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Chief Executive Officer

Sleaford, Lincolnshire (Hybrid)
£50,000 per year
Job description

Are you an innovation manager, or do you like to look at the bigger picture and come up with new ideas? Are you an analytical and strategic thinker, with the confidence to influence leadership, taking the organisation with you and develop new strategies?

GAIN is a small charity with an income of circa £300k per annum.  It is the only charity working on behalf of people with Guillain-Barre syndrome, CIDP and the associated inflammatory neuropathies in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We are dedicated to helping people affected by these conditions through our information, peer support network and branches.  With members and volunteers across the country, the charity aims to help, support and empower people to understand and manage their condition.  We are also facilitating our members to participate in trials to further the search for treatments and a cure.

The charity has significantly evolved in recent years, and we are ready to move into the next phase of our strategic transformation.  We are looking for an effective leader who will be able to oversee, co-ordinate and direct operations, supporting the strategic direction, with Trustees, to ensure GAIN builds on its excellent foundations, ensuring the charity remains sustainable, relevant, and agile, capable of moving forward in this fast-changing world.

The Candidate

The Board of Trustees are looking to bring on board an individual of high calibre, with a demonstrated track record of strategic thinking and operational leadership.  The candidate must demonstrate the capability to bring vision and ambition and inspire a culture of quality and performance.

You will be able to turn your hand at almost anything needed to deliver the charities objectives and vision. Therefore, you must be able to multitask and adapt quickly. You will also be involved in coordinating and delivering key deadlines and business development projects for the charity.


Sleaford, Lincoln/Home Based


Circa £50,000, pension, 25 days annual leave


Full time – 35 hours per week



3 days office based/2 days home based – some UK travel may be necessary.

Main responsibilities:

·       ​Measurement:  Review and evaluate the performance of the charities operational processes using a KPI focused approach. You will take steps to improve them and drive the charity forward making strategic recommendations to the Board which will help deliver the charities goals and objectives and ensuring that the charity continues to meet its service user’s needs.

·       Strategy development:  In partnership with the Board, you will support the development of strategies for the growth of the organisation, making sure they are implemented.

·       Stakeholder Relationship Management: You will conduct regular reviews of data and feedback to ensure relevant data and insights are provided to the Board to aid decision making.

·       Research and Insight: You will represent the charity on appropriate outside bodies, liaising with other charities, collating insightful intelligence on changes and opportunities in the field of neuropathies, presenting findings to the Board to inform decision-making.

·       People Management: Empower and develop the small operational team with the leadership and resources they need to successfully complete operations initiatives.

·       Financial Management:  In partnership with the Treasurer, develop and control all operational budgets to ensure the charity has all the resources required to meet its objectives within agreed financial parameters and to maintain the financial strength of the charity.

The successful candidate will have:

·       A proven track record in a strategic role or operational leadership within a charitable organisation.

·       Knowledge of core HR policies and procedures i.e., recruitment, development and ensuring the welfare of employees.

·       Knowledge of marketing & fundraising, charity law & compliance.

·       Knowledge and practical use of Xero or a similar accounting system.

·       An analytical mind, be a strategic thinker and is driven to lead innovation within a national charity. 

·       A career-orientated mind set & is hands-on, extremely capable and ‘making things happen’.

Posted on: 23 October 2023
Closed date: 22 November 2023 at 23:59
Job ref: GAIN-OCT23
Tags: Senior Management, Operations