We are recruiting for a Chief Executive Officer for the Welsh Refugee Council

All Wales post. Based predominately in Cardiff

37½ hours per week.

Full time, permanent.

Salary c. £48,000 p.a. plus 5% pension contribution


Over the last 29 years Welsh Refugee Council has established itself as a leading third sector organisation in service delivery for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. It is well recognised and respected across the sector and its core business is:

  • To support Refugees to become integrated into Welsh society
  • To work in partnership to meet the complex needs of our service users
  • To provide education and training
  • To influence and develop policy
  • Public and stakeholder communications


We are seeking to recruit a dynamic, experienced Chief Executive Officer who will provide leadership, strategic direction and empower our successful team of staff and volunteers.  We are looking for someone with plenty of drive and initiative to deliver an innovative approach to Welsh Refugee Council’s next phase of growth and development. They will have and significant high level leadership experience in third sector and sustainable development activities. 

Our Chief Executive Officer will support the Senior Management Team to lead a diverse range of projects across the full spectrum of Welsh Refugee Council’s delivery. Given the challenging environment and new opportunities in this sector; this includes creative problem solving, strategic planning and a keen focus on sustainability. Their work is based upon sound principles, ethos and sustainability with a focus on helping Asylum Seekers and Refugees successfully achieve their full potential. 

You will have:

  • Knowledge/ experience of the third sector at a senior level
  • Suitable qualifications in a relevant discipline
  • Leadership experience as CEO or at a senior level and proven ability to motivate, develop, delegate and lead a team
  • Experience and business acumen including handling substantial budgets
  • Proven track record of managing diverse projects or a diverse organisation 
  • Demonstrable success of attracting and developing new initiatives
  • An ability to work under pressure, to tight deadlines
  • Experience of lobbying and influencing policy makers
  • Experience of achieving and implementing quality standards
  • Effective interpersonal skills to work with staff, volunteers, partners, external stakeholders and funders
  • Confident and competent leadership skills to effectively represent the organisation across Wales and possess strong negotiation skills and diplomacy
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Experience of reporting to a Board and developing good relationships with such
  • Proven track record in overseeing successful tenders and fundraising bids
  • Understanding and knowledge Charity, Employment and Equalities Legislation


You will be a forward thinking, committed and passionate individual with a true belief in the ethos of Welsh Refugee Council and service improvement.

Please apply by sending your cv and a comprehensive supporting statement outlining your skills, knowledge and experience and how these best fit with Welsh Refugee Council to:  aftab@wrc.wales

To discuss the role contact:  Harry Isles – Chairperson on 07772437468 or email: harry.iles@trustee.wrc.wales

Closing date for applications: Friday 6th December 2019 at 5pm

Interviews will be held on Monday 16th December at our Cardiff Office




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