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Chief Executive Officer

Job description

At The Bridge, a London women’s charity, we need an impactful, pro-active, bold, ambitious, enterprising, strategic, and resilient leader who shares our passion to make a difference to be our next CEO. You’ll bring inspiring leadership to extend our profile, reach and impact.


The Bridge is a dynamic and impactful charity dedicated to supporting women's health and wellbeing in the heart of Southwark, London. We believe that everyone deserves access to good health, regardless of their background or circumstances. Unfortunately, health inequalities persist, exacerbated by recent global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis.


Our vision is a society where equity is the norm, where all women’s voices are heard, and where their health and wellbeing rights are respected and met.

We work to get there by:

  • co-creating spaces and opportunities for women to share their life experiences, where everyone’s voices are welcomed and heard;

  • co-designing and running women-led transformative projects, connecting communities and dismantling individual and structural barriers to health and wellbeing;

  • collaborating with like-minded organisations to amplify women’s voices to create change;

  • providing services and facilities to support women’s health and wellbeing.

From our own building in Southwark, we operate a women-only gym and a vegetarian cafe, providing a supportive environment for women to prioritise their health and wellbeing. Our gym offers a range of fitness classes and personalised training, while our cafe serves delicious, nourishing food and drinks, with all profits supporting our charitable work. We also lease offices and meeting rooms as an additional source of income. We benefit from a highly committed  staff team. We live our values, and uphold a strong commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).


As our new CEO, you will lead The Bridge, overseeing the implementation of new, innovative and impactful programmes and ensuring our building remains both a community and business asset. You will build new, effective partnerships with other organisations, and internally, build upon and further develop our existing strong culture. In the longer term, you will build a range of sustainable funding streams, and significantly grow the scope and impact of our range of programmes and services, while ensuring The Bridge always remains true to our mission and values.


key details:

role: Chief Executive Officer – The Bridge

location: Southwark, London – opportunities for flexible working

salary: circa £70,000

contract: Permanent, full time


as well as passion about women's health and wellbeing and our mission, you will:

  • have a track record of success as a CEO or senior leader, reporting at Board level, ideally within a purpose-driven organisation.

  • have a track record in developing a clear strategic vision – setting values, ethos, vision, mission, strategic objectives and strategic priorities and executing accordingly and ensuring that business, operational and annual plans to underpin the strategic plan are developed, agreed and implemented. Ultimately, you set and achieve challenging organisational goals.

  • have simultaneously managed and led a multiplicity of diverse teams and activities.

  • have experience of managing change and can take tough decisions when necessary.

  • have strong financial acumen, demonstrated by a track record of successful budget management, and business development/income generation skills.

  • be a leader with the ability to inspire, motivate, and empower staff and volunteers, fostering an inclusive culture that promotes continuous learning and collaboration.

  • be a confident networker, speaker, and communicator, capable of creating and sustaining relationships with partners, funders, businesses, the media, programme participants and other stakeholders to promote the work of the Bridge. You will have a proven track record of influencing and persuading people, with tangible benefits delivered to the organisation.

  • have knowledge of Charity Law and compliance issues related to charity operations and business, understanding the charity sector and the issues affecting service users.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this CEO role with full details, including how to apply, please send an expression of interest and (optional but appreciated) a CV or professional profile in confidence to our consultant, Jenny Hills at Harris Hill, For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Jenny at the above address with suitable times to talk.


closing date for applications: 9am Monday, 17th June 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.