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Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive Officer with health and social care charity Quarriers.  Quarriers was founded almost 150 years ago (150 years in 2021) by Victorian philanthropist William Quarrier.  The Charity plays a pivotal and life-changing role for thousands of people each year across Scotland; From Moray and Aberdeenshire in the North, to the Central Belt and the Borders, Quarriers provides a wide range of service provision across these regions. 

We are seeking a new Chief Executive Officer with outstanding leadership skills to take our organisation forward in the next stage of its development.  You will lead 1800 staff and be responsible for a budget of over £43million.  You will work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders within across Scotland and will lead the implementation of our new strategy to shape the organisation’s future.  People are Quarriers most valuable asset, demonstrated by our Care Inspectorate and Health Improvement Scotland grades, our Living Wage accreditation and our Investors in People PLATINUM status and continuing this will be a priority for the new Chief Executive Officer.

I hope that you will consider applying for this exciting position and wish you good luck.

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About Quarriers

Quarriers is one of Scotland’s leading health and social care charities. We provide practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances. We challenge poverty and inequality of opportunity to bring about positive changes in people’s lives.

We are a unique, inspirational Scottish charity which grew from one man’s vision to an organisation that supports thousands of people to reach their potential. Our fascinating history spans almost 150 years (150 years in 2021), and it all began with William Quarrier.

Quarriers people come from all backgrounds. We have a huge variety of skills and we are unified by a desire to transform lives through care and support.

96 pence out every £1 income is spent looking after people who need your help. So this income provides at-home care for adults with a disability, and helps young homeless people to live safely and securely. We run transformative services including Scotland’s only specialist epilepsy centre (William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre), and a family resource centre and nursery which helps parents to build confidence and create a better life for their families. This money really does transform lives.

When you look at Quarriers’ annual review you get an idea of the scale of the work we do. Last year we spent more than £43 million helping children, young people and families, adults with a disability or people with epilepsy and carers.

Admin and running costs are kept to a minimum. Nine out of ten of our staff delivers frontline social care services while the rest perform roles which support them. When you donate to us you are supporting a team dedicated to helping others.

Further information on Quarriers can be found by CLICKING HERE.


The Role

Chief Executive Officer
£99k plus car allowance

Quarriers is a major, Scottish health and social care charity. Founded almost 150 years ago (150 years in 2021), we are proud of our heritage.  What sets us apart today is the way in which we go further to transform the lives of the people we support, responding innovatively to their needs.  We have much to be proud of.

We are now looking forward to the next stage of Quarriers’ journey and development. This is an exciting time to join Quarriers as we approach the final stages of developing our strategy 2020.  We are looking for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the charity as we continue to undergo transformational change and development to ensure we have an established presence in communities across Scotland and transform the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Quarriers provides support to over 3,000 people in a diversity of settings, working in partnership with circa 17 Health and Social Care Partnerships.  We provide person-centred support to children and young people, families, carers, adults with disabilities and people with addictions. In partnership with the NHS, Quarriers provides assessment and diagnosis for people with complex epilepsy through The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre, Scotland’s only independent hospital for epilepsy.  The Epilepsy Centre achieved 5 star Recognition for Excellence at this year’s Quality Scotland Awards.

Quarriers employs circa 1800 staff.  Quarriers is an accredited Living Wage employer, has Investors in People PLATINUM accreditation, and is an SVQ accredited provider in addition to other awards and accreditations.

Following the announcement of Alice Harper’s intention to step down in April 2020, the Board is seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer.  This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional individual to lead and inspire an organisation, which transforms lives.

We are looking for a Chief Executive Officer who will:

This is a demanding role, requiring excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to foster good working relationships with a range of key internal and external stakeholders. You will be an effective communicator with strong empathy for Quarriers’ vision, mission and goals and an ability to communicate the vision across different audiences.

Ideally, you will be able to demonstrate a track record of leading a similar successful large diverse organisation. You will have relevant management and leadership qualifications and significant equivalent knowledge and experience to fulfil this role.

You will have a proven track record gained from exercising a lead role at senior management, CEO or Board level along with an understanding of current practice and systems of governance. This will help you to be prepared to exercise the skills and competencies required to meet the demands of the role as it continues to evolve over time.

Further information is available as follows:


How to Apply

We trust that you have found the information on this site both useful and informative. For a confidential discussion please contact Debbie Shields on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please send a comprehensive submission which should include:

These should be uploaded by clicking here

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given on their CV and supporting documents against the role description. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements.

If you have any issues uploading your application please contact Katy Gall on 0141 212 7555.



Provided below is a note of the critical dates which will help you plan your diary:

Closing date: Monday 25 November 2019

Longlist interviews: Tuesday 10 December 2019

Shortlist interviews: Monday 16 December 2019

The successful candidate will undergo a full safer recruitment process, including PVG and Disclosure.