Chief Executive Officer

Voice 21

Voice 21 is the UK’s oracy education charity, on a mission to ensure all children, not just a fortunate few, are taught at school how to use their voice to thrive in education and beyond. Children’s spoken language skills are one of the strongest predictors of their future life chances. Yet, too many disadvantaged children arrive at school with poor communication skills, already behind their more advantaged peers. Despite the strong evidence base, most schools do not consistently teach these vital skills.


This is a pivotal time for us. Our founding CEO, Beccy Earnshaw, who has grown an innovative, robust and well-respected organisation with national reach, a team of 60 skilled staff and an income of circa £3 million, is stepping down after eight years. We are therefore looking for a new Chief Executive to write the next chapter of the Voice 21 story. 

We are looking for someone ambitious for our growth and impact and passionate about oracy, education and social justice, with the energy, experience and expertise to steer Voice 21’s future success – retaining the dynamism, agility and buzz of a start-up with the development of systems to ensure the smooth running of a more mature organisation.  

You need not have been a chief executive before; what you will bring is strategic leadership ability, vision and an entrepreneurial spirit. 

As a collaborative team player, you will invest in our people to be their best and nurture an inclusive high-performance culture.  You will be a natural partnership builder and a compelling communicator able to influence and engage senior stakeholders, leverage future opportunities for our continued success and inspire others to join our movement. 

A champion of positive change, your insight and experience, alongside a social focus and commercial outlook, will ensure Voice 21 continues to deliver outstanding outcomes for children in our schools today and the generations to come. 

If this sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for, we’d love to hear from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.