Chief Executive

  • Job Reference: 00000165-1
  • Date posted: 5 April 2019
  • Recruiter: Spirit of 2012
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £80,000 to £90,000
  • Sector: Art, Culture & Heritage, Children & Young People, Equality & Diversity, Health, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Older People, Physical/Sensory Disability, Sport & Recreation, Volunteer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Work hours: Full Time

Job description

Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy fund, established with a £47 million endowment by the National Lottery Community Fund in 2013. We invest in happiness by funding inclusive projects that enable people and communities to be active, creative and connected and as a result to improve their wellbeing. 

Our grantees range from national organisations to small, hyper-local ones.  

Our new Chief Executive must have the vision and motivation to work alongside the Board to evolve our strategy, and the all-round operational capability to lead the executive team in delivering it into 2020 and beyond. 

The Spirit Chief Executive is accountable to the National Lottery Community Fund for our endowment.  S/he is also responsible for Spirit’s growing reputation across the grant making sector as a ‘Funder Plus’, and must share our passionate and informed commitment to process and outcomes evaluation.  S/he can expect to work closely with the Board, the Spirit senior management team and our network of external evaluation partners to build, analyse and share learning about the impact of the projects we fund on individual and community wellbeing. 

You will have a track record of successful senior leadership, and also be ready to turn your hand to anything.  Every week brings a new challenge for our small team, you will be equally happy formulating strategic planning and helping out when the team needs all hands on deck.

If you are a proven leader, strategic thinker, strong manager and effective networker who is outcome focussed, sharing our passionate commitment to enhancing people’s wellbeing and social connectedness in genuinely inclusive ways, we’d love to hear from you. 

You can find the full job description here.

Closing date: 5pm, Monday 29 April 2019 

Shortlisted candidates will hear from us by Wednesday 8 May

A panel of four Spirit Directors will interview shortlisted candidates at Somerset House on Monday 13 May. This date is fixed. 

Possible second interview: Friday 24 May 2019

To apply, please send a letter of no more than 750 words and a CV to by the closing date of 5pm on Monday 29 April.  

If you’d like to know more about the role or the appointment process, or would just like an informal chat, please contact