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Executive Assistant - CEO Office

Vacancy Salary 32,131.20 to 34,671.28 per annum inclusive of London weighting
Vacancy Location London
Type of engagement: Full-Time
Hours per week: 35 hours per week

This is a Permanent, 35 hours per week vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Executive Assistant – CEO Office

London - Fixed based or Agile, Permanent, Full time

We’re Rethink Mental Illness and Mental Health UK (MHUK) - two leading mental health charities who’ve been supporting people with their mental health for over 50 years.  No matter how bad things are, we help people severely affected by mental illness to improve their lives and we’re on a mission to bring about meaningful change, through our services, groups and ground-breaking campaigns. As leading charity providers of mental health support and services in the UK, people living with mental illness and those who care for them are at the heart of everything we do. We know, from our vast experience, that people severely affected by mental illness can have a good quality of life. With your support, we will make that possible.

Our Chief Executives’ Office co-ordinates the work of the two charities to ensure appropriate organisational strategies and plans are both developed and delivered to meet the objectives of Rethink Mental Illness and MHUK to ensure everyone severely affected by mental illness has a better quality of life. It also ensures that the charities meet all of their legal obligations and that they are both effective and sustainable. 

As an Executive Assistant you will provide ongoing support for the Chief Executives’ Private Office to ensure the smooth-running function of the office. You will be responsible for co-ordination and minuting of meetings including Executive Team, quarterly Advisory Board meetings and other cross directorate management meetings as required.

The role will also involve providing diary management for the Chief Executives, including organising travel and accommodation; liaising with the Head of the Private Office to ensure the Chief Executives have appropriate briefings for meetings, speeches, conferences, and events as well as coordinating the high level and sensitive correspondence of the Private Office (including email, letters and relevant social media).

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced EA to take the next step in their career supporting two Chief Executives who work closely together but have different working styles.  It is a multi-faceted role offering lots of opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the work of the CEO office including leading on specific projects and assisting in the organisation of special events including the AGM.

See attached job description for more details about the role.

What we are looking for:

  • experience working as an Executive Assistant.
  • extensive experience of general administration with effective knowledge of administration practices.
  • experience of working as part of a team and work proactively and collaboratively with others.
  • strong organisational and time management skills.

You may also have experience, skills and knowledge related to:

  • The charity sector
  • Shorthand
  • Supporting of governance and working with a Board.

Face to face interviews will be held on 28 February 2023 and 1 March 2023.

Rethink Mental Illness are an organisation whose common purpose is to help those who are severely impacted by mental illness. 

​If you, would you like to work for a leading mental health charity in a rewarding role where you will really make a difference, then join us here at Rethink Mental Illness.

We are looking for people who live and breath our Rethink Mental Illness’ values of Understanding, Expertise, Commitment, Hope, Passion and Openness.

We do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Please see further details on our Website

You can also follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram and LinkedIn to find out more about the work we do!

Don’t meet all requirements?

If the role sounds exciting to you but your experience, skills or qualifications don’t exactly match every single requirement, we would still encourage you to apply, you may be just the right person for our position!

 Caring for our people.

We offer a wide range of support. Some of our benefits include:

  • PULSE – your rewards, wellbeing, and benefits platform. Providing access to thousands of discounts and benefits including cashback; reloadable cards; savings etc.
  • Wellbeing support: Our Wellbeing hub that gives physical, and mental health support. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme with access to appointments
  • Taking time for you: we work flexibly –you get to choose where you work, managing your own diary. We have generous annual leave, starting at 25 rising to 30 days, plus bank holidays, as well as your birthday off.
  • Planning for the future: We have a contributory pension scheme.
  • Structured Induction: Onboarding you into the Charity supporting your wellbeing along the way.
  • £300 when you introduce a Friend: receive up to £300 when you introduce a friend or family member

 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Diversity is important to us and we appreciate difference through difference, inclusiveness and belonging. It gives us a deeper understanding of the world, our society and the diverse communities we’re working with. By including everyone, we are able to draw on the unique experiences and expertise of our people to help shape and enrich our workplace and improve our services. One way we are doing is through our valued staff networks which play a critical and highly valued role in keeping us focused on creating a diverse, inclusive and engaged employer.  We recognise and support staff networks for our Black, Asian and minority ethnic and our LGBTQIA+ colleagues. We are also proud to have been awarded Disability Confident Employer status and are a signatory to the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter.

 Becoming a truly anti-racist organisation

We have an ambition of become a truly anti-racist employer, campaigning organisation and service provider - and in our efforts to influence policy and wider societal factors impacting on mental health set out in our anti-racist statement We have designed a multi-year anti-racist programme of work contained in our Race Equality Action Plan which demonstrate our intention to hold ourselves accountable and be judged on our progress on becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

We therefore actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or questioning), Intersex and (asexual) (LGBTQIA+), people with a disability, and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

 The Recruitment Advisor looking after this role is Sarah Nicole Birch. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to drop her an email at

Our work to achieve this is guided by seven core values:

  • Commitment
  • Equity
  • Expertise
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Passion
  • Understanding


We are passionate about leading the way to a better quality of life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.


We work tirelessly to provide support for everyone severely affected by mental illness.


We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.


We offer hope of a better quality of life for all those severely affected by mental illness.


We constantly use our expertise to provide practical and personal support for people who are severely affected by mental illness.


People who are severely affected by mental illness are at the heart of everything we do in our organisation – our membership, our governance and our workforce.


We believe that in a world where discrimination and disadvantage exist, treating people with equity is critical to ensure justice and fairness for all.


We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development, and a range of e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

Employer funded pension



Employee Assistance Programme

Eyecare vouchers

up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses

Training opportunities

e-learning courses & much more


25 days rising to 30, plus bank holidays


1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday


Reward, Benefits and Recognition Platform

Employee Assistance Programme

Rethink day

1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday

For the full list, see our website here.

“From the very start I was made to feel welcome and respected in my new team. In the short time I have been working with Rethink Mental Illness as a service administrator I have been able to contribute ideas and make meaningful change, and I appreciate that Rethink allows me to direct my own role development and help me build on the skills I want to work on.”

“Working for Rethink Mental Illness is the most rewarding job I could ask for. As a Peer and Volunteer Co-ordinator I get to work with a huge variety of people, with a range of skills and support them to incorporate those skills into their volunteering roles. I am always looking for gaps that need filling and creating new and exciting opportunities that will benefit our service, mental health in the community, but most importantly the people giving up their time to help.”

“I’ve previously worked in a large corporate environment, in the criminal justice sector and other charities. Without a shadow of a doubt, Rethink Mental Illness has been the best employer I’ve ever had. They care about their staff. Its great working with like-minded people and knowing that you are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

“It feels very rewarding to be part of such a meaningful Organisation where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to make a difference”.

Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we, therefore, encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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