Chief Executive Officer

Introduction to the role

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Based at our Youth Club in Westminster with some flexible working
Salary: c.£50,000 dependent on experience
Reports to: Board of Trustees
Direct Reports: Head of Programmes, Fundraising Manager, Finance & Facilities Officer

Welcome from the Chair

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 (which is soon to undergo a refurbishment to ensure it is totally fit for purpose). 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. Every year at least 100 young people access our services.

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

Role purpose

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

Main Responsibilities


  • Provide, develop and implement Caxton’s strategic and operational plans, leading on partnership and business development, and being an effective advocate for the charity and our beneficiaries.
  • Seek out, develop and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant organisations and individuals to promote the work of the charity and facilitate the implementation of strategic objectives.
  • Provide leadership for all Caxton employees, volunteers and associates including direct management responsibility for 3 senior employees to ensure that Caxton delivers a safe, effective and fun service for all of its members and their families.
  • To work effectively with the Board of Trustees to ensure that the charity delivers its strategy and achieves its objectives.
  • Ensure Caxton’s workforce is supported and motivated to deliver our services, leveraging training, coaching and development opportunities.


  • To produce, with agreement from the Board of Trustees, plans and proposals for the future development of Caxton Youth Organisation.
  • Identify and assess strategic risks, issues and opportunities and take responsibility for initiating and leading associated changes.

Business Development

  • Work closely with the Fundraising Manager to ensure Caxton raises c.£300k pa to maintain in-year services.
  • Work towards the achievement of long-term sustainability, developing the charity’s business model and maximising income, for example from fundraising, service contracts and earned income.
  • Adopt a creative and innovative approach to development, remaining open to new ideas and opportunities.

How to apply

To apply for this role please send a CV via the form below that, where possible, specifies your related expertise and achievements. If your experience is a good fit, we will be in touch to arrange a briefing call or meeting that will provide you with all the information required to formally apply.


The closing date for applications is Friday 12 November.

Please note that first interviews will take place week commencing 15 November.

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