Work Avenue, the Jewish community’s leading employment and business support organisation, is searching for a new Chief Executive.

Current CEO Debbie Sheldon, who has worked for the charity since its inception in 2006, is leaving to make Aliyah. Debbie will finish up her role in May, before moving to Israel with her family in the summer.

Work Avenue Chair Mark Morris said: “We are seeking a dependable, visionary and inspirational leader who will build on Debbie’s success and seize the opportunity to take Work Avenue to the next level, ensuring we can assist everyone, at any life stage, throughout the UK.

“We welcome innovation, as well as the passion, charisma, confidence, drive and relevant expertise to achieve further success, scaling up the organisation without compromising on the quality and individualism of our services.”

Applications for the role are open until Tuesday 6 April with a new CEO to be appointed by the end of April to allow a handover period.

Debbie has held every position in Work Avenue from receptionist to adviser to marketing manager before being appointed CEO four years ago.

She said: “I have truly loved every moment of my fifteen years at Work Avenue, and each of the roles I have held. During that time, I have seen Work Avenue grow and develop from a desk, chair and notebook – but with big ideas and ambitions – to an organisation that reaches and delivers right across our wonderful community, helping people earn a living to support themselves and their families.

“At the same time, there is so much more to be done. The impact of the pandemic and the economic indicators tell us that Work Avenue’s services are more in demand than ever before.  I am sure that whoever takes over will work with our passionate and caring team to meet the challenges of times, ensuring no one faces the indignity of poverty through a loss of income.”