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RICE is seeking a dynamic Chief Executive to help us deliver our strategic direction and continue to develop and shape our organisation for the future. You will lead the organisation to the next stage of our growth, building on the current 5 year strategy. You will have excellent communication skills in order to engage our stakeholders, older people, Trustees, staff, volunteers, funders and partner organisations.

You will work closely with and have line management responsibility for the Senior Management Team made up of the Medical Director, Fundraising Manager, Finance Manager and HR and Office Manager. You will work with the RICE Trustees and be accountable to them via the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Part of your role will be to explore closer working relationships with our current partners and in doing so you will be required to deal with complex organisations and develop new partnerships ensuring they are all of benefit to our service users and to RICE.


Key objectives of the job

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership to the operation and development of RICE.
  • To ensure that RICE is meeting its charitable purpose and delivers the benefits it sets out to.
  • To work effectively with the Board of Trustees ensuring systems are in place for it to fulfil its statutory requirements and exercise effective governance of the charity. 
  • To be the ambassador and external face of the organisation – building on existing partnerships and exploring new partnerships and funding opportunities.
  • To take overall responsibility for the organisation achieving, monitoring and reporting on performance against targets in all areas of the charity’s activities.

RICE – The Research Institute for the Care of Older People has been helping older people live better lives since 1985. Our vision is to be recognised as one of the leading medical research charities into the medical problems of older age, in particular dementia and other neurocognitive diseases and their diagnosis, treatment and support; to work collaboratively to find new drug and non-drug treatments and ultimately to find a cure.


The RICE strategy 2020 – 2024 focuses on excellence, partnership, and growth. It will guide our work over the next five years. Our clinical and research activities continue to be at the heart of our work. The strategy seeks to build on previous efforts to grow and expand the breadth of our activities beyond dementia to other conditions in older age and the relationship between them. Our research priorities for 2020 – 2024 will focus on thinking clearly, moving well and staying strong – dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and muscle and bone health.


RICE is currently undergoing a period of change.  The founding Director is retiring from his full time role with the Charity after 35 years.  A new management structure will place the CEO at the head of the organisation. The challenge for RICE going forward will be to expand our research capacity and grow the charity in a tough economic climate whilst achieving a balanced and sustainable income structure. The CEO will lead us though this period of change and development.


How to apply:  For a full job description and person specification please visit:

Please submit a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role to


Closing date: Midnight 10th September 2021

Interview date: 30th September and 1st October





Chief Executive Officer




37.5 hours p.w.

Contract Type:

Full time, permanent position


Our Bath Office

Close Date:

Thursday, 9 September 2021

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