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Chief Executive HCPT

Do you want to provide a life changing experience for 2,500 disabled and disadvantaged children and adults next year?

  • Location: Rugby, Warwickshire
  • Salary: £70,000 - £80,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 15th July

Who we are

HCPT is a registered charity offering life-changing pilgrimage holidays, to Lourdes in the south of France, for disabled and disadvantaged people from around the UK and further afield.

Every Easter around 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children and young people enjoy a fun and safe week in Lourdes, staying in hotels with their volunteer helpers.

Each Summer over 1,500 people, many of them with disabilities or life-limiting conditions, enjoy a week at HCPT’s Hosanna House in Bartrès near Lourdes. We also offer self-catering pilgrimage holidays in our Bartrès Villa near Lourdes.

HCPT is a charity with its roots in the Catholic faith, however, our organisation and services are open to all. Our volunteers, beneficiaries and staff come from diverse backgrounds, walks of life and from all faiths and none.

Our beneficiaries are highly diverse, however, we know we have more to do internally to become a truly diverse organisation; we are on a journey to that goal and committed to reaching it.

Our values ensure that how we deliver our mission and vision remains aligned with our founding beliefs. These aspirational but achievable guides are:

  • Faith – our work reflects our Catholic identity.
  • Compassion – we act with kindness and empathy.
  • Inclusion – we recognise everyone’s unique worth.
  • Service – our pilgrimage is based on giving.

Over the last ten years, HCPT has shaped its direction through its strategic plan. This plan aligns with a set of core goals (communicating externally), goals (shaping our plans), and objectives (measurable efforts to deliver our goals) against our stated mission and vision.

About the role

HCPT is looking for a new Chief Executive Officer to lead our organisation and mission of taking disabled or disadvantaged children and adults to Lourdes on a life-changing pilgrimage holiday. We are seeking an individual to continually develop the organisation and evolve the breadth of skills and experience it requires, supporting the organisation’s ability to deliver its vision and mission.

The role of CEO is lead our work with our UK and French staff, volunteers and supporters, as well as outlining and designing goals and strategies, across the organisation, helping us deliver pilgrimage for our beneficiaries, volunteers, and staff, integrating and building on our achievements to date.

As the CEO of HCPT you will be responsible for:

  1. Setting and implementing the charity’s vision: Develop and communicate a clear vision for the charity’s growth and success and lead the team in executing the strategic plan.
  2. Leadership: Inspire and lead a high-performing executive team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence.
  3. Financial management: Oversee financial performance, budgeting, and forecasting, ensuring growth and a sustainable future.
  4. Stakeholder relations: Build and maintain strong relationships with beneficiaries, partners, and the board of directors.
  5. Risk management: Proactively assess and manage risks, ensuring the charity’s long-term stability and success.

HCPT’s vision is its ‘dream’, its source of inspiration and its ultimate achievement. That vision is something we hope you can identify with:

Changing lives through pilgrimage, sharing God’s gifts of love, friendship and joy.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate the following skills, experience and knowledge:

  • Successful experience in leadership, ideally within a comparable organisation.
  • Strong strategic, operational and financial acumen.
  • Emotional Intelligence with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Our beneficiaries and volunteers come from all walks of life and so do we. We employ and are supported by amazing people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a wide variety of passions, not just because it’s the right thing to do but because it makes our organisation stronger.

If you share our values and enthusiasm for care, pilgrimage, and volunteers, you will find your home at HCPT.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to see if becoming the next CEO of HCPT is your next role.

I extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of our organisation. HCPT is a wonderful charity which seeks to fulfil its purpose and mission through pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes.

We have a community of volunteers, supporters and advocates that year on year allow 100’s of beneficiaries the opportunity to experience an HCPT pilgrimage to Lourdes.

HCPT is looking for a values-driven individual who leads by example with compassion, humility and enthusiasm, taking people with them on the journey.

We take pride in the progress we’ve made, but there is always more work to be done.

Our next CEO will set the strategic direction to ensure that HCPT continues its journey for many more years to come, making a meaningful impact on the lives of those we serve.

We need a new CEO with ambition, a commercial mind and big-picture thinking that will guide HCPT towards opportunities that fit our mission and values. Someone eager to build and develop a diverse and talented team, ensuring HCPT remains a sustainable organisation that will be around for many more years.

Becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation is very important to us. We’ve begun to implement new processes to achieve this and engrain equality and diversity into our culture. We are seeking our next leader to be just as passionate as we are about this – and to share their experience of driving change in this area and help us to integrate this into our future.

It gives me a huge amount of pride to be chair of HCPT, and I am looking forward to welcoming a new CEO to the team.

We can’t wait to meet you.

Kind regards,

Emma Derby
Chair of Trustees

About us

HCPT is a registered charity offering pilgrimage holidays, to Lourdes in the south of France, for disabled and disadvantaged people from around the UK and further afield.

The letters “HCPT” stand for the Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust.

Every Easter, around 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children enjoy a fun and safe week in Lourdes, staying in hotels with their volunteer helpers.

Each Summer over 1,500 people, many of them with disabilities or life-limiting conditions, enjoy a week at HCPT’s Hosanna House in Bartrès near Lourdes.

We also offer self-catering pilgrimage holidays in our Bartrès Villa near Lourdes.

HCPT is a charity with its roots in the Catholic faith. Our services are open to all. Volunteers and beneficiaries come from all walks of life and from all faiths and none.

We are grateful for your support. For HCPT to continue helping children and adults in need, we rely on donations and volunteers.

HCPT’s vision

HCPT’s vision is its ‘dream’, its source of inspiration and its ultimate achievement. That vision is something we hope you can identify with:

Changing lives through pilgrimage, sharing God’s gifts of love, friendship and joy.

HCPT’s mission

HCPT’s mission statement describes why it exists, what it does and the path it takes to achieve its vision.

HCPT is a volunteer-based charitable organisation founded in response to Our Lady’s invitation to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes.

We aim to enable those who may need help, especially the young, to experience pilgrimage, and we do that in small caring groups, seeking to share, with joy, the gift of God’s love.

HCPT’s values and behaviours

Faith

  • Our work reflects our Catholic identity.
  • We welcome and respect all faiths and none.
  • We treat others with love, as Jesus did.
  • We put our faith into action, acting as the hands of the Lord.
  • We build community and church.

Compassion

  • We act with kindness and empathy.
  • We treat others as we would wish to be treated.
  • We treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • We take care to understand the hopes and needs of others.
  • We take time to listen to the stories of others.

Inclusion

  • We recognise everyone’s unique worth.
  • We welcome everyone to “come as they are”.
  • We do all we can to make all we do accessible to everyone.
  • We are part of one HCPT family.
  • We celebrate everyone’s talents.

Service

  • Our pilgrimage is based on giving.
  • Our focus is on the needs of others.
  • Our focus is not on ourselves.
  • We enable and encourage others to serve.
  • We are always open to improving how we serve others.

Accessibility information

HCPT has a duty to witness the Gospel by striving always to be inclusive and respectful of the dignity and equality of all human beings. We expect all employees, trustees, and volunteers to respect and promote our values. We value the contribution that talented and committed people, with different life experiences and abilities may be able to offer HCPT.

HCPT (Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust) recognises that our employees and volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and all have different aspirations, needs and experience life in different ways.

HCPT wishes to promote a society that it fair and inclusive and provides opportunities for everyone involved in the organisation.

HCPT is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality and diversity in employment in which employees are treated equitably, and where they can realise their potential whatever their age, race, disability, ethnicity, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. All employees will accept that they have personal responsibility for ensuring that they act appropriately and in accordance with the policy and procedures.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 15th July 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 19th July 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 2024 (Virtual)
    Second stage interviews: Monday 5th August 2024 (In person)


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