Chief Executive Officer Job Vacancy

May 17, 2021

The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) is an influential charitable organisation working in the UK and internationally, with an enviable reputation for working tirelessly in support of children and their families to help them recover from the effects of child abuse and sexual exploitation both online and offline.

Following the retirement of MCF’s founder and CEO, Tink Palmer MBE, an opportunity exists to inspire and lead our small but highly dedicated team. The Charity’s vision is to ensure that all children who suffer sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE) via the internet and otherwise are supported to recover and live safe and fulfilling lives free from fear and positive about their future. Our aim is to ensure that the response to children and their families who have suffered harm via the internet and mobile technologies is based on sound, evidence-based practice. Our objective is to increasingly expand our global reach as the challenges of online CSAE are realised worldwide by focusing on four key themes which form the strands of our strategic plan 2020-2025, namely Advocacy, Education, Innovation and Recovery.

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic leader who can inspire and lead our committed staff group and who can work with our Trustees to deliver our 5-year strategy.

Whilst we need someone who understands our work, our particular focus is on finding an individual with demonstrable skills in the fields of charity/third sector leadership, including public speaking on behalf of the charity with government, media and other key stakeholders, in addition to proven fundraising experience from foundations, government departments and private donors.

If you have a genuine passion to make a positive difference to children’s lives and want the opportunity to experience unrivaled job satisfaction, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Job Title

Chief Executive Officer


This is a UK based role. The MCF office is near Ripon – the postholder may work from their home location with the expectation that s/he attends the office on a regular basis.


£48,000 - £53,000 (depending on experience)

Working hours

This is a full-time position (37.5 hours a week). The pattern of hours may vary according to operational needs and international travel requirement where appropriate.

Contract Type

Permanent, enhanced DBS required.

Annual Leave

27 days per annum plus statutory holidays

Closing date

30th June 2021

Interview date and information

Shortlisting 1st -2nd July Initial interview via video conference week commencing 5th July (during the virtual interview you will be asked to deliver a presentation after which there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Second round interview (in person) at MCF Offices (COVID-19 compliant) week commencing 12th July.

The Board is committed to improving its gender and ethnic representation; as such, diversity will be an important consideration for the Board in its decision-making process.

Contact and information

For further information, informal discussion or to request an application form please e-mail or telephone 01765 688827.

Currently due to COVID-19 and homeworking there is an answerphone service on the main office number. If you leave a brief message we will direct your call and ask one of the team to contact you.

All applications must be made by completing an application form, CVs will not be accepted.

The Marie Collins Foundation is an equal opportunities employer.

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