Chief Executive Vacancy

November 15, 2017

Chief Executive Vacancy

Farms for City Children is seeking an outstanding individual with strong leadership and management skills and a track record of income generation to drive forward the strategic and operational development of the Charity. This will include leading Farms for City Children through a time of change as it considers an exciting expansion plan, including the possible acquisition of a fourth farm.

You will be passionate about children, the countryside and farming. You will be able to provide the leadership and vision to motivate staff, Trustees and other internal and external stakeholders. You will have experience of developing successful partnerships, and will have knowledge of appropriate sector networks and where strategic developmental opportunities may be found.  An important part of the role is to act as an advocate and ambassador for the Charity, and you will relish the opportunity to use your excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills and gravitas to represent Farms for City Children at all levels and to inspire fundraising and other income generating activities.

You will have overall responsibility for all staff, and for fostering a productive and friendly work environment. The ability to provide strong collaborative leadership to a relatively small but diverse and geographically dispersed team is key to the role.

We are looking for an inspiring and skilful leader; someone who is happy to be hands on and yet can still be strategic. You will be comfortable in being accountable for all elements of a small yet relatively complex organisation where the safety and welfare of the children is key.

The role offers a great opportunity to the right candidate: autonomy, responsibility and the ability to work with trustees, our dedicated farm teams, partner farmers and other stakeholders to shape our future. It also offers a wonderful working and living environment based in Exeter, with regular travel to our stunning farms.


Please submit the following:
• A statement setting out clearly how you meet the selection criteria detailed in the person specification and the job description
• A current CV together with the contact details of at least two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not contact your referees prior to interview
Please e-mail applications to: Mrs Hayley Penton-Worrall,

All applications will be acknowledged by return email, however we cannot guarantee that we can offer feedback to candidates who are not shortlisted for interview.

Please download the application pack which provides details of the Job Description and Personal Specification for further information. To download an information pack please click here.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Dr Tessa Stone, Chief Executive, on 01392 276381, or Elizabeth Owens, Chair of Trustees on 020 7401 2037,

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 15th December 2017. Applications cannot be accepted after this time.

First Round Interviews will take place in the week beginning 15th January 2018. We anticipate being able to inform you if you have been selected for first round interview by 5th January 2018.

Second Round Interviews will take place on 5th or 6th February 2018. Candidates selected for second round interview will be given the opportunity to visit the farms between 22nd January and 2nd February 2018.