Chief Executive

We are seeking the person who is going to drive WIT. You are an outstanding leader who is deeply committed to delivering WIT for the children and young people who need it most. You are a dynamic, thoughtful and talented entrepreneur. You seek responsibility and inspire others to succeed. You are comfortable with ambiguity, able to shift and change with ease as WIT grows. Others look to you for guidance and inspiration. You are a risk-taker, and those risks pay off. You will scale WIT to a financially sustainable national model for delivering exceptional outcomes for children and young people. In doing so, you will become a leading national authority on how to solve one of society’s most harmful and costly problems.

The Role

You will be the first full time employee at WIT and you will build a team around you that can deliver the first WIT teams within a year. You will be the face of the organisation raising money, building support and promoting the vision. The Director of Practice will be your first direct report and alongside them you will ensure that the WIT teams are set up for success, delivering excellent quality programmes and able to rapidly learn from mistakes. WIT’s board want you to grow WIT into a successful national organisation over the next five years.

Reports to: Board

Contract: Permanent/full time, secondments/fixed term Considered

Salary: Commensurate with the role

Location: London and surrounding areas

Start date: ASAP

Closing date: 6pm, Friday 28th March 2020

Interviews: 1st round w/c 6th April 2020 2nd round w/c 13th April 2020

Job Description

  • Develop strategy. WIT’s first steps have been taken with founding principles in place and funding for the first programmes secured. But in your first year big strategic questions will need to be answered about growth plans, future funding routes, relationship management, practice models, evaluation and branding.
  • Build the right relationships. You will be the public face of WIT, developing contacts with and inspiring support from local authority partners, funders and the media. You will establish credibility with those already working in the field of youth offending. Alongside the WIT co-founders, you will create a large network of contacts and supporters around WIT so that it is positioned for growth.
  • Grow a new team. This means not only hiring outstanding people who are a good fit for the work, but also creating the structures and setting the conditions that will ensure they succeed. You will make the Breaking Cycles ingredients a central part of hiring and performance management for all staff. You will set a rhythm of management that promotes a high degree of freedom and responsibility.
  • Sustain funding. Although significant sums have already been raised for WIT’s first programmes, WIT will need a sustainable funding model for rapid expansion that may include funding from central government, local authorities, philanthropy and social investment. For each WIT team you will secure the necessary funding for it to become successful.
  • Get hands-on. You will do whatever it takes to make WIT successful. This will mean unsociable hours, hard work, getting hands-on when things go off track and being alongside the first group of Guides and young people in WIT to rapidly learn what’s working and what’s not. Within the first year you will step back to enable WIT teams to be successful, defining the outcomes, monitoring performance and changing the way we work where necessary

Person Specification

Beliefs and alignment:

  • Belief that all people are capable of change and that a relationship with a skilled practitioner can be a powerful driver of this;
  • Belief that young people who display behaviours linked to offending can be supported so that they cease offending and meaningfully contribute to society;
  • Alignment to a culture of freedom and responsibility where there are fewer rules, high levels of accountability and a need for excellent performance from the entire team.
  • Prepared to challenge the status-quo and be positively disruptive in the pursuit of higher standards even when this is uncomfortable.

Experience, knowledge and skills:

  • More than five years of experience successfully leading a high-profile area of work;
  • A track record of managing a high performing team;
  • Experience of raising significant funding for social impact as well as developing and delivering a sustainable business plan;
  • A background in working directly with children or vulnerable adults (desirable);
  • An ability to write and speak clearly about complex or technical issues, as well as a capacity to turn them into practical actions;
  • The skill to build and manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Able to challenge and support across, upwards and sideways with a diverse range of colleagues;
  • The self-confidence and self-awareness required to support colleagues, while also listening and responding to challenging feedback.


  • Relevant professional qualification (if appropriate);
  • Professional registration (if appropriate);
  • Right to work in the UK;
  • This post is subject to a police check of previous criminal convictions with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


If this role excites you, get in touch with Rebecca Cramer to discuss further and fill in an application form here. We look forward to hearing from you.