I am delighted that you are interested in leading the Early Intervention Foundation as Chief Executive. 

We are an independent charity and What Works Centre, championing and supporting the use of effective early intervention for children with signals of risk.

After four years led by our founding Chief Executive, Carey Oppenheim, we have established ourselves as a respected leader in our field and we are ambitious to build on this and do more.

We are now transitioning from a ‘start-up’ into the next phase of our development, and we are looking for a Chief Executive who will drive forward our agenda – disseminating and driving the adoption of our evidence base to change practice and policy at a national and local level. 

We need someone who will speak fluently and convincingly about early intervention, with an appetite to build on our existing relationships in government and beyond. Your ability to navigate this complex stakeholder landscape, while also strengthening our organisational capability and performance, will be vital.

This is an intellectually challenging role, giving you the opportunity to lead an organisation with an influential trustee board, and an expert and committed staff team. If you share my passion for making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people nationwide, then please do read on. 

Best wishes,

Dame Clare Tickell, Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation


Dame Clare Tickell

ABOUT Early Intervention Foundation

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) was set up in 2013, following the recommendation made in Early Intervention: The Next Steps, a report by Graham Allen MP that was commissioned by the Coalition Government in 2010.  The new organisation was launched by David Cameron at No 10 Downing Street and funded by four government departments for an initial period of three years.  EIF has always had a strong relationship both with the centre of government and politics as well as with localities driving early intervention on the ground.

We are an independent charity with a mission to champion and support the effective use of early intervention for children with signals of risk.  We are also one of the government’s network of seven What Works Centres.  This commits us to generating robust evidence of what works with a robust cost benefit analysis to guide policy makers, commissioners and practitioners in our field to help improve the life chances of children and young people. 

In many ways 2016/17 marked the organisation’s transition out of start-up phase.  We secured significant further funding, from both government and other sources, which was a mark of confidence in the organisation and the work that we do.  We are now looking to ensure that EIF responds to the new political and social context in which we are working.  This means cementing the identity and profile of EIF, demonstrating our impact and building a resilient organisation fit for the future.  But we face these challenges from a position of strength. Our financial position is good, we have a talented and committed group of staff and we are well-regarded and well-networked.  And at a time when some 2 million children and young people in the UK are living with complex problems, the need for early intervention could not be stronger.

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Established in 2013, the Early Intervention Foundation is an independent charity and What Works Centre which champions and supports the use of effective early intervention for children with signals of risk.   As well as assessing and disseminating the evidence on the effectiveness of early intervention programmes, our research and policy work aims to improve the social and emotional development of children and young people.  Our aim is to increase the amount of effective early intervention to improve outcomes for children and their families.

We now seek a new Chief Executive who can drive our next phase of development.  Working with a capable team and expert trustee board, we are looking for someone with the credibility, energy, and tenacity to continue to develop our strong and respected national profile. Building on our highly credible evidence base, your key focus will be effectively disseminating and driving adoption of this evidence to change practice and policy. You will be responsible for developing cross-cutting and multi-agency national and regional partnerships to support change. You will also support the development of diverse funding sources to build a sustainable and resilient organisation.

Our ideal candidate will be an authoritative leader with exceptional ambassadorial skills. Credible and capable of articulating the case for, and importance of, early intervention, you will bring extensive experience of managing complex stakeholders at both a national and local level. With a keen understanding of public sector delivery, you are likely to have a strong reputation in your field and will have credibility with the range of audiences with whom you will need to engage. An understanding of evidence and using this in practice will be valuable.

Alongside these outward facing skills, we need a Chief Executive who brings a breadth of experience to shape effective organisational processes and systems so that we are focused, effective and impactful as we evolve.

You will be joining us at an exciting time, leading us from start-up to a more sustainable organisation – and providing the unique opportunity to position us as the ‘go-to’ organisation in our field and one that fundamentally improves children and young people’s life chances. If this inspires you we’d like to hear from you.

Our consultants at Peridot Partners, Emma Harvey (07702 678653) and Philippa Fabry (07772 902071), can be contacted for confidential conversations about the role or via email at emma@peridotpartners.co.uk or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications:  9am, Monday 20th March 2017


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