Chief Executive Officer

Solving Kids’ Cancer Europe is a parent-led UK charity for children with the aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Approximately 100 children a year in the UK are diagnosed with this particularly devastating disease that effects very young children, and we are a growing community of parents and specialists who dedicate their time to support these children and their families, and ultimately to find treatment and cure.

Our vision is a future where no child dies of neuroblastoma and no child suffers due to its treatment. As our CEO, you will run a team that has a clear and important mission toward this future.

The role

It’s more than a CEO role. It needs someone who first and foremost has natural empathy, who genuinely cares for what is happening to our families” (team member)

The role of CEO will be both challenging and extremely rewarding. You will be running a team (approximately 12 people) of dedicated professionals and reporting into a Trustee board which has a mixture of charity and corporate expertise and parent advocates.

Your main purpose will be…

  • To oversee and nurture the team, maintaining their engagement and development and ensuring Solving Kids’ Cancer is a great place for them to enjoy doing their best work, despite its often emotionally difficult nature.
  • To drive revenue growth and operational efficiency in order to sustain our mission
  • To lead the strategic implementation of the charity
  • Responsibility for organisational governance and compliance of all relevant regulations.
  • To work closely with the Board of Trustees on ensuring strong governance, compliance and decision-making
  • To be a trusted and respectful figurehead for the charity with families, clinicians and partners

As a charity we are parent-led, which means we put parent perspective at the heart of our decision-making. This means we will need a person who can navigate multiple opinions (for example parents, non-parents, researchers, clinicians, families, other charities, etc) and role model our core values of care, hope and tenacity in some of the most testing circumstances.

This will also need a person skilled in strategy, business development and fundraising, internal and external communication, financial management, as well as core strengths in empathy, team relationships and personal resilience.


  • Experience working with a volunteer Board of Trustees or similar governance structure
  • Experience leading a team with multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Experience working within a multi-functional environment such as /including across charity, medical research, private and public sectors.
  • Experience raising operational funding and managing large budgets.
  • Experience or an understanding of working with other communications functions in a business such as marketing, research and online to achieve objectives.
  • Strong external and internal stakeholder relationship management.
  • Experience representing an organisation at a senior level.
  • Experience working within the cancer charitable sector would be beneficial but it is not essential

Instructions to apply

Applications should be in the form of a full CV and supporting letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the person specification for the post.

Please submit your application to Tom Moore by clicking here.

For the full job description, please see the attached.