Chief Executive Officer

London, EC1V 2PT
I CAN is the UK’s leading children’s communication charity. Originally formed in 1888, our mission is that no child should be left out or be left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding. Our vision remains a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential. Our 2020 impact report shows that we supported an incredible 84,435 children and young people in 2019-2020 alone. But we cannot afford to stand still. We are ambitious to grow and to support even more children and families through even broader reach and influence.
The Role

We are now looking for a contemporary, positive and visionary leader to become our next CEO. The role is to ensure that our charity delivers its current plan, while also working with a dedicated Board of Trustees to shape our future beyond 2023. I CAN is an exceptionally well-regarded organisation where it is known. But many still are not aware of the work we do and the lives we change. At this stage of our development, we are particularly interested in broadening and deepening our reach into new stakeholder and supporter communities. 

This is a significant and high-profile role requiring a capable and influential leader with an inspiring and engaging style. You will have a strong external focus and may have worked in marketing and communications, development or external affairs. Wherever you are now, you will be as accomplished at putting organisations firmly on the map as you are at inspiring teams to give their best. 

With a mature style, you will also be capable of overseeing the financial management of our organisation and will bring a keen eye for detail in this regard. We are passionate about improving the life chances of children with SLCN and are offering a fantastic opportunity for someone who shares our vision to join a talented team and create lasting impact. 

Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.
How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • your CV or equivalent biographical information
  • a covering letter that sets out your motivation for applying for this appointment, and what you can bring against Part One of the Person Specification
  • details of two people you have worked with previously who we could talk to at shortlist stage (with your permission).

Closing date
Friday 13th November 2020

Longlist interviews by zoom are likely to be held in week commencing 23rd November 2020.

Agreement of the final shortlist by end of the first week in December 2020. And informal meetings or telephone calls will follow confirmation of the final shortlist. 

Formal interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place in person on either 14th, 16th or 17th December 2020. The day may also include informal sessions with key staff and stakeholders. 


Click Here To Apply