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Chief Operating Officer Diversity Role Models

Are you an experienced leader with a passion for diversity and inclusion?

  • Location: Soho, London / Hybrid
  • Salary: c.£65,000 depending on experience

Who we are.

Diversity Role Models is a dynamic charity whose vision is a world where everyone embraces diversity and can thrive. Our mission is to promote understanding and acceptance of individual differences and end LGBTQ+ bullying in schools. We do this by harnessing the power of storytelling and delivering pioneering educational workshops.

Since launching in 2011, we have made a huge impact. However, we have just scratched the surface and we have ambitious growth plans as we look to expand and develop further nationally and into new regions.

About the role.

We’re now seeking a Chief Operating Officer to spearhead our operational and financial strategies, driving efficiency, sustainability and growth. You will play a key and active role in providing strategic direction and oversight for our operational and financial functions, ensuring alignment with our mission and goals, as we continue to grow and expand.

You will drive efficiency and effectiveness across our operations, identifying opportunities for improvement and implementing solutions, and foster a culture of continuous evolution, where every team member is empowered to contribute to our success. Equally, you will put our people at the heart of our work, support our staff with development initiatives, providing opportunities for growth and advancement within the organisation.

Who we are looking for.

We seek someone with proven experience in operational leadership roles, with strong financial acumen and a track record of effective financial management and budget oversight. Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills are a must, and you will come with the ability to inspire and motivate others. Strategic thinking and problem-solving capabilities will come naturally to you, and you will have a focus on driving results and achieving organisational goals. Crucially, you will be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social impact.

We are based in Soho, London, and whilst we have a hybrid working culture there is an expectation that 3 days per week will be office-based.

If you have a passion for diversity and inclusion, we invite you to join us at Diversity Role Models. Together, we’ll create positive change and empower the next generation to embrace diversity and thrive. Join the team and be part of something truly meaningful!

To access the job information pack for this role, please follow the instructions on the ‘How to Apply’ tab.

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


If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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Welcome from the Chief Executive Officer

Dear potential future colleague,

It was a huge privilege for me to become the CEO of Diversity Role Models, an organisation I have admired for more than ten years. I grew up in the shadow of Section 28, without LGBTQ+ role models, at a time when difference of any kind was rarely celebrated in schools.

Tragically, though society has progressed in many ways, many young people are still treated differently because of who they are. Not only can this have a lasting impact on the individual, it affects the broader community and creates a negative atmosphere within the learning environment.

Diversity Role Models was established to change this and create learning environments where young people are taught to celebrate difference and embrace diversity. Initially set up with a focus on creating safe environments for LGBTQ+ young people, we have recently broadened our work to cover all areas of perceived difference and where they intersect.

Since our formation in 2011, we have worked directly with 1,000+ schools, delivering sessions to 200,000+ young people, and training 24,000+ school staff members. We know from our evaluation and feedback that our model works and helps to create learning environments where diversity and difference are embraced.

For example:

  • 96% of primary pupils said they would show greater respect for people different from them after our workshops.
  • 83% of primary pupils and 52% of secondary students felt more confident acting as an ‘upstander’ after our workshops.
  • 100% of staff said the lesson increased students’ understanding of being an upstander, stereotyping or celebrating difference.

Although we are incredibly proud of the impact we have had and how many schools and young people that have benefited from our work, we are aware that we have only reached a small proportion of schools in the UK.

We therefore feel an obligation to be ambitious and visionary in our forward planning to ensure that as many young people as possible benefit from our work. In the short term, our plan is to increase our delivery to reach 300,000 young people but we must be even bolder in our medium and long-term plans.

That is why we are looking for a highly skilled Chief Operating Officer to join us at this crucial time to ensure that we have the right structures and systems in place to act as a foundation for our ambitious growth plans. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to play a central role in shaping the future of Diversity Role Models and helping us to empower a future generation that understands, respects, and embraces people’s-differences.


Yours sincerely,

Alex Feis-Bryce
Chief Executive Officer

About Diversity Role Models

Diversity Role Models is a dynamic charity whose vision is a world where everyone embraces diversity and can thrive. Our mission is to end bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools and promote understanding and acceptance of broader individual differences. Collaboratively, we’re determined to create inclusive learning environments where young people know they are valued and supported, regardless of their differences.

Our experienced team of educators and inspiring volunteer role models deliver in-person and online workshops for students in schools and colleges. Using pioneering educational content underpinned by the power of storytelling, we speak openly about lived experiences of difference and bullying. Our volunteer role models are at the heart of our delivery. They share their journeys towards living happy and fulfilling lives to inspire others.

Since our formation in 2011, we have worked directly with 1,000+ schools in the UK. We have delivered workshops to 200,000+ young people and trained 24,000+ school staff members.

Our workshops have a positive impact on young people. Following our sessions, 96% of primary pupils said they would have greater respect for people who are different from them; and 83% of primary pupils and 52% of secondary students said they would feel more confident being upstanders to bullying or people using inappropriate language.

Accessibility information

Diversity Role Models is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equality in all aspects of our work. We believe that embracing individual differences enriches our organisation and enhances our ability to achieve our mission.

We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees, volunteers, and stakeholders feel valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives. This includes, where possible, removing barriers to ensure that people with disabilities can actively participate in our workplace.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • 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.

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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    Applcation closing date: By 9 a.m. Tuesday 7th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 10th May 2024
    First stage interviews (virtual): Wednesday 15th May 2024
    Final stage interviews (in person – London): Wednesday 22nd May 2024


    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and Diversity Role Models are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact. The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practices. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

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