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We seek a new Chief Executive to help deliver our recovery plan, develop our future strategic direction and establish a financially sustainable organisation that continues to provide excellent rehabilitation, care and education for all children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability across the UK.

  • Location: Tadworth, Surrey
  • Salary: £130,000-140,000
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Who we are

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to providing services and neurorehabilitation for children with acquired brain injury.

We raise around £30m per annum which is funded through voluntary fundraising (Including a chain of charity shops), NHS England as well as statutory funding, both at a local and national level.

Operating from a 24-acre site in Surrey, we offer a wide range of services including rehabilitation, medical care and special education including a non-maintained special school. We also provide support for children with ABI and their families throughout the UK through our Brain Injury Community Services and support via our braininjuryhub.co.uk.

The Children’s Trust employs 530 permanent staff members, with c. 1,123 volunteers, dedicated to providing the best care for children with acquired brain injury.

Similar to many care organisations, The Children’s Trust is working through a period of change and uncertainty and has embarked on an 18-month recovery plan to enhance organisational resilience and sustainability.

This recovery plan has seen us secure a loan from Charity Bank, restructure our workforce and service delivery model and review our pricing models and operational costs.

We have been highly transparent with the Charity Commission, Charity Bank, NHS England, the CQC and Ofsted about this recovery plan. In particular, our CQC and Ofsted inspections and monitoring visits continue to be extremely positive, and the outcomes delivered for children and young people are extraordinary.

The standards and quality of care and support remain exceptionally high, and our team of staff and volunteers are highly motivated to continue providing our unique range of services to some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

About the role

We are currently seeking a new Chief Executive to join us and help us deliver the remaining elements of our recovery plan, develop our future strategic direction and establish a financially sustainable organisation which can continue to provide excellent rehabilitation, care and education for all children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability across the UK.

Our ideal candidate will have a commercial mindset, bring experience of leading transformative organisational change and driving financial sustainability, and have a demonstrable understanding of leading multidisciplinary teams in a complex regulatory setting. You will possess high levels of emotional intelligence, and the ability to work transparently and collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders.

A strong affinity to our charitable purpose and aims is vital, as is being attuned and continually focused on the needs of the children, young people and families we support.

At The Children’s Trust, it is crucial for us that equity, diversity and inclusion never become a tick-box exercise. We believe equity, diversity and inclusion should be at the heart of everything we do, and want our people, services and culture to reflect the diverse needs of all. Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and create an inclusive culture and it is important that our new CEO will play their part in creating an inclusive culture that works for all.


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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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Welcome from the Vice Chair

Dear candidate,

From the first moment I visited The Children’s Trust, I knew I wanted to be part of its future. It makes an extraordinary difference to the lives of children and young people affected by brain injury and neuro-disability. The teachers, therapists, carers, support staff and volunteers work their magic tirelessly every day to enable our children and young people to recognise and to fulfil their potential. Our services are in great demand and we are all driven by the ambition to be able to help every child and family who needs us.

It’s not an easy operating environment though. There are big external challenges, a complex regulatory landscape and organisational growing pains that you will play a key part in working with us to tackle.

As the CEO, of The Children’s Trust, you will be joining at a pivotal point in our development. You will work with the board, and the leadership team to support the refreshing of our strategy and priorities, to develop the culture and capabilities that will underpin its delivery and will build and lead a high-performing team. All in order to extend more of our magic to more children and families today and in the years to come.

If you relish the chance to make a lasting difference to these lives, we’d love to hear from you.

Fiona Sheridan(Vice Chair)


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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

About The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurorehabilitation.

The charity provides rehabilitation, medical care, special education, community services and expert information. Our key services are:

  • Rehabilitation for children with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • A non-maintained special school, with associated residential houses for children with complex education, health, therapy and care needs
  • Support for children with ABI and their families in communities across the UK, through our Brain Injury Community Services
  • Online information and support via our publications and braininjuryhub.co.uk

Our residential services based at our national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, work in partnership with the NHS and local authorities to provide a step-down pathway of care between hospital and home. The centre is entirely child and family-focused to ensure that their needs are appropriately supported.

In the community, we provide clinical support to complement local services and give children and young people with ABI the best chance of succeeding at home and in school.

We are the only paediatric centre with a national specialised commissioning contract (through NHS England) to provide brain injury rehabilitation for children with severe brain injury. Our other services are funded through local health commissioners (such as clinical commissioning groups), social care and education authorities, together with the millions raised through voluntary fundraising.

Thanks to the generosity of The Children’s Trust’s supporters, our 24-acre Tadworth site features a modern hydrotherapy pool, accommodation for parents, specially adapted equipment, and soft play areas.

We run a non-maintained special school for children with complex education, health, therapy and care needs with associated residential houses. The Children’s Trust School supports children and young people from 2 – 19 years old and is dual-registered with the Care Quality Commission (the school residential houses) and Ofsted Education.

The Children’s Trust is a charitable organisation with 530 permanent staff members, with circa 1,123 volunteers, with a range of expertise across nursing and care, education, therapy, operations and centralised support functions such as finance, HR, fundraising and communications. A number of these staff are based off-site around the UK as part of our community work or in our charity shops.

Our current situation

Similar to many healthcare organisations, the Trust is working through turmoil and uncertainty and has been dealing with multiple challenges. These have included:

  • The covid pandemic had an impact for an extended period due to the complex clinical needs of many of the vulnerable children in the Trust’s care.
  • Challenges with recruitment and retention of nursing and care staff, resulting in closed beds which has impacted on income. At the same time, the Trust is experiencing increased people costs and inflation is impacting on other cost categories.
  • To address these challenges we have instigated an 18-month recovery plan. Phase 1 of the recovery plan is about short-term stabilisation. It includes restructuring the service delivery model and right-sizing the support functions to reflect a smaller overall workforce. This has been completed and has led to a c15% reduction in the headcount. In addition, the Trust has re-financed and has cut operational and capital expenditure back to the essential/mandatory only. Developing and communicating an engaging and motivating vision of the future will be very important during this period of change and this will be a key area of focus for the CEO, SLT and Board.
  • Phase 2 of the recovery plan will need to be developed under the leadership of the new Chair and CEO and this will focus on longer-term strategic options including driving value from the property and estate, diversifying income, examining where, how and by whom services could be delivered, consideration of mergers, acquisition, partnerships, and alliances.

Despite these challenges recent CQC and Ofsted inspections and monitoring visits continue to be extremely positive and the outcomes delivered for children and young people are extraordinary. The standards and quality of care and support remain exceptionally high.

Safeguarding

The Children’s Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce.

The Children’s Trust has policies on safer recruitment, ex-offenders’ recruitment and criminal record checks. Please refer to the People Team for further information.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

At The Children’s Trust, we recognise how important it is to have leadership that reflects the children, young people, and families that we support. We also recognise that staff, comprised of a range of skills, backgrounds and experiences will help us to better understand the needs of those we support, and how we can best represent their interests.

We, therefore, particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds and those from other under-represented groups.

The Children’s Trust is committed to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across all levels of the organisation. Click here for further information.

Our Promises

Our Promises capture our strengths and aspirations. They guide the way we act, interact, and come together to achieve our goals. The journey we took to reach our Promises has been an important one. A highly collaborative and iterative process that has seen each word shaped by our people – our volunteers, employees, partners, trustees, and suppliers. Perhaps most importantly, our children, young people, and their families are at the core of this process. This journey has given us a critical opportunity to give children and young people a voice. As a result, our Promises have been genuinely enriched by them. That’s because how we work and carry out our role is as important as what we do, and that’s why as part of The Children’s Trust, we all need to live by our five Promises.


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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

Accessibility

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • All floors of the mansion are accessible, save for one floor the lift does not go to.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

We are proudly part of the Surrey EDI Network.

We know that different voices, ideas and perspectives will enable us to support children with brain injuries to live the best possible lives. There are some areas of diversity which we have identified we are lacking, and for this reason we are especially interested in people who have:

  • Experiences of living with a brain injury, neurodiversity or a disability
  • Childhood or adult experiences of life on a lower income, or the care system
  • Migration
  • Part of a racialised community
  • Part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community

We believe this diversity will help us see things we might have missed, or bring a unique perspective.

We have made significant development in our EDI practices in recent years and this has included achievements such as:

  • Launching our first EDI strategy.
  • Developing 2 EDI working groups to keep us on track
  • Conducting our first race and ethnicity survey.
  • Including a face-to-face EDI training session as part of mandatory induction.
  • Delivering a range of inspiring talks on topics such as neurodiversity, black history month and trans inclusion.
  • Launching pride rainbow badges, and distributed these to 300 staff.
  • Giving staff the option to include pronouns as part of their email signature.
  • Launching 2 staff networks for LGBTQIA2S+ and ethnic diversity.
  • Launching “courageous conversations” training to provide a safe space to discuss EDI topics.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 18th July 2023
    Preliminary Interviews:  Tuesday 25th July and Friday 28th July 2023
    Tour & Stakeholder Panels: Tuesday 8th August 2023
    Final Interviews: Wednesday 23rd or Thursday 24th August 2023

     


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