Derby, Derbyshire, East Midlands



Job Description

This is a rare opportunity to lead an exciting, growing Christian led charity, with a current team of 12 employees and up to 100 volunteers with an annual turnover of £300K. Upbeat Communities is a Christian inspired charity which has been working in Derby and Derbyshire since 2005, to welcome and empower refugees and raise awareness in the wider community. Our growth has been circa 300% in the last three years.  Our vision is to “help strangers become neighbours”. We achieve this by focusing activities on three key areas: Welcome, Empowerment, and Awareness Raising.

The services we deliver include welcome support, initially via Welcome Boxes for new arrivals to the city/ county, language classes through our Derby Language School social enterprise, health and well-being activities, enterprise and employment training, awareness raising, training and events. We are currently partnering with the British Red Cross on a 4-year Derby city-wide project called Survive & Thrive, and we deliver the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme for Derbyshire. We have just launched Host Derby, a hosting scheme for destitute asylum seekers.


The Board of Trustees is seeking a new leader to develop Upbeat Communities in this next season:

  • We want to be led by our Christian ethos, this identity underpinning all we do. This will express itself in our love for God, the welcome of and care for the refugee and kindness and respect for those who work both with and for the organisation.
  • We seek a CEO who will infuse the organisation with confidence, vision and a clear strategy for the future.
  • We want to continue to develop a culture of entrepreneurship and excellence to both welcome and benefit refugees living in Derby and Derbyshire.
  • We want a CEO who will enthusiastically take responsibility for the Christian welfare of Upbeat’s employees and volunteers
  • We want to see the work of Upbeat presented with clarity across various sectors of society in Derbyshire.
  • We seek a CEO who will wholeheartedly embrace the Charity’s Christian ethos
  • We seek to partner with like-minded organisations who share some or all of our aims and values
  • We want to see Upbeat Communities run with excellent stewardship.

Role Description:

As CEO, you will provide strategic leadership to the organisation and be accountable for the organisations Christian well-being, administration and financial management. Working closely with the Senior Managers and Board of Trustees, you will develop the organisation’s long-term strategy, budget and business plan based on Upbeat’s ethos and ensure it complies with the law and regulations. Acting as an ambassador for Upbeat Communities, you will provide a public face for campaigns and build relationships/ partnerships with stakeholders in the statutory and voluntary sectors and in media and business. You will play a key role in motivating and engaging volunteers, staff, beneficiaries and prospective donors.

All applicants need to complete an application form – CVs will not be accepted
As part of the recruitment and selection process Upbeat Communities will take up two references, one of which must be from your Church Leader.

It is an occupational requirement in accordance with paragraph 3 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010 that this post be held by a Christian according to the statement of beliefs of the Evangelical Alliance.