London, Greater London (On-site)
£40,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Executive Director, The Cotton Tree Charitable Company


Location:                    London, N7, some home-based 

Relationships:           Responsible to the Board of Trustees

Hours:                        37.5 hours a week

Holidays:                    25 days per annum + bank holidays

Contract:                    Permanent after six months’ probationary period

Salary:                        £40,000 (inclusive of London weighting)

Closing date:             31 January 2022


About us

The Cotton Tree's vision is a society that fully respects the rights and dignity of asylum seekers and refugees, seeking justice and a flourishing life for all. Our mission is to offer personally sensitive free support (legal, social, practical, emotional) to refugees and asylum seekers as they seek to move on with their lives in the UK. We are authorised to offer legal advice at OISC Level 2, and we help asylum seekers to prepare their claims and to find solicitors, while we also provide practical support on housing, medical and other issues. Our members also find confidence and hope through our Heal and Grow branch, which facilitates refugee-led support groups and other occasional workshops tailored specifically for refugees and asylum seekers. We believe that relaxed time, professional expertise and a supportive community will enable individuals to move beyond their traumatic histories and start to rebuild their lives.


The role

The Cotton Tree is seeking a dedicated effective Executive Director to lead its new charitable company through the next exciting period of change and expansion. This is an inspiring opportunity for a committed and skilled individual to help shape and develop our activities and services in an ethical, supportive and collaborative environment

If you are interested in this post, please email us your CV accompanied by a covering letter telling us how you meet the requirements of the job description and person specification below and explaining why you would like to work at The Cotton Tree. 

For more information about the Cotton Tree, see our website.


Key responsibilities

Strategy & fundraising 

  • Work with the Board of Trustees to develop multi-year and annual plans and budgets to achieve the organisation’s vision and agreed strategic objectives;
  • Lead the development and delivery of a strategy to identify and secure funding and generate income from a variety of sources.


HR & regulatory compliance

  • Motivate and inspire a committed and dedicated workforce of paid and volunteer staff, including line management of at least 3-5 staff and 2-5 contractors, increasing as the charitable company expands; 
  • Contribute to, model and build an organisational culture of respect, diversity, engagement;
  • Oversee the effective development of systems and processes to recruit, manage and train an effective and efficient workforce of paid and volunteer staff;
  • Ensure compliance with all finance, safeguarding and employment policies, as well as legal and regulatory requirements.


Governance & financial management

  • Ensure that the Board and committees are regularly and sufficiently informed and updated, and that their decisions are implemented as required in line with good governance;
  • Attend monthly Board meetings, usually for two hours at weekends;
  • Work with the Board of Trustees and external advisers to ensure the effective and efficient management of the organisation’s finances, in particular annual budgeting, monthly reporting and annual audit;
  • Maintain the annual schedule of filings and ensure up to date communication with all regulators (Companies House, Charity Commission, ICO) and the HMRC.


Communications & outreach

  • Ensure that through an effective marketing, communication and digital media strategy, the organisation starts to build its profile amongst external audiences;
  • Network and develop relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders in the public, private and not for profit sectors;
  • Represent the organisation at key meetings and events to uphold and promote the work we do and the interests of the people we serve;



  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as and when requested.


Person specification



  • Commitment to our holistic, person-centred ethos
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of confidentiality, impartiality, safeguarding and equality of opportunity;
  • An understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements of a charity supporting refugees and asylum-seekers, and experience of managing relevant compliance;
  • Significant experience in a senior management role within a similar organisation;
  • Significant line management experience, with the ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers;
  • Solid financial experience and the ability to confidently manage staff and external advisers to ensure effective financial management and growth;
  • Demonstrable experience of managing strategic fundraising at a corporate, major donor or grant level; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders from across the public, private and voluntary sector.



  • An understanding of charitable investments and implementing good governance in managing and investing funds for charitable use.  



More about The Cotton Tree Trust

Founded in 2017, the Cotton Tree Trust is a small charity for the benefit of asylum seekers and refugees and their families in Englan... Read more

Refreshed on: 28 January 2022
Closed date: 31 January 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Fundraising, Senior Management

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