Application Deadline

Job title: Chief Executive

Location: London

Salary: Circa £70 - £75,000 plus contributory pension

Founded in 1978 by a small group of bereaved parents devastated by the death of their babies, and by the total lack of understanding of the significance of their loss, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (Sands) has become a leading national bereavement support and research focused organisation. Sands is well known for supporting parents and families affected by the death of a baby, instilling best practice in bereavement care nationwide and promoting and funding research aimed at reducing the loss of babies’ lives. 

Sands is at an exciting stage of development. With a committed supporter base (including more than 100 volunteer support groups across the UK) and a high performing Senior Leadership Group in place, Sands is well positioned to grow in influence, revenue and stature. Following the launch of the National Maternity Review, MBBRACE-UK Enquiry into perinatal deaths and recent headline-grabbing stillbirth storyline in EastEnders the conditions are perfectly aligned for Sands to drive the public agenda to significantly reduce preventable perinatal deaths nationwide.

Now is a highly exciting and opportune moment to join and lead Sands as an organisation. We have made significant progress over the last 5 years in raising awareness of stillbirth and neonatal deaths and securing it as a priority area of focus on the public health agenda. Ministers and policymakers are now taking notice of Britain’s relative low standing in the ranking of developed nations’ infant mortality rate and show an openness to support remedial action. 

Sands is now seeking to appoint a dynamic and ambitious Chief Executive to build on firm foundations to grow the organisation in influence, profile and stature.

The successful candidate will combine significant experience of working at Chief Executive level or equivalent in a national organisation with highly effective strategy development skills, experience of leading through change, excellent communications, networking and public speaking skills and deep empathy with the work of Sands.

For further information, including the role description and job specification, and details on how to apply, please download the Appointment Details 

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 16th February.