Role Title: CEO Volunteer
Location: Home/Online (Teesside area for meetings)
About Tees Valley Buddies:
Tees Valley Buddies is a brand new (registered Nov 2020) and exciting charity that has been
set up by Neurodiverse people for Neurodiverse people across the Tees Valley. We believe
that differences like autism and dyslexia and ADHD do not mean that people cannot thrive
and be successful and effective individuals.
We aim to provide individuals with the skills and opportunities to thrive and achieve
whatever they set out to do and help them find their place as valued members of their
community and society.
Tees Valley buddies are looking for a new CEO who will take the lead in driving forward a
new exciting and challenging neurodiverse charity with passion and enthusiasm. You will be
an exceptional leader that can embrace challenges and empower high performing teams
from staff and volunteers through visible, collaborate and visionary leadership.
You will be committed to our vision, mission, and values. We are looking for someone who
feels passionate about neurodiversity and driven towards making a massive difference in
the lives of all neurodivergent people living in Tees Valley.
As Chief Operating Officer you will take on strategic responsibility for the delivery of the full
breadth of work. This post will work directly with the founder to design organisational
strategy and closely with the senior management team to ensure delivery. You will lead on
the development and delivery of operational plans, delivering growth, ensuring that income
targets are achieved and all outcomes are delivered on time. You will also work closely with
the Board of Trustees and manage a team management team.
About you:
To be successful in the role of Chief Operating Officer you will have extensive experience at
a senior level.
You will also have the following essential skills and experience:
  • The ability to build significant relationships with the directors, managers and external key stakeholder
  • A thorough understanding of the charity’s areas of work and the sectors they work in
  • Substantial commercial acumen
  • High levels of financial literacy
  • Excellent project management skills
  • External business development skills
  • Experience of the delivery of annual business plans.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Reporting to the Board of Trustees, lead the operation and continued development
  • of TVB’S
  • Provide inspirational leadership and management to the Executive Management
  • Team and inspire and support all staff and volunteers in their work
  • Ensure the effective impact of TVB’s services, and that their outcomes are
  • measured, understood, disseminated and Supported by the Board, maintain,
  • develop, and deliver a robust and rolling long-term strategy for TVB’S focused on its
  • impact, resilience and sustainability
  • Supported by the Board, ensure robust governance structures and policies and
  • procedures for TVB’S which ensure legal compliance and alignment with best
  • practice.
  • Ensure the financial stability of the Charity through sound financial planning, risk
  • and business management and income generation
  • Promote the Charity’s services, working effectively with the Charity’s partners, supporters and funders, and at all times be an ambassador for TVB’s work.
  • Person Specification
We are seeking candidates for the CEO role with the following personal qualities and skills:
Personal Qualities
 • Honesty and integrity
 • Demonstrate a strong passion and commitment to the Charity, its values and aims
 • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities
 • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively
 • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment
 • Innovative and flexible in responding to challenges
 • Self-motivated and organised, with an attention to detail
 • A strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion Experience
 • Successful track record of senior level management.
 • Leadership experience in charity, public or private sectors.
 • Experience of financial management and operating budgets
• Experience of staff management and development
• A successful record of strategic development, change management and innovation
Knowledge and skills
• Broad knowledge and understanding of the charity sector and current issues affecting it
 • An understanding of the policy context, including funding context, in which TVB’s
 • Strong leadership skills, ability to motivate staff and volunteers and bring people together
 • Excellent communication skills, orally and in writing, including speaking to large audiences
 • Financial management skills and a broad understanding of charity finance issues
 • Good understanding of, and confidence with, IT and digital resources
 • Understanding of charity governance and legal requirements
 • Evidence of continuing professional development Applicants must be UK resident and have a
full, valid driving licence.
The role is currently voluntary although there may be scope in the future to offer some
remuneration. We welcome applications from outside the charity sector, and pride
ourselves on being a flexible and supportive employer. We would particularly be interested
in hearing from those who are either Neurodivergent themselves or have lived experience
of Neurodiversity but a sound knowledge and understanding of accounting is the key
requirement. Training in aspects of inclusion and Neurodiversity can be offered if needed
and you will have access to any other training offered to team members.

To apply: 

In the first instance, please either email our CEO Annemarie Head ( for an informal chat, or message us via our Facebook pages.