Chief Executive

Relate is the UK’s largest provider of relationship support. Good quality relationships are good for us and evidence shows that we live happier, longer and more prosperous lives when we have people to share with so Relate helps over a million people a year of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships. Best known for working with couples in crisis our work also focuses on children, young people, families, sex, individuals and the workplace. Our vision is a future where healthy relationships form the heart of a thriving society.

Relate is currently undergoing a period of transformation to ensure it can be responsive, inclusive, accessible, viable and sustainable into the future through keeping pace with, and ahead of, changing needs and operating contexts.  Our  service offer is growing and the way in which we deliver our services continues to evolve with the development of digital services and channels. As our current strategy gains pace we now seek an energetic , can-do and bold Chief Executive to continue to drive its delivery in a challenging and changing operation environment,  and work with us to steer our vision and strategy for 2020-2025.

This is a role which requires an inspirational and tenacious leader with a proven track record of delivering large and complex change in either a federated organisation or one of equivalent complexity and scale. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate considerable success in building new income streams and financial sustainability. You will have lead on customer focused service/product development and have been highly effective and influential in an ambassadorial capacity, particularly within the policy arena. Intellectually agile and politically astute your communication skills must be exceptional with the capacity to both listen and deliver clear messages.  Alert to the changing context in which we operate you must also bring a facilitative leadership style to provide support, development and challenge to our federation of Relate Centres. Your experience will show you are not afraid to take risks and innovate but this will be balanced with a level of pragmatism and the ability to get things done.

This is an important job with the potential to touch hundreds of thousands of lives. If you want to lead Relate’s continuing evolution in playing such a vital role in society then we’d like to hear from you.

You can find more information about the role and how to apply at:

If you would then like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners, Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071.

Closing date for application is: 9am, Monday 15 June 2015