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Chief Executive Longleigh Foundation

Join Longleigh Foundation as our next Chief Executive if you are someone who wants to put their mark on an organisation that strives to support the difficulties faced by individuals and communities served by the social housing sector.

  • Location: Flexible within the UK
  • Salary: £65,000 - £70,000 per annum

Who we are

Longleigh is a grant-making foundation dedicated to supporting individuals and communities served by the housing sector.

Established by leading housing provider, Stonewater, Longleigh Foundation was set up to support the residents, in both independent and supported housing and communities who had severe financial pressures that was then having a significant negative impact on many areas of their lives.

Stonewater realised that establishing Longleigh as an independent charitable foundation, to provide help and support at the right time to both individuals and communities, could make a significant difference to the communities they serve and go beyond what they could achieve as a landlord alone. We are in the minority of grant-making foundations in that we run grants programmes for both individuals and organisations. We are able to bring the learning from our individual grants programme into our grants to organisations, as well as staying aware of the emerging social themes affecting those served by the social housing sector.

With a 5000% increase over the last five years, we have provided over £2m of Individual Grants funding, supporting hundreds of individuals and families each year.

Through these grants, we help with daily essentials, such as food and fuel; with those larger items we all need, such as white goods and flooring; and we have helped people access further/higher education, training and employment through grants to pay for course fees or purchase required equipment and materials.

We have distributed more than £3.5m in grants to organisations to deliver projects and research. These grants have enabled thousands of people to access ongoing support to help with areas of life including financial, emotional and physical health and wellbeing. We have funded innovative projects such as a self-build housing project for armed forces veterans and for research that looked at how assistive technology can support independent living for people with long-term conditions, such as dementia.

By being an integral, strategic partner, Longleigh’s model aims to support social housing providers to do more than can be done as landlords alone. Supporting the ambition of social housing organisations to realise their ambitions to provide ‘more than a home’ for their residents is being continually addressed through meaningful engagement. Longleigh Foundation have recognised this and believe that Longleigh’s model can be of added value in the future to both social housing provider as well as the wider sector of community partners working to enhance the lives of social housing residents.

About the role

In order to achieve its ambitions, Longleigh Foundation is seeking a driven and dynamic Chief Executive with a genuine passion for social change.

The overarching purpose of the role is to lead Longleigh Foundation in creating and delivering its strategy and mission, ensuring it utilises funding to transform the lives of social housing residents.

The key elements of the role include:

Organisational governance: Overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Foundation and its grant-making portfolio, ensuring that it implements its strategy and continues to deliver impact and develop its work appropriately and professionally.

Organisational performance: Ensuring that Longleigh Foundation has the right strategy, that its intent is being delivered on through strong relationships whilst always being mindful of being able to articulate our impact.

Who we are looking for

For this role, Longleigh Foundation is looking for someone with vision and ambition to lead the Foundation – willing to both consolidate the significant progress made in the past few years and deliver on an agreed strategy, whilst also maintaining a clear eye on the future, identifying opportunities for further evolution where appropriate.

It is a role that requires the combination of pragmatism, alongside vision- realising the Foundation’s mission of transforming lives. Diplomatic, agile, and with the humility to undertake tasks themselves, you will ensure high operational standards while continuing to promote a transparent, collaborative and values-driven culture with a widely dispersed, lean staff team.

A strategic and credible leader with strong financial acumen and a successful leadership track record in a relevant charity, the right individual will have the ability to provide constructive challenge and the encouragement to innovate and connect ideas and people. You will have the ability to develop exceptional stakeholder relationships, drive lasting and pioneering partnerships and help Longleigh to successfully navigate its operating environment.

Working for equality for all and valuing diversity, with a particular focus on the social and economic inclusion of disadvantaged people, is important and the CEO must embody the organisational values of being compassionate, collaborative, agile, insightful and ethical.

The Trustees are open to exploring flexible working arrangements. If you have any specific requests, please get in touch with our advising consultants in advance of submitting an application.

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

Dr Jenn Allen, Business Manager, Not for Profit, Peridot Partners

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Jenn Allen

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Welcome from the Chair


Thank you so much for your interest in becoming the next CEO of Longleigh Foundation. It’s a wonderfully exciting opportunity for someone to put their mark on an organisation – we hope you can be that person.

There can be no doubt that as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite social housing residents are particularly vulnerable. However, Longleigh Foundation is in a unique position to support. Set up by social housing provider Stonewater we are an endowed foundation, working to utilise our investment and annual donation from Stonewater to support their residents whilst building towards our ambitions for the future.

We have a bold mission: to support transformation in the lives of residents and communities, becoming the charity partner to the social housing sector.

We are looking for someone who shares our ambition. Someone to build on the fantastic base line work we’ve built through the long-term support of Stonewater to ensure every social housing resident, regardless of who their landlord is, are able to access the support they need to truly transform their lives.

Having taken on the Chair role at the end of 2022 I’m excited to build a strong partnership that empowers you and the team to realise the potential of Longleigh Foundation.

Fiona Ellison

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

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

About Longleigh Foundation

Longleigh Foundation was originally set up in late 2015 by the social housing provider, Stonewater, in response to the reductions in public spending and changes. Individuals and communities served by the social housing sector were experiencing disadvantages, increased financial hardship, emotional distress and heightened vulnerability due to the cutbacks to – and even the disappearance of – local public and community services. This situation has increased over the last five years and was further compounded due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our mission is the reason we exist; it is our purpose; our cause and it is:

To support transformation in the lives of residents and communities, becoming the charity partners to the social housing sector

Our focus is to fill the needs and gaps and beyond created by reduction in public spending, and encourage transformative approaches that will, in the longer term, see the lives of individuals and communities be sustainably better. The role of funders is vital, to support community organisation in developing and delivering services to make this possible.

Our 2025 vision is where we want to be in the pursuit of our mission, and it is:

To enable more lives to be transformed, across more communities, by continuously improving the difference we make and the value we bring to our partnerships with the social housing sector.

The focus of your vision is on addressing the issues that are more prevalent, pronounced and entrenched across the social housing population. For instance, provision of new beds for children and young people to sleep in at night to support their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Our values are to be compassionate, collaborative, agile, insightful and ethical. They guide us in how we aspire to go about our work and they help you understand what you can expect from us and what we hope for in return when working together.

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s saying, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there” we developed our plan, called The Journey to 2025, with four aims:

  1. Be a valued and integral long-term partner to our donors in how they enable transformation in the lives of their residents and communities.
  2. Partner with more social housing providers, and their supply chains, so our model can reach more individuals and communities.
  3. Embed a learning culture so we can understand, improve and demonstrate the difference we make and then share this with others.
  4. Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our work through continual development and integration of systems.

Today, the original motivation remains as relevant as it was back in 2015. Indeed, we feel Longleigh is needed more than ever.

Additional Documents


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

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs, and have made some modifications to the way we do business in order to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • 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

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

Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

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

    Dr Jenn Allen | jenn@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364034

    Vinita Medora | vinita@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07534 244249

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Thursday 11th May 2023
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 24th May and Thursday 25th May 2023 (virtual)
    Informal staff panel: Tuesday 6th June 2023 (virtual)
    Second stage interviews: Thursday 15th June 2023 (in person in London)

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