£40,760 pro rata (Initial two year FTC)

Who are We?  

The Hollow Lane Club is a registered charity and has been running specialised out of school clubs for children with disabilities since 2001, supporting children and young people with complex disabilities. Our clubs provide opportunities for children and young people to socialise and engage in fun and recreational activities with support and guidance from our play workers. Activities are run at Ellen Tinkham School in Exeter and at Bidwell Brook School in Dartington. A recent Ofsted report described us as “providing children with the very best play and learning experiences they possibly can, laughing and giggling can be heard throughout the club, as children enjoy their activities with each other and staff” 

We are now ready to appoint our first Chief Executive Officer to help us to build on our successes and take us on the next step of our journey.

What will we expect from you?  We need you to:-

  • Oversee the strategic direction of the charity and promote its interests, aims and values.
  • Ensure systems and structures are in place for the Trustees to fulfil The Hollow Lane Club’s responsibilities.
  • Provide inspirational leadership to colleagues
  • Act as an ambassador for The Hollow Lane Club
  • Ensure the ongoing sustainability of the Hollow Lane Club
  • Be responsible for all operational activities

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking to appoint a well-organised, highly literate and confident individual with initiative to take responsibility for the role of CEO.   We need someone who is curious, confident and resilient and who demonstrates compassion and empathy. 

You will have knowledge of the charity or voluntary sector with specific understanding of health, education and social care  and knowledge of best practice and procedures for safeguarding young people

Significant recent experience in senior management or organisational leadership and experience in strategic planning, financial management and human resources management is also important to us. 

We are working with our Recruitment Partner, Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment, who will support us to identify and appoint the right person for this role.  Further information about the role and how to apply can be found in our information pack.


Base:         Exeter

Hours:       Part time, 22.2 hours per week

Salary:     £53,000 to £58,000 per annum FTE (depending on experience)

About EDP

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services is a thriving charity currently providing services across Devon and Dorset, in the community and within prisons. We offer a number of dynamic and innovative initiatives which work alongside people to improve their wellbeing, social connections and employability. We’re passionate about supporting individuals who face complex issues, including substance misuse, mental ill health, and other harmful, addictive and offending behaviour, to improve their lives. The fundamental belief underpinning our work is that, given the right support and resources, people can and do make remarkable changes.

We are now looking for an outstanding leader to join our dynamic and high performing directorate team to manage the delivery of financial accountability and central support services for our charity. You’ll lead and direct staff across our central support team including Finance, Human Resources and IT ensuring that they are effective in carrying out their responsibilities and are working productively together to meet the needs of our service. 

As part of this role, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that EDP meets its statutory obligations, including liaising with external auditors to guarantee that EDP’s accounts meet Companies House and Charity Commission requirements. You’ll also make sure that our services meet contractual, national, and internal KPIs and targets.

An innovative thinker, you’ll review processes and systems to meet the changing needs of the organisation, allowing EDP to develop and improve. You will use your financial expertise to inform the financial viability of our bids and tenders.  

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for a leader with significant experience of financial and strategic management at a senior level. You’ll have contributed to organisational/service change and development and will have significant previous experience of being involved in the mobilisation of new services. 

A robust understating of finance is key to success in this role and we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are qualified members of a recognised accounting body. However, the role will also involve management of a multi-disciplinary team, so sound knowledge and understanding across a range of areas including employment legislation, regulatory frameworks, quality and governance frameworks including charity accounting, and selecting IT systems would also be beneficial. 

We’re looking for a strong communicator, who can interact confidently and effectively with key internal and external stakeholders, including those at a senior level. You’ll value partnership working, and will be able to demonstrate your commitment to, and experience of, partnership management. 

EDP can offer you a real opportunity for new, challenging and highly rewarding experiences. In return for your commitment and enthusiasm, we offer a comprehensive training & development programme, a generous leave package, pension scheme, and a positive, dynamic working environment.

EDP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting – details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed.

Please apply by sending your CV to Jackie Dawkins (