Helen McEachern
Chief Executive Officer

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in working with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. I’m incredibly excited to share with you our hopes and goals for the organisation.

I believe the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is an extraordinary organisation. Over the last ten years we have developed a unique approach to international development and women’s rights which brings together participatory approaches, technology and an influential network of partners to empower women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries to fulfil their potential. We are not a traditional charity. We are consistently exploring new ways to bring development to the people we serve.

Since I joined the Foundation in July 2017, I’ve led the team through a deep review of our strategy and structure. We are now ready to embark on an exciting period of growth in the scale and impact of our programmes, our income and the capacity of our team. We have ambitious goals. Since we were established in 2008, we have impacted the lives of over 141,000 women. We are now aiming to reach more than 250,000 women by 2022. 

Women’s economic empowerment is one of the biggest challenges – and opportunities - of our time. Whilst many aspects of gender inequality are improving, progress on economic equality is painfully slow. At the Foundation we focus on bridging this gap in a specific way: by empowering women entrepreneurs. Our strength is that we recognise women’s entrepreneurship in all its diverse forms. Our programmes support own account workers in rural drought-affected villages, refugees caught in complex situations, and women owners of small and growing enterprises in thriving urban centres. We recognise that entrepreneurship is an increasingly important route to financial security and self-fulfilment for women across the globe, and that women entrepreneurs generate a massive ripple effect for their families, communities and economies.

Working with our global network of partners, we create a blend of services that enable women to build the crucial elements they need to be successful. These elements include confidence, knowledge and skills, as well as access to markets, financial services and networks. Our support is delivered in a range of ways, from traditional face-to-face teaching to online platforms and mobile apps. Our new strategy will develop and diversify these approaches, creating opportunities to increase our impact and improve our sustainability so we can reach many more women and girls around the world.

We’d love you to join us on this journey. I can’t wait to meet you.

Best wishes,

Helen McEachern

Chief Executive Officer