iSE | Seeking a new Chief Executive

Last year iSE’s CEO Sarah Crawley announced her plans to step down from the role she has developed so passionately for the last 21 years.

However the coronavirus pandemic hit, and Sarah stayed with iSE to ensure consistency and steer.

Now, it is time once more to begin the search for Sarah’s successor to lead iSE into its next phase of bold growth. Read on.

Chief Executive Officer


Do you have the passion, energy and drive to grow the social enterprise sector in Birmingham and beyond?

We are looking for a CEO to be responsible for the day to day running of Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE), a strong and vibrant “can do” organisation with a reputation for innovation, responsiveness, quality and excellent customer service.

Location: Birmingham (In the current Covid 19 environment the majority of work is undertaken from home by the CEO and other staff members)

Hours: 37.5 hrs per week full time (open to consideration of flexible hours)

Salary: £60,000 p.a. plus discretionary performance bonus

Contract: Permanent

Benefits: 5% self-contribution and 5% company contribution, 35 days per annum including 8 bank holidays.

Closing Date: Friday 12th March 2021 at 12 noon

Interviews: From 18th March 2021 onwards


The Role

The CEO will lead iSE through its next phase of bold growth, have responsibility for strategic direction and financial sustainability and will run both the Digbeth Social Enterprise Hub and the Sparkbrook Women’s Community and Enterprise Hub.

You will be an inspirational and motivational lead voice for social enterprise supporting initiatives such as ‘Birmingham as a social enterprise city’, CityDrive and the ‘Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter’.


About You

As CEO, you will be focused on continuous improvement and will be empowered to “think outside the box” as you lead the organisations through a complex and ever-changing social enterprise and businesses support landscape and in pursuit of opportunities for the growth of business for the sector. This particularly applies in the current Covid 19 and post-Covid 19 environments.

You will have:

– A first degree in an appropriate discipline or relevant experience

– Proven experience of leading a successful business as CEO or in another senior management position

– A background in social enterprise or trading charity leadership with strong leadership experience

– Proven experience in leading and motivating a diverse group of staff in values led businesses

– Proven experience in leading on and writing successful bids

– Demonstrable experience in informing and influencing programmes and policy development

– Proven, successful experience in assessment and management of business risk

– Commercial and revenue generation acumen, including experience in developing profitable strategies and implementing vision

In return, you will have the privilege to work with and support a team of highly talented and committed professionals who are motivated and energised by our achievements to date and the opportunities available to us.


About the Organisation

iSE is a B2B social enterprise whose purpose is to grow the social enterprise sector in Birmingham, West Midlands and beyond. We provide high quality support and services to social enterprises and trading third sector organisations across every stage of the social entrepreneurial journey from engagement of citizens and communities through to high end business growth.  We aim to be a leading social enterprise in terms of ensuring that it implements and encourages others to follow best practice in this field.

iSE commits that all existing and potential employees receive equal consideration and is committed to the elimination of unlawful or unfair discrimination. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and in particular those from Black, Asian and other ethnic groups who may experience racism in our society.


 Important documents

CEO JD for website

ISE Job Applicant Privacy Notice


How to apply

To apply for this role please submit a CV with a covering letter (of no more than 500 words) setting out how you meet the person specification for the role. Please also let us know if you require any special provision should you be called for interview.

Finally, please ensure that you have included all relevant contact details and set out any dates when you will not be available for interview.

Please send your CV and covering letter by email to: by 12 noon on Friday 12th March 2021.

No agencies please.