Chief Executive Officer

Salary: circa £142,000 FTE per annum, plus 6% contributory pension scheme

Location: Hybrid – London, UK (mixture of home and onsite working: staff are working onsite for at least 20% of their working hours)

Contract: Permanent, Full-Time (35 hours/week plus 1 hour unpaid break/day) – consideration will be given to accommodate existing academic responsibilities, the salary will be pro-rata should a reduction in working hours be agreed

Apply by: Midday (12pm) on Monday 29th April 2024


About us

Anna Freud is a world-leading mental health charity for children, young people and families. Our mission is to close the gap in wellbeing and mental health by advancing, translating, delivering, and sharing the best science and practice with everyone who impacts the lives of children, young people and their families.

About the role

We are seeking an experienced and influential leader to join us as our new Chief Executive Officer. You will provide leadership of the organisation and be the lead advocate for the charity with the government, the media, senior stakeholders, supporters and other external partners. You will also oversee key partnerships, most notably with University College London (UCL).

Working closely with the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer will develop the organisation’s long-term strategy, budget and business plan to secure organisational sustainability and compliance.

The role requires someone with visionary leadership who can demonstrate their commitment to shaping and nurturing a collaborative and open-minded culture. We’re known for the quality of our research and education & training provisions.

Candidates should have significant leadership experience in children and young people’s mental health, and a solid grasp of research in the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Find a full list of responsibilities, person specification and list of benefits in the attached job pack.

Our commitment to EDI

We welcome individuals from all backgrounds and are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applicants who meet the criteria will be considered for employment, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age or veteran status.

Applicants are invited to share information about their diversity dimensions to help us address biases and provide any additional support by completing the attached Diversity Monitoring form. Your responses remain confidential and have no bearing on the selection process.

How to apply

Send your CV and a two-page cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria for this role to

For more information or assistance, reach out to us at the same email address.

Please note that successful candidate(s) will be asked to evidence their Right to Work in the UK post-job offer. We do not hold a sponsor license therefore we are unable to provide Visa sponsorship.

Closing date for receipt of applications is midday (12pm) Monday 29 April 2024.

We kindly request no contact from agencies.

 Notification of interview

Shortlisted applicants will be notified no later than Friday 3 May 2024. Please note we will not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Recruitment schedule

For further information please refer to the job pack.

We look forward to receiving your application.


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