Chief Executive Officer – Red Balloon Educational Trust


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Do you want to be a transforming force in the lives of young people?

Red Balloon is looking for a CEO who is an energetic educational leader with business acumen and a knowledge of the work of charities, to oversee the organisational development for the entire RBET network.  

The successful candidate will be fully committed to the aims of the charity, have excellent people skills, strong emotional intelligence and be calm and diplomatic.

Red Balloon Educational Trust (RBET) is a UK charity that provides an alternative provision for young people studying at KS3-4 who are unable to attend mainstream school owing to severe bullying, mental health issues, trauma or high anxiety. RBET provides tailored educational, wellbeing and social re-engagement programmes both in physical Centres and via the blended online and in-person provision.

The successful candidate will report directly to the RBET Chair and Trustees.

For the new CEO, this is a great opportunity to take a firm control of the running and development of a very special organisation and to take it to the next level by opening Centres in new locations, covering a wider geographical sphere than at present.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange an informal and confidential discussion about the post: 

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 5th March 2024.

Applications should be made electronically to RSAcademics. To submit your application, please click on “Apply Now” on the right side of this webpage and upload your documents according to the instructions provided. 

You should submit the following (both in PDF format):

  • a completed application form
  • a covering letter addressed to Carrie Herbert MBE.  The letter should explain your reasons for applying.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at: Jonathan can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383163.

  • Red Balloon Educational Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
  • Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.
  • The safeguarding responsibilities of the role are indicated in the candidate information.
  • RSAcademics is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to promoting diversity and inclusion in schools.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications

05/03/2024 10.00am

Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th March

Long list interviews with the Trustees’ panel will take place via Teams on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March

Informal short list meetings will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th March with final interviews on Wednesday 27th March