Appointed Chief Executive Officer

Caxton Youth Organisation

Caxton Youth Organisation are the only youth club of their kind for learning disabled and autistic young people aged 11-25 in Westminster.

For 73 years, they have opened their doors to tens of thousands of young people. Over the past 40 years they have been a specialist youth club, empowering disabled young people to live happier, healthier, more independent lives.

Introduction from the Co-chairs

There is nowhere quite like Caxton Youth, that’s what the young people we work with and their families tell us, and we passionately believe it too.

Caxton is entering its 75th year, quite something for a small but mighty charity, and our longevity says so much about the importance of the services we provide to ensure young people with disabilities in Westminster are able to advance in their personal development, integrate into the community and lead independent and fulfilling lives wherever possible.

The majority of our work is delivered at our dedicated Youth Club in south Westminster. Our youth work team focus on young people’s social & emotional wellbeing, independence, employability and health & personal care. All these topics are addressed during weekly youth club sessions which take place in the evenings, and young people are supported to attend thanks to our very own Caxton minibus which collects and drops participants home across the borough. During school holidays we make use of our fantastic outdoor base in Surrey, giving our members the opportunity to experience life outside London, and parents and caregivers some much needed respite.

It is such an exciting time to join Caxton as we go from strength to strength, with a newly appointed Chair of Trustees and an energised Board full of strategic ambition and a deep understanding of the community we support. Our financial position is healthy, and we’ve invested resource to ensure this continues to be the case.

We’re looking for someone who understands the youth workspace and is passionate about the need for extracurricular services for young people with disabilities, who is strategically minded and ambitious to take Caxton’s services to the next level. We hope you will consider this incredible opportunity to change the game for young people growing up in London with a disability.

Bethany Kinsella & Tim Chatwin
Co-chairs, Caxton Youth Organisation

About the role

The position will: 

  • Provide leadership to Caxton in order for the charity to achieve it’s mission and deliver to its beneficiaries
  • Be responsible for developing and expanding current services and developing new services that benefit the young people of Caxton
  • Work with the Board to achieve business strategy, plans and targets – while ensuring the Board fulfils its responsibilities in the governance of the charity
  • Ensure long term sustainability, through effective governance, sound finance and delivery of services

About you

Ideal skills and experience: 

  • Demonstrable leadership skills including strategic direction setting and management of the organisation
  • Track record of developing projects from inception to implementation and completion
  • Extensive experience of service design and delivery
  • Exceptional financial acumen with experience managing organisational finances (6-figure budgets)
  • The ability to lead and nurture the professional development of a team, demonstrating empathy and humility, understanding diversity and inclusion, leading from front and back
  • Extensive experience of service design and delivery
  • Self-starter, able to use own initiative to show insight and manage complex situations and processes between people
  • Commitment to and empathy with youth work and providing the best opportunities for children and young people with disabilities

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