Chief Executive


We're looking for an impressive new CEO who will continue our vibrant, feel-good culture and values while bringing new and creative ideas in how we can deliver our strategy of becoming a co-produced organisation, generate sustainable income, improve our diversity and inclusion and reach more and more homeless and marginalised people across the UK. 


Time commitment:   We are accepting applications on a part-time and full-time basis.  
Salary:                      £48-£52,000 p.a. (pro rata as necessary)
Pension:                   6% employer contribution
Annual leave:           25 days per annum + UK bank holidays, rising to 28 with length of service (pro rata)
Location:                  London Bridge / Hybrid
Reporting to:           Board of Trustees

For full details of the organisation and the role, 



  • Enable the organisation to articulate its mission, vision, values and strategic plans; ensure that these are consistently applied and reported against across the organisation
  • Actively review services to ensure they are aligned with strategy, as well as the changing economic and political environment, and that they continue to generate maximum impact


  • Ensure that the trustees have sufficient resources and guidance to execute their roles to the best of their abilities, including compliance with the organisation’s governing document, the law and the need to remain solvent
  • With trustees, ensure that all major risks are identified and regularly reviewed, and that systems and procedures are in place to mitigate against those risks
  • Support the Chair in ensuring the continued engagement/involvement of all trustees
  • Support the Chair to ensure an annual calendar of trustees’ meetings is in place
  • Be responsible to the trustees for the overall health of the organisation

Leading and managing the organisation

  • Provide leadership to staff and volunteers, and keep under review and appraise the work of staff reporting directly to the Chief Executive (the Head of Development and Head of Programmes), while creating a culture of inclusivity and commitment to our values
  • Ensure that our team of musicians have all the resources and support they need to be brilliant and on-brand Choir with No Name choir directors
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work, developing and delivering our Diversity and Inclusion strategy and work plan
  • Ensure that the organisation has the resources (human, material and financial) to operate as effectively as possible, leading the development and delivery of change management plans when necessary

Promotion of the organisation

  • Lead the promotion of CWNN, acting as the principal ambassador in order to raise the profile of the organisation and its work
  • Establish and maintain effective networks with all principal supporters, funders and stakeholders
  • Ensure the organisation is presented in an appropriate and professional manner to its stakeholders
  • Keep abreast of influencing developments in the homelessness, arts and health and wellbeing sectors

Financial Management and Income Generation

  • Liaise with trustees and senior managers to generate the annual budget
  • Liaise with trustees and senior managers to manage the overall budgets and resources of the charity and ensure the timely and complete preparation of the annual audited accounts and Annual Report
  • Lead CWNN’s income generating activities including securing funding from trusts and foundations, corporations, individuals and commercial activities

Partnership working

  • Promote the organisation and its work to existing and potential partners, maximising opportunities to work collaboratively to provide greater impact for our choir members and greater sustainability for the organisation
  • Adopt and creative and innovative approach to new ideas and opportunities

Policies and operations

  • With trustees and senior managers, implement new and maintain existing appropriate policies and procedures to ensure a safe, compliant and positive environment
  • With trustees, be responsible for adherence to legislation governing working with vulnerable adults
  • Ensuring CWNN complies with all its legal, social and moral obligations as an employer
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations


Knowledge, attributes, skills and experience


  • Passion for our vision and mission, and alignment with our values
  • Personality, conduct and credibility that engages and commands confidence and respect
  • Creative and entrepreneurial approach
  • The ability to forge and develop strong partnerships and relationships
  • A proven track record of securing funding
  • Significant experience of financial management
  • Risk management awareness and skills
  • Familiarity with the process of developing policies and procedures to ensure best practice and ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory issues
  • A confident ambassador
  • Consultative, inclusive management style and significant experience of motivating and leading staff
  • Ability to communicate strategic vision and devise, execute and monitor performance against operational plans
  • Excellent interpersonal, mediation and communication skills
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for policy, including equalities legislation, health and safety, employment and safeguarding
  • Understanding of the charity sector


  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • Experience of leading change management
  • Knowledge of the homelessness sector
  • A musical background
  • Active and confident user of social media


In the interest of a non-biased approach to recruitment, all applications will be anonymised before they reach the selection panel. 

To help us with this, please follow these steps:

  • Copy and paste the questions below into a separate Word document.
  • Answer the questions, trying not to use more than 300 words per question.  Don’t put your name or any identifying information on the document. 
  • Email a) your answers to the questions and b) a copy of your CV with any identifying information removed to by 9am on Tuesday Jan 4th 2022.  Include your phone number in the email. 

If you have access needs that make any aspect of the application process challenging, please contact and we will make reasonable adjustments.  If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Marie (current CEO) on 07941 260874 or at, before the Christmas break.  

If your answers are among the ones that show the best demonstrations of the skills we’re looking for, we will be in touch to talk about the next stage of recruitment, which will include interviews with a panel of trustees and a panel of choir members.  If you haven’t heard from us by January 12th, we’re afraid that you can assume that you haven’t been successful. 


Try not to use more than 300 words per question – thank you.  Don’t feel you need to use the full word limit if you can answer more succinctly. 

  1. Write a section for our members’ newsletter introducing yourself, telling them why you wanted the job at the Choir with No Name and what you hope to achieve in your first six months.
  2. Along with all other aspects of strategic direction, the CEO is responsible for our artistic direction. Tell us about how you would approach delivering this important aspect of leadership.  You don’t have to be a musician yourself.
  3. Tell us about how you seek to understand the financial health of an organisation, and how you use financial information to inform planning. 
  4. How would you harness the skills of the board to grow and develop the organisation, and how would you hold them to account to ensure our governance responsibilities were being upheld?

Thank you for your interest, and good luck with your application!