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Chief Executive Officer

Job description

Food Bank Aid in North London is seeking an inspirational, entrepreneurial, collaborative strategic leader with a successful track record of fundraising and growth to lead us as our next CEO.


Established 4 years ago, our mission is to distribute essential items like food, toiletries, and household goods to food banks across Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Islington and Hertfordshire,. Through our network of food banks, we support approximately 20,000 individuals, including 5,000 children, every week. With a dedicated team of 5 staff, 300 active volunteers, an engaged board of trustees, and a turnover of around £2m, we are a community-led charity that serves all denominations and demographics.


About the Role:

As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Food Bank Aid, you will lead our organisation in the ongoing fight against food poverty within North London and Hertfordshire. You will provide strategic direction, ensure operational efficiency, reliable service delivery and spearhead fundraising efforts to expand our impact and reach even more individuals and families in need.

This role requires effective leadership of both staff and volunteers, along with the implementation of systems and processes to enhance our operations. You will need to balance day-to-day management with strategic planning, demonstrating adaptability and clear decision-making in a fast-paced environment.


Key Details:

  • Role: Chief Executive Officer – Food Bank Aid

  • Salary: £90,000

  • Contract: permanent, full-time role

  • Start date: by early November 2024, ideally mid-October

  • Location: typically 4+ days per week on-site at our hub in London N12 or with partner organisations

Key Responsibilities:

  • Continue to develop and implement the long-term strategic vision for Food Bank Aid, ensuring alignment with our mission and core values.

  • Lead, manage and motivate the talented team of staff and volunteers, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation and high performance.

  • Oversee all aspects of the organisation’s operations, including Hub management, distribution networks and volunteer coordination.

  • Lead fundraising / income generation / business development activities to ensure Food Bank Aid’s can grow and deliver more impact while remaining financially sustainable.

  • Maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, such as food bank partners, funders, corporate partners, opinion-formers and thought-leaders in the fields of food poverty and nutrition, and partner charities.

  • Represent Food Bank Aid at public events, media opportunities and meetings with funders and supporters.

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Monitor and evaluate the organisation’s performance, measuring success against key metrics and goals.

  • Oversee financial management and resource allocation, ensuring efficient and responsible use of funds.

  • Be visible in the Hub and build relationships with volunteers to ensure connected leadership and feedback can be easily given up the ladder, focusing on morale, recruitment, and retention.

  • Work with the team and use analytical skills to deliver insights and improve systems, policies and processes.

  • Be accountable for specific projects like launching new systems, volunteer retention, and developing corporate partnerships.


What We're Looking For:

  • Proven track record of leadership and success – including fundraising / income generation - in the non-profit sector or corporate sector (minimum 5 years at a senior level).

  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships with diverse audiences.

  • Interest in and knowledge of the challenges and opportunities related to food poverty in the UK.

  • Passion for and a commitment to Food Bank Aid’s mission.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong understanding of financial management principles.

  • Ability to represent the organisation effectively in a variety of settings.


How to Apply:

If you're interested in this role, please send your CV and a brief cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience to our consultant, Jenny Hills, at Harris Hill (


Application deadline: 9am, Friday 19th July 2024.


As leading charity recruitment specialists and a certified B Corp™, Harris Hill is committed to high and ever-improving standards of equitable and inclusive recruitment. We actively welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and other protected characteristics.