The Dundee Carers Centre is an independent organisation with charitable status and has been working with carers, young carers and disabled people for over twenty-five years. The Centre is proud of its reputation for demonstrating innovation and in supporting people to achieve their aspirations for the future. While it looks back on its record with pride, there are challenges ahead. The number of adults in need of care is expected to increase 30% by 2026 as our population ages. The financial strain on local authorities to be able to support carers and their families is going to become even more challenging meaning that the expectation on families to do more could present a limited quality of life for carers and the people they are caring for.

Research has found that 32% of carers state that caring has a negative effect on their health, and carers providing more hours of care are less likely to state that they have good or very good health. Carers Scotland found that many carers start experiencing health problems when they begin caring, and that pre-existing health problems amongst carers can become worse. Commonly carers suffer from lack of sleep, poor diet and physical injuries, particularly back injuries as well as mental health issues.

In short, the need for Dundee Carers Centre’s services can only increase and their mission become even more important. The very long-standing CEO, Lucinda Godfrey, is leaving shortly to take up a new post and the Board of Trustees is looking for an exceptional individual to take her place.

You will need to have many personal qualities as well as the right skills, knowledge and experience to be a success in this role. The Board is not necessarily looking for an experienced CEO as they have the willingness and ability to support and develop someone who is ready to step up into the Lead Officer position. However, you would need a minimum 3 years’ experience in a senior management position in a similar organisation with significant strategic and financial management acumen. You should have a deep understanding of the national policy landscape, especially self-directed support, and experience of securing income for your organisation. In terms of your personal attributes, the Centre prides itself on the caring and nurturing environment for staff as well as carers and their families. The next CEO will need to be collaborative rather than directive and be very interested in staff welfare and development.

This is a special organisation that is looking for that someone special to lead it. In return, you will get support from a high calibre and very committed Board of Trustees and staff team.

How To Apply

If this opportunity excites you and you feel you have the skills and motivation required then please contact us at to get the full candidate pack. You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Midday, Sunday 16th October

Interview Date: Wednesday, 2nd November

This search is being conducted exclusively for Dundee Carers Centre by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team has all worked extensively in and with the voluntary sector and academia and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.