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Chief Executive – Surrey Care Trust

Surrey Care Trust

We're looking for an adaptable and agile leader who can demonstrate a strong track record in an organisation delivering commissioned services and has developed effective and close working partnerships with commissioners.

  • Location: Woking
  • Salary: £50k - £60k

About the role

Surrey Care Trust is a local charity which improves skills for life, work and learning through mentoring, counselling and education. With a dedicated home-based staff and volunteer team we provide one-to-one programmes which support 3,000 disadvantaged young people, adults and families each year to find confidence, develop skills and become self- reliant. We believe everyone has a valuable contribution to make to society and through our work we enable people to realise their potential.

Our ambition is to grow our programmes, extend our reach and develop our volunteer base to enable us to continue to deliver vital work and support to those that need it most. As our next Chief Executive, you will help shape and develop our next strategy and develop our organisational capacity and capability. You’ll also ensure we are showcasing our impact and help us effectively navigate a challenging funding landscape – developing the relationship with our key commissioner, Surrey County Council, and working with our fundraising team to help develop new income streams.

Who we're looking for

We are looking for an adaptable and agile leader who can demonstrate a strong track record in an organisation delivering commissioned services and has developed effective and close working partnerships with commissioners. You will be a strong and collaborative leader with a track record in creating cohesive teams, which includes both staff and volunteers; as we are keen to develop our volunteer base, your experience of developing volunteering would be particularly interesting to us.

The ability to devise, develop and implement strategy, balancing both the ability to keep an eye on the strategic overview whilst rolling sleeves up to support operational delivery, will be key. Furthermore, you will be experienced in supporting financial sustainability, diversifying income streams and bring the communication and representation skills to operate as an effective ambassador.

If you are interested in playing this leading role, working alongside dedicated staff, volunteers and an active and capable board of trustees then please contact our advising consultants:

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

Alice Gillham | 07803 488423 | alice@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 9am, Friday 23rd August 2019

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

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Hi there,

Thank you for your interest in the Surrey Care Trust.

We are a well-established charity operating across Surrey and working with those who are disadvantaged by low skills, lack of opportunity, setbacks in life and precarious circumstances. We provide learning, training and mentoring to support young people and adults to improve their chances in life and fulfil their true potential.

If you have a mission to help disadvantaged people find confidence, develop skills and become more self reliant, then Surrey Care Trust (SCT) is a good fit for you. We are looking for someone who has strong executive leadership experience,  has a good track record in working with commissioners, and wants to lead a great team of staff and volunteers to adapt and grow our organisation. There will be many challenges, but as many great rewards. We have a supportive board and a great team who have a keen focus on tackling disadvantage and social exclusion.

If you would like to know more about us and this important role then please read on and contact our advising consultants at Peridot.

Kind regards,

Sir Dennis O’Connor, OBE QPM

Surrey Care Trust is a local charity that changes lives

The Trust has a long track record of service to the community and providing expert support to some of the most disadvantaged people in Surrey since 1982.

We provide learning, training and mentoring to support young people and adults in improving their chances in life.

We are enabling people to overcome the disadvantage of low skills, poor educational achievement, limited opportunities and tough financial circumstances.

Nurturing skills for life, work and learning creates brighter futures.

Setbacks in life such as illness, addiction, family breakdown and unemployment can also leave people facing hardship and needing to learn new skills and rebuild confidence. We help there, too.

Not only do individuals benefit personally from our work, but we believe that the wider community also gains when people are better equipped to make a positive contribution to society.

At Surrey Care Trust we run learning and mentoring programmes and courses, providing a service to individual people and organisations

We help people to create better chances in life and brighter futures for themselves through training, education, mentoring, counselling and volunteering. We are:

  • engaging vulnerable and challenging young people in education through an alternative approach with our STEPS at Woking Learning Centre
  • supporting people of all ages through mentoring to help them make positive changes in their lives
  • helping the long-term unemployed to gain skills and confidence through our Alliance and Aspire programmes
  • providing a free and independent counselling service for troubled young people aged 16 to 25
  • running outdoor learning, personal development and volunteering activities on our Swingbridge Community Boats
  • re-engaging people in education with our community-based Adult Learning programme
  • helping families to give their children the best start in life with our Sure Start Children’s Centre in Stanwell
  • supporting development of the Stanwell Community through the People’s Health Trust funded ‘Local Conversation’

More information:

Surrey Care Trust website
Trustee report and financial statements 2017/18

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

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

Alice Gillham | 07803 488423 | alice@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, Surrey Care Trust” into the subject field.

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.


Closing date: 9am, Friday 23rd August 2019
Preliminary interviews: Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September
Final interview: Monday 23rd September (TBC)

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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