Livingston James retained by Apex Scotland to appoint new Chief Executive

*Please note this opportunity is now closed to further applications. Should you be interested in similar roles and wish to have an exploratory discussion, please contact Douglas Adam at [email protected].


Apex Scotland (Apex) is a specialist organisation that, for over 30 years, has focused on addressing the personal development, employment and training needs of people who have come into conflict with the law. Our core mission is to support people to aim higher, behave differently and change their future, whilst also contributing to a Scotland that is fair, just and safe.

As our new Chief Executive, you will work closely with a relatively new, enthusiastic and ambitious Board to agree the core focus and future strategic direction of the organisation, delivering real value to those people who are most in need of our services. This will include the development of a new strategic plan, identifying opportunities to diversify income streams and overseeing the development of services that encompass trauma-informed practices and meet both the current and future needs of all the people that Apex Scotland serves.

Ensuring Apex continues to play a leading role in developing and shaping policy, including involvement in the Scottish Government’s conversation on the future of criminal and community justice, the new Chief Executive will also build networks and develop strategic partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders. This will ensure Apex continues to promote desistance and enables those people who are the most disadvantaged and disengaged from society to re-engage and work towards a positive future.

An innovative, solutions-focused and visionary leader, you will be able to demonstrate a proven track record in the development and delivery of both strategic and operational business plans and policies to achieve an organisation’s vision and growth. As an accomplished communicator, you will have demonstrable credibility when engaging with both internal and external stakeholders, coupled with the ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, create alliances and encourage increased collaboration. The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate strong political acuity coupled with knowledge of, or the ability to quickly gain an understanding of the regulatory and wider policy landscape in relation to justice in Scotland.

This role will be both rewarding and challenging as we continue to face the difficult financial constraints that the whole of the Third Sector has been experiencing, but if you share our passion to empower people to believe in the possibility of change and the prospect of directly shaping the future of our organisation excites you, we would welcome an application.

NB: Apex embrace agile working and whilst the organisation is headquartered in Edinburgh the successful candidate would not be required to be in the office on a full-time basis

For more information on this role, please review the full role profile below or contact Douglas Adam at Livingston James, our retained recruitment partner via [email protected]

Apex is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified  and  eligible  candidates  regardless  of  sex,  race,  disability,  age,  sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

Apex – Chief Executive Role Profile


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