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Chief Executive

Permanent | London | Six figure basic salary + bens

Ambition Institute is looking for a new, permanent Chief Executive, to take our newly merged organisation forward into the future. 

This is an exciting time to join Ambition Institute as CEO. We need a clear strategic thinker who can also implement flawlessly. This role requires the ability to respond to changing market needs, along with a laser focus on financial sustainability. Our goal continues to be to increase our impact and ensure that we are a sustainable organisation getting the best return from every penny spent in service of our mission.

It is vital that the new CEO can provide open, confident leadership, managing a complex network of relationships and motivating a talented team of programme managers and experts. They also need the ability to re-imagine digital technology’s potential to help achieve our aims. They must have credible experience of running an organisation.

In particular, our new CEO must have successfully completed a major transformation and/ or turnaround and be able to draw on that experience to inform their leadership. Ambition Institute is at a critical stage. Having completed the merger, we are undertaking an almost complete transformation of our commercial model.

If you have the range of skills needed to succeed in this demanding role, and the drive to lead a nationally-recognised charity that makes a sustainable impact on education, we look forward to hearing from you. This could be the most exciting professional challenge of your life.

Please download the job pack for more information on Ambition Institute and the CEO role.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by forwarding a full CV and two-page covering statement to our retained search partners, Dodd Partners, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.quoting reference A2991.

Candidates are asked to provide suitable daytime and evening contact numbers and email addresses.


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Managing Director

Permanent | Manchester | Circa £100,000

Our client is one of the Northwest’s most prominent education and skills businesses with a clear purpose aligned to developing the skills needed to deliver economic and social impact. This highly diverse and dynamic organisation is seeking to appoint a visionary leader with drive and determination to ensure the business remains customer centric and relevant to its market, whilst expanding its proposition to deliver long term sustainable growth.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the successful candidate will lead the business unit on a progressive development strategy, securing new revenue and delivering creative solutions which enhance the organisation’s reputation and influence across the sector. You will provide the executive with a cohesive sense of purpose, drive operational effectiveness, enhance stakeholder relations and chart a path for success within an ever complex operational and political context.

You must be able to demonstrate a track record of significant success in a high-profile leadership role with a clear focus on delivering service excellence within a similar environment. You will need to be a proven and inspirational leader with the professional credibility and commercial flair to engage and inspire. You should also be able to demonstrate the strategic capacity to understand where change is needed whilst remaining true to the core values of the business.

This is a rare opportunity to lead an important organisation on to the next level and ensure they remain influential and relevant at this time of significant market change.

To apply for this role, please forward your CV with covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Should you wish to have a confidential discussion about the role, please call John Dodd on 07545 431848.

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