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Chief Executive Officer

About the role

In Celtic mythology, the Rowan tree was known as the Travellers’ Tree because it prevented people on a journey from getting lost. Rowan Alba aims to do just that.

Rowan Alba cares passionately about the services it delivers providing marginalised and sometimes misunderstood individuals in Scotland with a home for life. Rowan Alba offers a broad range of services including its highly respected Community Alcohol Awareness Service (CARDS), Supported Accommodation, One to One Support and the Rowan Alba Learning Centre. A new Chief Executive Officer is sought to lead the passionate and empathetic Rowan Alba team comprising support workers, leaders, coordinators, peers and volunteers all of whom are committed to ending homelessness.

All of Rowan Alba’s services are framed around addressing the issue of social isolation by offering tailored one to one support and by accepting people as they are. This is supported by the organisation’s values of acceptance, support and inclusion.

The founding CEO of the organisation is planning to step down in 2023 following 25 years of commitment to the growth of the charity and its services. Rowan Alba therefore seek a new CEO who will bring experience and knowledge, a deep commitment to the strategy and values of the organisation and a proven ability to work independently at a senior level.

Candidates should be experienced in working in a multi-disciplinary and complex stakeholder landscape and will have a record of achievement at a senior level in a high-profile voluntary, commercial or public organisation. Candidates will also be confident in being an ambassador for the organisation seeking to persuade and influence in public spheres. Experience in the social housing sector while of significant interest, is not essential.

You will be working with a focussed and experienced team who are passionate about tackling homelessness and the work that Rowan Alba delivers. Rowan Alba’s desire is for the incoming CEO to be a ‘brand builder’ and a driven individual who wants to make their mark in the sector, acting as a representative for the organisation and driving its growth.

You can download a full candidate brochure here.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to Ailsa Sutherland, Director at FWB Park Brown at or for an initial confidential discussion please call our Edinburgh office on 0131 539 7087.