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Executive Director

Bromley by Bow Centre

Are you an exceptional relationship builder and communicator who can drive efficient and effective systems and continue to build the charity’s strong creative and innovative programmes?

  • Location: East London, E3 3BT
  • Salary: £70,000, plus benefits

About the role

The Bromley by Bow Centre is a pioneering and vibrant community charity in East London which is renowned for its radical approach to health and wellbeing. It was founded 36 years ago and sits in a beautiful three-acre community park. At its heart is a partnership between a diverse community, a locally-rooted charitable organisation, a research team and one of the most progressive primary care health teams in the UK.

The charity supports families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop the confidence needed to achieve positive outcomes they may not have dreamt of. We work with the most vulnerable people in our community, those who are isolated, facing physical or mental ill health or who are lacking confidence, skills or qualifications.

The Centre delivers a diverse range of projects based on a unique model that combines social entrepreneurship, the arts, learning, social support, horticulture and holistic and integrated health programmes. We work alongside people to support transformative change in their lives and their neighbourhoods and we provide a wide variety of integrated services. This link gives an overview of services running currently under pandemic conditions.

Who we are looking for

The Executive Director is a newly created position leading a broad range of inter-connected service functions, including programmes, projects, research and knowledge share, fundraising and partnerships. The role has nine direct reports and a wider team of 85. It combines significant service delivery responsibilities across all of the organisation’s programmes, allied with overall day-to-day operational leadership. The role requires an ability to engage with multiple stakeholders and partners and requires an exceptional relationship-builder and communicator, who can drive efficient and effective systems, and continue to build the charity’s strong creative and innovative programmes. The Executive Director reports to the charity’s Chief Executive, is a member of the Executive Leadership Group and Chairs the Management Group.

The key to the Executive Director role is the combining of a mission-driven energy, with strong abilities that ensure effective delivery across the full range of service areas. This requires extensive and developed leadership and organisational management skills; an eye for detail and a natural focus on quality. It needs a supportive and sensitive approach to getting the best out of the team; and the ability to design and implement tools that measure effectiveness and create growth. The role is about driving efficient and effective systems; but it also requires a constant eye to building on the charity’s strong creative and innovative energy.

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James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 26th April 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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A welcome from

Hello,

I tend to get a bit over-excited when I write these sort of letters! There are usually loads of words like ‘unique’ and ‘exciting’ and ‘ground-breaking’ and other superlatives. So in writing this note I thought I would pause for a second and really think about what this role means for our organisation.

Quite honestly, we are facing massive challenges that are matched by massive opportunities:

  • Today the UK is crying out for a radical reframing of primary care that works in equal partnership with the vital grassroots community support services that underpin good health for individuals and families. With a pandemic of loneliness and poor mental health sweeping across our most disadvantaged communities in the wake of COVID-19, a pre-existing catastrophe has just got a whole lot worse. We need a total revolution in our thinking and practice that takes into account the reality that social factors are far more important in determining health outcomes than medical ones. And they must be addressed urgently.
  • The Bromley by Bow Centre has understood this problem for many years. Not only that, it’s been busy pioneering effective new approaches in real-time over three decades, by combining direct action to alleviate social needs, alongside providing high quality clinical care. The key to our approach is starting with the community and building our approach collectively with local people.
  • Our work is focused on building relationships. Over three decades we have witnessed the power and impact of connecting human beings and creating spaces where people feel safe and at home. We deliver real impact through delivering projects and services. But, over the years, we have delivered so much more by simply connecting people with each other and enabling people to make friends, strengthen their networks and their resilience. And believe in themselves. Often for the first time. Often using the arts and creativity to tap into that human spirit. We need candidates for this role who passionately believe this.
  • This is the most important appointment we have made in a very long time. The new Executive Director will lead all aspects of programme delivery, our income generating efforts and our in-house research and knowledge share teams. I think that makes it an unconventional role. I guess my hope is that it attracts interest from a broad range of people. Some of whom may be unconventional or bring a fresh perspective and approach to this type of role
  • We have spent two years focused on stabilising our finances and creating a firm foundation to expand our work. We are now embarking on the redevelopment of our three acre site in East London. It’s potentially a £10 million project, but in so many ways it’s the manifestation of a more profound and bigger vision. We have been encouraged to think about our model as a national blueprint for building healthier and stronger communities. The Bromley by Bow Centre is going to be a dynamic and fast-paced organisation over the next few years.

We are very aware that we need to recruit someone with the requisite skills and experience to fulfil the tasks we’ve outlined in the job description. But to be honest, that’s a given. We are really looking for someone who has a heart for this work, who will feel that coming to work in our organisation feels like landing in a place they’ve always hoped to be and who have a deep passion for the challenges we are addressing and the approach we are taking. And who has the capability to help lead us into the next chapter of the Bromley by Bow story.

Thanks for your interest in this role.

Rob Trimble
Chief Executive
Bromley by Bow Centre

About the Bromley by Bow Centre

The Bromley by Bow Centre is a pioneering and vibrant community charity in East London globally- renowned for its radical approach to health and wellbeing. It was founded 36 years ago and sits in a beautiful three-acre community park.

At its heart is a partnership between a diverse community, a locally-rooted charitable organisation, a research team and one of the most progressive primary care health teams in the UK.

The charity supports families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop the confidence needed to achieve positive outcomes they may not have dreamt of. We work with the most vulnerable people in our community, those who are isolated, facing physical or mental ill health or who are lacking confidence, skills or qualifications.

The Centre delivers a diverse range of projects based on a unique model that combines social entrepreneurship, the arts, learning, social support, horticulture and holistic and integrated health programmes We work alongside people to support transformative change in their lives and their neighbourhoods and we provide a wide variety of integrated services. This link gives an overview of services running currently under pandemic conditions Directory of services

Our work is based on people’s individual needs, because we know that health is primarily driven by social factors, not medical ones. Our model is based on community empowerment and people taking control of their lives. Our executive team sits at the heart of this work.

We have created a much-admired blueprint to generate sustainable, healthy, positive outcomes in deprived areas. Our approach has been adapted and adopted by organisations internationally and our Centre has been visited by politicians, radicals and pioneers alike who share our vision that people and communities are capable of remarkable things.

An introduction to the Centre 2021

Read the Bromley by Bow Centre 2020 impact report

Our 2020 Results and Impact Report summarises what we delivered and what proved an exceptional year for our community, the Centre and our partners.

When 2020 began, we could not have imagined what was ahead of us, nor just how our amazing our staff, volunteers and community members would be in supporting each other throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Find out how we have adapted Impact Report

Watch a film about the Bromley by Bow Centre

This ten-minute film, made during 2019, helps viewers understand why the Centre is so unique and how it helps transforms people’s lives The Bromley by Bow Centre film

See the Bromley by Bow Centre featured on BBC1

The BBC Science Unit came to the Bromley by Bow Centre during Autumn 2020 to find out more about social prescribing for a programme called The Truth About… Improving Your Mental Health. Watch a clip here BBC1

Hear our two of our staff talking on BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project

In many ways this clip summarise the warmth and possibilities created by the Bromley by Bow Centre. Hear Sharon and Mandy talking on Radio 4 The Listening Project

Learn about the incredible people we work with

Find out about some of the people in our community and their journeys by reading Our stories

Read Bromley by Bow Centre News

A flick through our news stories gives a sense of the vibrancy of the Centre. There’s a lot going on. Bromley by Bow Centre News

Listen to a supporter

Hear regular donor Maff Potts speak on social media about why he supports The Bromley by Bow Centre A message from a Friend

Find out about Bromley by Bow Health

Find out about the health practices that comprise the integrated Bromley by Bow Partnership Bromley by Bow Health

Learn about our research and evaluations

Find out more about our research and evaluations

 Visit our website www.bbbc.org.uk

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 26th April 2021
    First stage interviews: Thursday 6th May 2021
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