhead new ways of working.

Our next Chief Executive will be inspiring, commercial and enterprising and will lead our motivated team through a period of change and development. You will be an empowering leader who can get the most from our dedicated, capable and enthusiastic team. Financially astute you will have a collaborative approach to developing and sustaining partnerships and corporate relationships. This will ensure our organisation thrives into the future and is able to support more LGBT+ people to find safe and secure places to live.

This is an exceptional opportunity to act as a catalyst to deliver change and transformation in a well-established and respected organisation which delivers real impact for LGBT+ people.

If you would like a conversation about the role please contact our advising consultants:

Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Jennifer Horan on 07519 070497 or jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

The closing date is Monday 30th September 2019.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear Candidate,

Shocking as it may seem even in in 2019, some people have no safe home because they are LGBT+.

Stonewall Housing is a pioneering charity which provides a lifeline to over 1000 LGBT + people every year, changing and often saving lives. We do this by providing specialist comprehensive housing advice, advocacy and supported housing to members of the LGBT+ community, many of whom have suffered physical, emotional or domestic abuse and some of whom experience mental health issues or physical disabilities.

Stonewall Housing was established over 35 years ago and is highly respected for our specialist contributions to housing policy, expert training and our collaborative working with partners including AKT, The Outside Project, GALOP and St Mungo’s.

We are now looking for an inspiring, enterprising and committed individual as chief executive to lead Stonewall Housing into the next phase of its development and growth.

Stonewall Housing is shifting gear from being a mainly public sector grant-funded organisation to a more resilient mixed economy, seeking funding from corporate and philanthropic partners, traded services and individual donations as well as contracts with central and local government.

We have already embarked on this journey and earlier this year have applied for a registered charity arm and entered into a partnership with other LGBT+ charities for collaborative working and increased efficiencies.

We’re looking for someone who has deep and authoritative insight into current issues faced by the LGBT+ community, experience of leading and empowering a team, proactive engagement with corporate, voluntary and public sector stakeholders, implementing organisational strategy, overseeing key functions and regular reporting to the board.

You should be comfortable with charity accounting, astute at setting and managing a budget and have a working knowledge of safeguarding procedures as they apply to our service users who are adults of all ages.

You will need to demonstrate an ability to raise funds from a variety of corporate, philanthropic and governmental sources and develop and implement a plan for sustainable business growth and financial resilience. As part of this, the chief executive will need to increase brand awareness and share our vision more widely, putting our service users’ needs at the forefront of everything we do.

If you have the skills, experience, passion and drive to take us into the next stage of our journey we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Helen Randall
Chair of Trustees

We were created by members of our community to offer supported housing for young LGBT+ people who had to leave their family home. Since then we’ve helped tens of thousands of people to find safe and secure homes.


Since we were established in 1983, we’ve helped tens of thousands of LGBT+ people to find safe and secure homes. Every day, we continue to do this by:

  • providing supported housing to over 40 young people;
  • delivering a free, confidential housing advice helpline to people of all ages;
  • holding drop-in housing advice surgeries for LGBT+ people;
  • delivering specialist and awareness training for social housing staff and tenants;
  • providing consultancy and information to other agencies about LGBT+ housing issues
  • providing support services to individuals and other agencies on a sub-contract basis;
  • lobbying and campaigning for the housing rights of LGBT+ people

Nearly 80% of Stonewall Housing’s service users are from black, Asian and ethnic minorities, 18% identify as trans and 50% identify as having a disability and we continue to pioneer services for our community.

At present, Stonewall Housing provides support in six houses, mainly arranged in cluster flats for 2-3 people housing 41 young people; these include a black and ethnic minority house, one women-only house, one men-only house. They are situated in the London Boroughs of Hackney, Islington, Haringey and Newham. We also deliver floating support to clients in Haringey and in two houses developed with St. Mungo’s in Newham.

Our Initiatives and Partnerships

Last year, we participated in a number of partnership initiatives including:

  • LGBT Jigsaw, delivering tailored support for 18-25 year olds in housing crisis;
  • LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership, delivering substantial, co-ordinated specialist domestic abuse support;
  • Older LGBT Housing Group, developing resources and piloting charter mark of older people’s services to ensure they meet the needs of older LGBT people;
  • National LGB&T Partnership, reducing health inequalities and challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphonbia within public services;
  • London LGBT Narrative Project, collating a picture of LGBT+ need across London.

To learn more about our projects please click here



Stonewall Housing is a Charitable Housing Association registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

A voluntary Board of Trustees is elected each year and is responsible for overall supervision and direction of the organisation and maintaining management standards. The Committee meets every two months.

The organisation currently has a staff establishment of 17. A copy of the organisational structure chart is below.

The central office is in Islington, London. Stonewall Housing has no formal connection with the Stonewall Lobbying Group.

More information:
Our Growth Strategy 2017-2020
Our Organisational Structure
Our Website
Our Board
Our 2017-18 Accounts

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk 

To apply, please submit a comprehensive CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be no more than two pages of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Chief Executive, Stonewall Housing” into the subject field.

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


Closing date: Monday 30th September 2019
Preliminary interviews: Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October 2019
Final interviews & assessments: Monday 21st October and Thursday 24th October (two on each date)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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