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Chief Executive Officer St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity

Bring your empowering leadership style, fundraising and grant-making experience to the role of Chief Executive Officer of St-Martin-in-the-Fields Charity, one of the UK’s leading charities working to support people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

  • Location: Hybrid / London
  • Salary: £90,000 - £100,000

Who we are

St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity exists so that everyone has a place to call home. With the help of our supporters, we support frontline workers and organisations across the UK. Together we work to ensure that everyone experiencing homelessness can secure and keep a safe place to live.

We help people in vulnerable situations to find and keep a home. Wherever it is needed, we seek to provide emergency financial help that allows someone to secure safe accommodation. These small grants alleviate worry and stress, and can transform a person’s circumstances within a matter of days.

Our Vision

Everyone has a safe place to call home and the support they need to keep it.

Our Goal

Homelessness is prevented. When it does occur, people receive the best possible support that enables them to secure and keep a safe place to live.

About the role

The Chief Executive of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity is responsible for leading and managing the charity’s work to support people experiencing homelessness across the UK. The Chief Executive is accountable to the board of trustees, leads the staff team and relates to the partners and the supporters of the charity to ensure that its vision, mission and values are fulfilled.

This is an exciting time to join the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity. The charity has enjoyed significant success in the last decade, during which it has transformed from a small organisation to one with a multi-million-pound income per annum with a network of partners across the UK.

We seek a leader who will bring an inspirational vision to develop the charity’s programmes further and the necessary skills to maintain the charity’s strong fundraising performance, particularly in light of the one hundredth BBC Radio 4 Appeal in 2026.

Who we are looking for

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The ideal candidate will bring experience in grant-making and income generation in the charity sector, and will have developed an empowering leadership style.

Experience in the media and ambassadorial elements of a charity leadership post is highly desirable.

We’re open to candidates bringing CEO experience or looking for their first opportunity at this level.

More important is an ambition to grow our impact, an understanding of best practice and the ability to build relationships with multiple stakeholders on a national scale.

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

Eddie Taylor | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814273

Eddie Taylor, Head of Fundraising Appointments, Peridot Partners

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Welcome from the Chair

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the opportunity to join St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity as the new CEO.

At St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity, we work collaboratively to support frontline workers and other charities across the UK, aiming to help people facing homelessness find and maintain a safe place to live.

The charity offers essential financial assistance through grants to secure accommodation, including emergency grants, which can quickly address immediate housing needs and bring transformative changes to people’s lives.

Our Frontline Fund supports charitable organisations providing services to those experiencing homelessness, funding various projects across the UK that help individuals obtain and sustain secure living arrangements.

These initiatives offer services like healthcare, legal advice, and mental health support to facilitate the transition out of homelessness. The charity also ensures consistent, high-quality support by running the Frontline Network, which assists specialist workers and organisations in the homelessness sector throughout the UK. This network offers funding opportunities, knowledge sharing and innovative approaches to support, empowering these groups to make a positive impact on homelessness. Additionally, the charity supports The Connection at St Martin’s as a partner charity, aiding many individuals on their journey to overcome street homelessness in London.

Our funding in large part comes from the annual BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity. The appeal has just celebrated its 97th year, and we are looking forward to the 100th appeal in 2026. Being a BBC appeal partner is a huge deal and a rare opportunity within the sector. The CEO is the key relationship manager with the BBC on the annual appeal. The appeal comes with significant reach and impact reporting expectations that reflect the BBC mandate’s national nature.

Following a successful ten-year term during which the charity has grown and developed significantly, our Charity Director, Tim Bissett, is leaving in May 2024. We are seeking a new CEO to help us sustain and expand our reach and our vital work addressing homelessness nationwide.

You will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of our strategy. This covers fundraising development within and beyond the appeal, partnership growth, grant-making and programme innovation. Importantly, you will have the opportunity to ensure the charity cultivates strong relationships with our supporters, donors and partners, ensuring they remain deeply committed to our mission and confident about the impact of their contributions. It is an exciting time to join us as we build towards the 100th BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.

Our ideal candidate will be an inspiring and collaborative leader, with high emotional intelligence and excellent communication and ambassadorial skills. You will also be a strategic thinker with a proven ability to form partnerships and motivate your teams. Essentially, you will have a genuine commitment to our values and ethos.

You will have a good understanding of the homelessness sector, possibly gained through work in a related area of social justice. You will also possess an outstanding track record of sponsoring successful fundraising and marketing strategies that cover a broad spectrum of fundraising channels and audiences.

An excellent knowledge of grant-making is essential, as is a passion for the work of the charity and the ambition to lead the team to achieve a more significant impact and influence in the years ahead.

If this sounds like you and you have the skills and experience we seek, we would love to hear from you.

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a special place — being part of its ethos and history of wider kindness is a privilege. It is a unique opportunity for the right leader to contribute to our mission to ensure everyone has a safe place to call home. What could be more fundamental?

Best wishes,

Mark Devlin, Chair
St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity

Our Work

We work across the country to ensure that people experiencing homelessness can secure and keep a safe place. In the last financial year, we provided £3,578,645 grant funding for numerous programmes tackling this issue.

Learn more about how St Martin-in-the-Field Charity is making a difference.

Vicars Relief Fund

The Vicars Relief Fund helps people experiencing homelessness through small grants that help prevent eviction, or enable people to gain access to accommodation. In 2022/23, £1.7 million worth of grants of up to £500 individually were awarded to people across the UK. Our grants are issued quickly and efficiently through experienced grant co-ordinators with decisions taking between 3-5 days.

Frontline Fund

Launched in 2022, the Frontline Fund supports nine projects across the four nations of the UK. The projects focus on supporting people to secure and keep a safe place to live, and include access to healthcare, legal advice and mental health support. Funding in 2022/23 amounted to approximately £400k.

The Connection at St Martins

St Martins Charity has a longstanding partnership with The Connection at St Martin’s in London, supported through a rolling three-year funding agreement. They connect people who are sleeping rough in Westminster with specialist support workers to help them move away from and keep off the streets of London. In 2022/23, St Martin’s funding helped them directly support over 600 people. Funding in 2022/23 was circa £800k.

Frontline Network

The Frontline Network supports workers across the UK from the public, statutory and voluntary sectors working on the frontline with people experiencing homelessness. Funding in 2022/23 was circa £300k.

Over the past six years the charity has created a network that offers funding, community and resources to frontline staff, promotes innovation and encourages collaboration across sectors and organisations.

The community of partner organisations is UK-wide, enabling key workers to share their experiences and expertise. The Network amplifies the voices of frontline workers to decision makers, advocating for changes that will improve support for people experiencing homelessness. In addition, grants are available for various training opportunities.

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Full DSE assessments undertaken
  • Purchase of specialist IT/ Office workstation equipment e.g. standing desk, ergonomic chairs, screen filters
  • Changes to start and finishing times/ more frequent or extended breaks
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Home working workstation set up
  • Allowing a phased return to work after long-term sickness absence
  • Modifying performance targets for those struggling to maintain a certain level of work
  • Providing a working environment that minimises distractions
  • OH assessments paid for by the Charity
  • Providing a mentor and/or ‘buddy’

We have just agreed an EDI Action Plan that includes EDI considerations, which we will begin working towards in 2024/25.

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.

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    Eddie Taylor | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814273

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 26th February 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 1st March 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 6th March 2024 (Virtual)
    Final panel: Thursday 14th March 2024 (in person)

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