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Director of Finance & Operations | NHS Charities Together

NHS Charities Together is recruiting a Director of Finance & Operations to join a dynamic Senior Leadership Team at a critical and exciting time of growth and development following our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal in 2020. We seek a high calibre leader who has a relevant financial qualification with strong commercial and operational experience; with the drive and determination to help deliver our exciting new vision supporting our Charity Members and the wider NHS.

  • Location: Warwick and home based (Expectation to work two days from the Warwick office subject to Covid guidance)
  • Salary: £75,000 – £90,000 plus 10% pension contributions, 28 days annual leave

NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) is the national organisation for the NHS’ official charities with a vision for NHS charities to be the biggest independent supporters of national health and wellbeing.

NHSCT is the only national charity partner of the NHS and the umbrella membership organisation for NHS charities throughout the UK. Our key stakeholders and partners range from national government organisations and departments such as the NHS, Department of Health and Social Care, local and regional NHS Trusts and Health Boards, our 240 NHS charity members, corporate partners and brands, media organisations and public supporters.

The Board and Chief Executive of NHS Charites Together are seeking a talented, seasoned and strategic senior leader to join the charity at this critical and exciting stage of our growth and development, following the high-profile success of our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal in 2020.

Who we are looking for

Our new Director of Finance & Operations will play a key executive role in our decision making, with accountability for driving the strategic direction, performance and organisational strategy. Reporting to the Chief Executive and working closely with the Trustees (including the Honorary Treasurer), Audit and Risk Committee and the Senior Leadership Team, the position will lead on creating a dynamic and commercial operation culture, driving continuous improvement and high performance to achieve operational excellence across NHSCT.

By providing strong, clear and inspiring leadership across the organisation, our Director will help with the design and delivery of our exciting new vision to support our Members and charitable objectives. This will include the implementation of a systems review to underpin the new growth and be responsible, under the CEO, for operational issues particularly finance, HR and training, IT, facilities and compliance issues. This includes acting as Company Secretary with responsibility for financial, legal and regulatory obligations and give input into the effective working of our trading subsidiary.

We seek a commercially focused leader with the decisive ability to implement and drive strategic vision. You will bring a highly successful track record of driving financial sustainability and operational excellence. You will be highly proactive with a proven record of inspiring and developing high performing teams and embedding the most effective and efficient internal systems and processes.

With a relevant professional finance qualification (ACCA/CIMA/CIPFA), you will be able to demonstrate previous accountability for the success of leading Finance, HR, Risk, Facilities Management, IT, Systems Integration and Company Secretary.

You will also have excellent communication and relationship building skills to form effective partnerships with all those within NSHCT, including our Board, Members and other key stakeholders.

This is a fantastic opportunity to influence and contribute to the full potential of NHSCT and most importantly enable us to invest in our vision to support our Charity Members and the wider NHS.

NHSCT is an equal opportunities employer, and we encourage an environment which is inclusive to all and free from discrimination. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and with all different kinds of life experience.

To arrange a confidential conversation, please contact:

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: by 5pm, Monday 28th June 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Liz Holderness

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Welcome from Ellie Orton, Chief Executive.

Dear Applicant,

Thank you so much for your interest in working at NHS Charities Together as Director of Finance & Operations. This is an exciting time to join our team. Thanks to phenomenal public support, our national Covid-19 Appeal has raised more than £150m to help NHS staff, volunteers and patients through the immediate and long-term effects of coronavirus.

Our charity is on an incredible journey. Since completing a rebrand in 2019 from the Association of NHS Charities to NHS Charities Together and incorporating as a charitable company, the world has been turned upside down by Covid-19. The year 2020 saw the country come together in an outpouring of love and support for the NHS. As the NHS’ national charity partner and membership organisation to all of the NHS’ official charities throughout the UK, NHS Charities Together is the central charity receiving and giving additional funding and support for our National Health Service where and when it needs it most.

We are very proud of what we achieve and, as a result, as an organisation and team we have undergone significant change. The role of Director of Finance & Operations will be pinnacle in sustaining the next stage of our organisational transformation.

If you are passionate about the health and wellbeing of our nation and believe that, through supporting NHS charities, we can significantly increase the vital support given to our hospitals, community, mental health and ambulance services, we would love to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,

Ellie Orton
Chief Executive

About NHS Charities Together

There are 240 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give over £1m every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years, NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.

There is so much love for the NHS and this was evident following the launch our Covid-19 Appeal in March 2020, to support staff, volunteers and patients through the immediate and long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than £150m has been raised so far, thanks to generous donors and fundraisers including Captain Sir Tom Moore whose high-profile efforts inspired the nation. Covid-19 Appeal funds are being issued in grants to NHS charities throughout the UK. These grants fund everything from bereavement support for families, wellbeing rooms and counselling for staff, iPads to connect isolated patients with loved ones and hardship funds for those affected financially by Covid-19.

NHS charities are devoted to our nation’s hospitals, community and ambulance services, funding ground- breaking research and vital medical equipment, while developing new treatments and enhanced care to support patients.

NHS charities also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.

These vital funds and services are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable.

To read real life stories of the difference NHS charities make, visit the NHS Charities Together website.

The Association of NHS Charities & NHS Charities Together

Founded in 2000, the Association of NHS Charities started as an informal group of the largest NHS Charities which came together to provide mutual support and a forum for discussion. Since then, we have changed our name to NHS Charities Together (to better reflect what we do and who we support) and grown steadily, welcoming charities both large and small from across England and Wales, as well as Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Today, NHS Charities Together represents all NHS charities in the UK. The organisation was formally constituted in 2008 and successfully applied to the Charity Commission to become a registered charity. In 2019 we incorporated to be a charitable company limited by guarantee.

NHS Charities Together provides a forum for nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, provides advice and guidance to its members, bespoke conferences and training days covering issues and development opportunities for NHS Charities, as well as access to online resources and support through exclusive member’s digital community and hub.

In 2018, the 70th year of the NHS, NHS Charities Together launched a brand-new vision and strategy for the next five years, outlining the next exciting phase for NHS Charities. As a result of our successful Covid-19 Appeal, significant changes have taken place in the organisation, we have therefore been working with our members and key stakeholders on a new vision and strategy which will be launched for 2022.

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Vision, Mission and Values

NHS Charities Together’s Vision is to:

‘Inspire NHS Charities to become the Nation’s biggest independent supporters of Health and Wellbeing’

Our Mission is:

That we will support the development of NHS charity members to enable them to:

  • become high functioning charities
  • add great value to their associated NHS Trust(s), its patients and staff as well as their wider communities
  • be recognised by their Trust as a major strategic partner

Our Values are:

To strive to be an organisation that:

  • Is accessible to all charities in the sector, corporate and independent
  • Is proactive in all its activities
  • Believes in working together with members and creating networking opportunities for all
  • Always seeks to promote best practice, including the unique status and governance of NHS charities
  • Is reflective and learns from its experiences

Strategic Objectives:

  1. We will be the number one source of support and development for NHS charities, promoting charity best practice, fostering mutual support and discussing matters of mutual interest
  2. We will be the authoritative voice for NHS charities to represent members’ views to key stakeholders and where possible to collaborate with them in pursuit of our vision
  3. We will promote the profile of NHS charities nationally
  4. We will ensure NHS Charities Together is a financially sustainable organisation that develops its staff, ensuring it has the right skills and resources to achieve its five-year strategy
  5. We will demonstrate the impact of NHS Charities Together and of our members

Our Future

2021 is a year of transition and consolidation for NHS Charities Together. With a new team, vision, strategy and business plan currently being developed for 2022, this is an important time for the charity and our members.

Following our learning from 2020, key priorities and areas of support have emerged. Alongside our vision and strategy development, we have also been working on our charity identity, developing our longer term fundraising and grants strategy, as well as establishing and re-energising our support services to members.

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    NHS Charities Together 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.

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

    Closing date: by 5pm, Monday 28th June 2021
    First stage interviews: w/c Monday 12th July
    Final interviews: w/c Monday 26th July (TBC)

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