YHA England and Wales (Youth Hostels Association) is a vibrant and ambitious charity providing young people, especially those of limited means, with an opportunity to explore our iconic countryside, towns and cities in a friendly, welcoming environment. We aim to deliver a healthy and educational guest experience with a view to positively impacting their lives, and are well on the way to our target of reaching out and enhancing the lives of 1 million young people per year.

With annual revenues approaching £50 million, and overnight stays totalling two million in 2016, YHA operates a network of around 160 sites offering Youth Hostels and alternative accommodation. We at YHA are passionate about our cause and professional in delivering results, with a relentless focus on guest experience. Above all, we cherish our 1,500 staff and volunteers who are our heartbeat.

We are now seeking a dynamic, experienced Chief Executive to lead YHA into its next period of growth and charitable impact. In this pivotal role you will need to skilfully deliver a strategic business plan combining stability and continuity with an ambitious capital strategy to deliver a further step change in the scale of YHA’s network and growth.

You will have an outstanding track record of successful and inspired leadership, and of creating and implementing organisational strategy and business models that deliver real impact and growth. You will possess strong business and financial planning skills together with the ability to build and develop high performing teams. Extensive experience gained within the not for profit and private sectors is essential.

You will be an engaging and effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills that inspire confidence, build respect and leverage support. You will bring energy to our team and will foster a culture of collaboration across the organisation, including our volunteers, which recognises and values diversity.

Above all else you will share our passion for our work and demonstrate a commitment to the core values of YHA.

For an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Juliet Taylor (020 7426 3990) or Juliet Brown (0113 205 6089).

Closing date for applications is Monday 6th March 2017.

Please note: In order to become an employee at YHA you must be able to produce evidence of your Right to Work in the UK.

YHA is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.

How to apply

Please visit our CEO recruitment site for further information on the role and to apply.