Chief Executive Officer - DBE Services

Posted 15 days agoExpires in 11 days
circa £75,000

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the key employee of DBE Services. In keeping with the vision of the company, they have strategic oversight of all areas of work and management responsibility for its staff and operations. They are responsible for ensuring that the services offered by the company are delivered to a high quality and for the development, sustainability and growth of the company. They are also responsible for providing an integrating vision for the company’s work and for leading it, under the Board of Directors’ guidance, in responding to new challenges and opportunities. They are responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key partners and stakeholders.


  • To act as Company Secretary and to ensure that DBE Services is compliant with company law and the conduct of the business of the Board of Directors is undertaken professionally, to a high standard, and to the satisfaction of the Chair and Directors.
  • To advise the Chair on matters within the Board’s responsibilities.

Management and Finance

  • Direct the company in keeping with the vision outlined for the company by the Board of Directors.
  • Partner with high-level officers to grow the company, strengthen it and ensure its sustainability.
  • To have management responsibility for all staff employed by the company, all staffing and employment matters and to conduct annual appraisals of those staff.
  • Oversee quality control throughout the company, establishing goals for each area of work to meet the overall strategic plan.


  • To produce and implement a strategic plan that meets the company’s vision.
  • To maintain an overview of developments in all areas of work undertaken by the company.
  • To take a lead in responding creatively to new income-generating opportunities or challenges affecting the company’s work, including those that may arise from Government policy and the expansion of the company’s work into dioceses not initially involved with DBE Services and with community schools and academies.

Co-operation and Partnership

  • To have a particular responsibility for the company’s relationship with the Diocesan Boards of Education and their staff in all partner dioceses.
  • To ensure that the company develops and maintains good working relationships with other key partner organisations, including the National Society, the DfE, local authorities and other providers of education services, including other dioceses and denominations involved in the provision of schools

Who we are looking for:

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate a strong passion and commitment to the company, its values and aims.
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal and relationship building abilities.
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively.
  • Ability to work independently and to foster and promote a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Problem-solving, with good analytical skills.
  • Innovative and flexible in responding to challenges.
  • A strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.


  • Successful track record of senior-level management.
  • Current or recent successful experience in a senior management role in an organisation involved with education.
  • Leadership experience in industries and sectors involved in education.
  • Experience of financial management and operating budgets.

Knowledge and skills

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the church school sector and specifically capital work and property management within that sector.
  • A strong understanding and knowledge of the structures of the Church of England, particularly relating to its role in education.
  • Ability to work effectively with the company’s clients and partner Diocesan Boards of Education.
  • Ability to implement and manage contractual relationships.
  • An understanding and knowledge of primary and secondary education, including the character and contribution of Church of England schools.
  • Strong sympathy with the aims and ethos of Church of England schools.

DBE Services offers property management, school improvement and education training services to schools across the north of England. The right candidate will have a vision for growth, development and innovation and experience of capital work and property management in the education sector, including the voluntary aided sector.

The company is owned by a number of Northern Church of England Dioceses and was founded to offer support services to church schools and community schools in the North.

Interviews date: 2nd December 2021

For more information visit and or for an informal conversation about the role contact Peter Ballard, CEO DBE Services 07970 923141

Please see the Person Specification and Job Description attachments below for full details on the role.

Diversity - DBE Services believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds

All interviews will take place at Clayton House, Blackburn, BB1 2QE