February 12, 2016 – Russell Reynolds Associates is leading the search for a new chief executive officer for Save the Children UK. Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children UK since 2010, announced he is leaving the charity. Tanya Steele, executive director of marketing, fundraising and communications, will serve as interim CEO until a full time replacement is named.
The incoming CEO will be a committed believer in the rights and potential of children, according to the organization. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished leader with the ability to balance internal and external aspects of the role. Internally, the CEO will support the continuing development of a high-performing team and ensure program excellence. Externally, he or she will be a compelling advocate, coalition-builder, and fundraiser for the organization, working with partners in government and the private sector. “The CEO will be the principal face and voice of the organization in its engagement with supporters,” according to the job specification.
Save the Children UK is a member of the Save the Children Alliance. It designs, develops, and commissions programs delivered by Save the Children International. Its vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation.
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Russell Reynolds Associates’ public sector, trade and associations practice group serves a wide variety of public sector and not-for-profit organizations, related public bodies, regulators, and government-owned companies. It also fills the executive leadership needs of global charities, healthcare providers, and local government and trade associations.
Within the U.K., Russell Reynolds Associates is currently leading a number of high level searches, including two managing directors for CBI as well as a fundraising director for BirdLife International. The firm was also retained by the Financial Conduct Authority to recruit three directors for its 11 member board.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media