Chief Executive

The Seafarers' Charity
London based working, with occasional flexibility to work from home at discretion

The Seafarers’ Charity, previously the King George’s Fund for Sailors, and more latterly Seafarers UK, provides vital support to seafarers in need and their families by giving grants to organisations and projects that can make a real impact to their lives.

The Role

This is pivotal and exciting time to join the organisation, as we enter an ambitious period of strategic growth and expansion. Having recently launched our new strategy ‘Thrive’, we are now looking for a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation through the next stage of its voyage. We have identified five strategic outcomes, our new vision and mission, and introduced research and advocacy to ensure that we understand the problems that lead to disadvantage.

Our brand change to The Seafarers’ Charity has been hugely successful and we are well recognised in the UK and internationally. We work with many partners to improve life for seafarers. During COVID-19 and the Ukraine Crisis we have developed and delivered humanitarian aid through our Seafarers International Relief Fund, cementing our work with our delivery partners and the maritime sector.

We are looking for a proven leader who will build on the charity’s current work, whilst further developing and delivering its vision and strategy. The ability to work collaboratively both internally and externally are crucial. The new Chief Executive will drive change and improvement, building and developing effective relationships with all our stakeholders.

As well as senior leadership experience, you will have outstanding communication skills and be able to represent us at the highest levels across government departments, with our beneficiaries and the wider public as we seek to raise our profile further. Experience of fundraising would be an advantage as we aim to further increase our fundraising potential across all income streams. You will bring strong personal credibility and, although you do not need to be experienced in grant making, you will need to have a passion for what we do and an empathy – and ideally a connection – with the maritime community. 


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