Chief Executive

  • Job Reference: 00000382-1
  • Date posted: 18 February 2021
  • Recruiter: International Seafarers' Welfare & Assistance Network
  • Location: Croydon, London
  • Salary: £50,000 to £55,000
  • Sector: International Development & Disaster Relief
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job description

ISWAN is a leading international seafarers’ welfare NGO that promotes the welfare of seafarers worldwide. Our current CEO is retiring in May 2021, and we are looking for a new leader to take the organisation to its next stage. With offices in the UK, India, and the Philippines, ISWAN runs a range of programmes and services that improve the physical and mental wellbeing of seafarers worldwide. The main programme is SeafarerHelp, the free and confidential twenty four hour helpline for seafarers and their families. Over recent years ISWAN has developed a widely respected programme that seeks to improve the mental wellbeing of seafarers. ISWAN is a membership organisation with members from shipping companies, unions, insurers, welfare agencies, and governments.

Responsible for twenty two staff the role requires the ability to develop constructive partnerships with a range of different organisations, including funders, in the maritime world. The role will also require working closely with the board of trustees.

We are looking for a creative, collaborative, and inspiring individual. We need the new CEO to lead and shape ISWAN’s strategic direction. The successful candidate will have experience in service delivery, fundraising and business development, marketing and communications; corporate governance; finance and, ideally, knowledge of seafarers and shipping.

We promote a working environment in which diversity is recognised, valued and encouraged. We are committed to principles of fairness and mutual respect where everyone accepts the concept of individual responsibility. Our policies seek to ensure job applicants and employees are treated fairly and without favour or prejudice.  We are committed to applying this throughout all areas of employment. 

Additional documents

Please download the Person specification document which outlines the main purpose and duties of the post as well as the applicant's essential and desirable criteria

Further information about ISWAN can be found on our websites : and

How to apply.

Application is by letter (strictly no more than 800 words) and CV (strictly no more than 3 A4 pages). Please send to with CEO Application in Subject Header 

Closing date is 8 March 2021.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.