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Interim CEO - Chichester Counselling Services

Chichester, United Kingdom
£50,000 FTE
Closing on 31 July 2024

We are working in partnership with Chichester Counselling Services (CCS), a registered charity, who are a highly regarded training school and counselling service. Their aim is to provide affordable counselling and training services to the community of Chichester and the wider areas of West Sussex and East Hampshire. CCS’s psychodynamic training programme, accredited by the BACP, has a reputation for rigour and depth. The counselling offered is frequently recommended by local health professionals and is well-respected in the community: around two thirds of their clients approach CCS having been encouraged to do so by professional advisors or by their family, friends, or employers. 

The Board of Trustees are seeking an Interim CEO to stabilise the organisation after recent disruption. The Interim CEO will appraise the current situation, and quickly define and deliver a program of short- and medium-term actions to get CCS into a position from which it can move forward. The Interim CEO will be accountable for all aspects of operational delivery, ensuring that targets are met while enabling the Board of Trustees to fulfil its strategic and governance responsibilities. Working with the Board to review the medium- and longer-term strategy for the organisation and developing and implementing a strategic plan, presents a longer-term opportunity.

Required experience and skills:

  • A track record of delivery in turnaround situations.
  • Experience ideally in health and social care, counselling, or wider mental health. 
  • Solid engagement skills with the ability to build confidence across a wide range of stakeholders quickly.
  • Proven expertise in the development and implementation of business plans to capitalise on opportunities.
  • Proven experience of effectively managing resources and budgets.
  • Proven financial management skills, with previous P&L accountability.

Applications should include your CV and supporting statement.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

Contract type: Interim contract (up to 6 months, with the option to extend / become permanent), part-time (3 days week)

Closing date: 31 July 2024
Due to the urgent/interim nature of the role, Charisma will be reviewing and actioning next steps for candidates on a rolling basis. Candidates with an immediate start date - 1 months’ notice, are actively encouraged to apply.
Interviews with CCS:
Agile / TBC

Katherine Anderson-Scott
Associate Director
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