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Chief Executive | Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust

Are you an inspirational leader with experience in a person-centred environment? Will you be committed to ensuring that all children and young people are supported in their mental health and emotional wellbeing? If so, this could be the role for you.

  • Location: Kirklees, West Yorkshire
  • Salary: £50,000 - £55,000 per annum plus additional benefits

About Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is an independent charity delivering services focused on children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. The Trust works to improve the lives of young people up to 25 years old, particularly disadvantaged young people in need of support. We operate a range of services including counselling, group activities and mentoring, building positive relationships with young people and bringing them together in mutually supportive networks.

We respond to young people’s needs, helping them to build their own healthy internal world. This means they are able to feel happy and sad, to have strong relationships with family and friends, to enjoy and achieve, to feel compassion and empathy, to love, to play, to imagine and create, to face realities, make decisions and be able to talk about their own and other people’s feelings.

We believe that confident and happy young people contribute to the social, cultural and economic aspects of their communities. Our interventions encourage them to enjoy their lives and reach their full potential, helping them to become more resilient and confident in dealing with conflicts and setbacks.

Who we are looking for

The new Chief Executive will be leading an organisation that has strong values and a clear sense of purpose. We have grown rapidly in recent years and are looking for someone who can consolidate the progress we have made and will also drive the organisation forward into the next phase of our development.

We are looking for an inspiring, enthusiastic and people-focused leader with exceptional interpersonal communication skills and a proven track record of success in a social care or community-focused organisation. The Trust has recently developed a vision document with key stakeholders, setting out the organisation’s direction and development priorities. You will build on this vision to shape organisation plans, develop partnerships and manage activities.

You will share the Trust’s values and be passionate about improving the lives of disadvantaged people, both directly and through social change. You will be emotionally intelligent and able to motivate and support our committed staff team and volunteers to provide the highest quality services for young people – ensuring that our values are championed in all practice.

With strong financial acumen and data analytics capabilities, you will have a proven ability to drive efficiency and performance to ensure the charity makes sound judgements and the best use of available resources. You will introduce innovative ideas and work with the Leadership Team to secure existing funding and services as well as pursue and develop new income sources and service areas.

You will be a compelling advocate for Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust and the families and young people we work with. You will also be adept at liaising with external organisations, funders, commissioners and service providers and at developing lasting relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role in a thriving and ambitious charity, shaping the experience for young people, families, paid workers, volunteers, funders and partner organisations.

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate inclusivity and applications are actively encouraged from people from diverse backgrounds.

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search adviser at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 12th April 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Welcome from Mark Feeny, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dear Candidate,

We are delighted that you are considering joining Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust as Chief Executive at such an exciting and pivotal time for the charity.

Our current Director (CEO), Tom Taylor, is leaving this year having dedicated 14 years of his career to Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust. Tom has led a sustained period of growth and development at the charity, establishing strong partnerships and an effective team. As trustees, we are approaching this leadership transition with careful planning and a willingness to embrace the opportunities that a succession in CEO brings.

It is critical that we continue to thrive with change whilst maintaining our core values of developing and sustaining user-focused services for children and young people living in Kirklees.

This is an incredibly important moment in the development of Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust. We need an inspiring and collaborative leader who can reflect and motivate the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers, truly championing our values and acting as an outstanding ambassador for the charity and its approach.

We hope this pack inspires you to apply for this fantastic opportunity and thank you for your interest in becoming the new Chief Executive of Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust.

Best wishes,

Mark Feeny
Chair of the Board of Trustees

About us

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is an independent charity delivering services focused on children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our activities, support and services work in partnership with young people and their families, helping them to understand what issues might be affecting their mental and emotional health – and then to do something about it. We support young people to grow strong and resilient, to better understand themselves and live a full and enjoyable life.

Our staff and volunteers support over 400 young people every month, receiving excellent feedback and compelling evidence of impact. We work collaboratively, helping young people and their families access the other services they need by working in partnership with local NHS services, local authority and the wider third sector. Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is a partner in the Thriving Kirklees partnership and we work closely with local schools.

Mental and emotional health support

For young people and families we offer someone to talk to on the phone or online, with advice and information as required, counselling1-1 support with mental health practitioners, group support activities and self-help workshops. Sessions are provided by employees, self-employed counsellors and volunteers.

At the moment, most support is provided by phone or online, including groups and workshops, though where it can be done safely and is required, in person support sessions are taking place.

Our projects, services and activities include:

  • Telephone support – most first contact with the charity is by phone. Through conversations, we begin to understand concerns and the situation and can develop a plan with families, supporting self-help, building on strengths and joining up other sources of support.
  • Single Point of Access for mental health services for young people – we listen and gather information, provide self-help support and link young people to the right services, including diagnosis pathways through our partnerships.
  • Bereavement support – our qualified counsellors provide a confidential space to talk for bereaved young people.
  • Therapy / Counselling – our qualified therapist/counsellors offer regular sessions including evenings and weekends.
  • One-to-one mental health support – we work with young people, providing flexible, responsive mental health support sessions. We also work with families, schools and other services as required.
  • Groupwork – we bring young people together for a series of group sessions focusing on a theme or mental health need.
  • RISE Group (Resilience, Independence and Self-Esteem) – a series of group sessions building resilience and self-care skills for young people whose wellbeing is affected by the absence of a parent/carer.
  • Create Group – an ongoing social and wellbeing group created by and with young people with learning disabilities.
  • Family Support – our trained, supported volunteers are matched with young people and families to provide long-term support.
  • Mentoring – our employed and volunteer mentors support young people for up to a year.
  • Family Support: Autism – we offer support groups and informal learning families who have children with autism.
  • Supporting Education – we work with schools and colleges to support organisational change, staff development and to help young people.
  • Drop In sessions – an opportunity for parents and carers of young people who are accessing mental health support to get together with our support worker.
  • Workshops – we offer practical, informal learning about mental health difficulties and what can help, aimed at young people or parent/carers, or both together.
  • Community Emotional Health Work – working alongside school staff and mental health support teams in schools, we work with families and community organisations to reduce stigma, improve awareness, encourage self-help and reduce barriers to accessing services.

Parents and Carers

We understand how hard it is to care for a child or young person who is experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties. It can be difficult to find the balance between providing consistent love and care whilst making changes which help keep children safe to get them back to health. To support young people effectively, many adults in a caring role will need some support themselves to ensure they are able to learn, reflect, relax and recharge.

We support parents and carers in a number of different ways from mental health support workshops to help them understand more about what they are going through, to organising ‘Chill and Chat’  group meetings with other parents in a similar situation.

Supporting mental health in schools

We support the designated Emotional Wellbeing Lead in local schools, providing regular network meetings, advice and information and enabling schools to share good practice and learning.

We provide training and support for schools, taking a whole school approach, helping them to sustain young people’s mental health and to respond when support is needed. We provide counsellors to some schools, enhancing their in-school offer.

We work with school hubs to take a community wide approach to sustaining young people’s mental health with the aim of preventing problems in future.

Our 2020 Vision

In 2020, we listened to those working in the Trust, young people, families, funders, strategic decision makers and partner organisations and used hundreds of conversations, surveys, creative exercises and discussions to shape a vision for the future.

We have identified five stages for development. While these are not strictly sequential, and the Trust will respond to opportunities for evaluation, connecting and influencing at any stage, the short-term priorities are to be clear and organised so that capacity is released to work on other areas.

  • To be clear about the ‘Northorpe Way’: the purpose, values, approaches and methods we use and the principles and theories shaping them
  • To organise effectively, ensuring our systems and processes are simple, robust, effective and reflect our values
  • To connect with organisations and groups where there is common ground, where we can work together and create diverse partnerships to maximise reach and learning
  • To focus on evaluation, quality, and improvement, with recognition for our achievements and growth through learning, openness and accountability
  • To influence strategic and policy decisions, working with allies for a kinder, fairer, more sustainable society which respects and values diverse young people

Themes and our offer

The Trust will maintain a focus on mental health and use the themes below in developing, innovating and planning future projects, services and partnerships.

The Trust will also use these themes in engaging and communicating about mental health, engaging diverse communities and reducing barriers to accessing support.


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    To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisers at Peridot Partners:

    Lucy Mavers |  lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935 068

    To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential experience criteria in the person specification and give details of why you are interested in applying for the role.

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    Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome any operational difficulties presented by the role.


    Please take note of the interview dates and please let us know if any dates are difficult for you:

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 12th April 2021
    Longlist review: Friday 16th April 2021
    Preliminary interview: Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd April 2021
    Tour with current CEO, meeting with Managers and Presentation to Managers and Trustees: Tuesday 4th May 2021
    Final Interviews (Young People’s Panel and Trustees Panel): Monday 10th May 2021

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