Chief Executive, ILPA – job vacancy

ILPA documents

Job Title:                         Chief Executive

Responsible to:               Chair of Trustees

Location:                         Lindsey House, 40/42 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6JN

Contract type:                 4 days per week / Permanent

Flexible working:             Hybrid working – 2 days a week in the office and 2 days working from home.

Salary:                            £60,000 to £65,000 FTE per annum, depending on experience

Staff Benefits:                                                                  

  • 20 days annual leave for 4 days a week
  • 5% employer contribution to a stakeholder pension scheme
  • An employee assistance programme
  • Membership of ACEVO for the Chief Executive

Job purpose

The Chief Executive has overall responsibility for the management and strategic leadership of ILPA. The trustees have also delegated a range of matters to the Chief Executive.

  • Setting, with the Committee of Trustees, the overall direction of ILPA developing strategies and outcomes.
  • Ensuring that ILPA is accountable to its members and that they are engaged in its work.
  • Advocacy of behalf of the profession and members
  • Managing ILPA’s day to day operations.
  • Managing Human Resource matters, including managing reporting lines and working with staff, to ensure the effective running of the Secretariat. 
  • Ensuring the financial viability of ILPA.
  • Supporting the Committee of Trustees, so that the trustees can fulfil their responsibilities.

Role Description 

Strategic Leadership

  • Setting, with the Committee of Trustees, the overall direction of ILPA developing strategies and outcomes.
  • Ensuring effective tactics are in place to enable ILPA to function with consistent aims and focus, routinely reviewing activities in the light of a changing external environment.
  • Setting the public image of ILPA; acting as an ambassador.
  • Maintaining and, wherever possible, expanding ILPA’s membership, network of supporters and partners in line with the overall strategy.

People Management

  • Overall responsibility for Human Resource matters (some of which may be delegated).
  • Line managing staff and having overall responsibility for all ILPA staff (a team of 9).
  • Supervising the work of all staff including monitoring and managing staff workloads, well-being and performance.
  • Conducting regular staff appraisals.
  • Responsibility for ILPA’s Equal Opportunities and Anti Discrimination policies and procedures.

Financial Management

  • Ensuring the financial viability of ILPA and its compliance with all legal responsibilities and ILPA’s reserves policy.
  • Supervising and monitoring ILPA’s revenue from membership and training.
  • Cultivating relationships with individual funders and grant making bodies and developing relationships with potential funders.
  • Supervising and monitoring the awarding of grants through the Strategic Legal Fund, the financial due diligence of grantees and the Strategic Legal Fund budget. 
  • Supervising and monitoring ILPA’s work on securing funding for and commissioning particular projects.
  • Managing the production of annual reports.

General Management

  • Taking a proactive role in liaising with the Committee of Trustees, working groups, staff and members, in respect of the running of ILPA.
  • Taking overall responsibility for ILPA’s information dissemination, training, data management, communications and the Strategic Legal Fund.
  • Developing structures and communication within ILPA for the better achievement of its objectives.
  • Presenting and collating narrative reports for the Committee of Trustees and attendance at trustee meetings.


Essential experience, skills and knowledge:

  • Strong track record of strategic leadership within the charity.
  • Experience of strategic planning including ideally experience of developing a theory of change with the ability to assess and manage strategic risk and evaluate the impact of activities.
  • Robust financial skills including knowledge of funding sources, experience of making successful fundraising, leading an organisation through the cycle from budgeting to audit and presentation of accounts.
  • Experience or understanding of the principles of grant making, financial due diligence and executive decision making in relation to grant giving. 
  • Extensive experience of line management of staff and excellent people management skills.
  • A track record of building and leading high performing diverse teams through an inclusive and empowering leadership style.
  • Demonstrable and proactive commitment to and understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion, valuing differences to make better decisions and deliver better outcomes.
  • Experience of working successfully with a trustee board and an understanding of the role of the Chief Executive in effective governance.
  • A creative and innovative thinker who builds support for new ideas, both strategic and tactical as required, applying strong analytical skills and clear judgement.
  • An exceptional networker and communicator with excellent emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. Able to influence at the most senior levels.
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise and to work calmly under pressure.
  • Demonstrable and proactive commitment to promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law and ability to conduct advocacy on behalf of the profession.

Desirable skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge, or commitment to developing knowledge, of the legal profession and the regulatory environment in which practitioners in immigration, asylum and nationality law operate.
  • Experience of one or more of the following would be highly desirable for this role:
    • working in an organisation working with refugees and migrants;
    • working in a law firm or advice agency;
    • working in a professional membership organisation.
  • Lived experience of the UK immigration system.


To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position. 

Please send your application to (inserting “Application – CEO, ILPA” into the subject field):

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot Partners and ILPA are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.

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Closing date for applications:                       By 9am, Friday 24th June 2022

First stage interviews (virtual):                     Monday 4th July 2022

Second stage interviews (London):               From w/c Monday 11th July 2022

Document Date
Friday May 13, 2022