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Look before you leap (digital copy)

Whether you’re an experienced civil society CEO wanting to seek a new challenge, a senior leader looking for your first chief executive role or someone coming into the voluntary sector from the private or public sectors, you need to feel confident you have enough information about the job you’re applying for so you can decide whether or not it is for you. That applies both to the financial status and governance of the organisation and, of course, to the key people with whom you would be working, starting with the chair.

But getting the full picture is not always straightforward. This guide is intended to help you make your own checklist of questions and avenues to explore for information. The advice is drawn from the real life experiences of a number of charity CEOs who have been through difficult or challenging recruitment processes across a wide range of types and sizes of organisation, as well as the expertise of charity chairs who have seen the process from the other side of the table, and of finance experts who know what to probe and what to look for – and what it is realistic to expect.

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