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Director of Finance Mental Health Matters

Do you have an interest in mental health? Are you interested in working with a forward thinking and ambitious organisation? If yes, we would love to hear from you.

  • Location: Hybrid (office hubs in Sunderland and Leicester)
  • Salary: £85,000, plus benefits
  • Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 8th April 2024

Mental Health Matters (MHM) is a national charity 40 years’ experience in delivering high-quality mental health and social care services. MHM has a hugely positive impact on the lives of people living with mental health needs in our local communities. MHM provides services across England, from Northumberland to Plymouth, led by a highly motivated and enthusiastic workforce (circa 700 employees) who are committed to delivering the best quality services to those in need of support.

As our vital work continues to reach more people and in new areas, we now need a Director of Finance who is ready to take on an exciting and highly rewarding challenge as a key member of our leadership.

About the role

As our new Director of Finance, you will join a highly experienced and passionate executive team, with a mandate to support transformational change, establishing a strong platform for the future of the organisation.

This is a highly rewarding, multi-dimensional role which will have key responsibility for strategic planning, finance, corporate risk, estates, audit and payroll.

Equally, you will ensure that a comprehensive planning framework is in place covering the full range of service and improvement responsibilities, which is fully interconnected with all key areas of our continuously evolving and growing organisation.

Furthermore, you will bring an independent perspective when considering matters of financial probity, financial and non-financial governance and value for money. Importantly, you will also lead governance, accountability and corporate risk management ensuring the effective operation of the Board of Trustees, Executive Team, Governance Committees and Public Accountability.

You will lead our Transformation Pillar of our 2022-25 strategy, with particular focus on the management, development and transformation of our finance and estates, with direct line management for professional experts, as well as managing our outsourced services.

As Director of Finance, you will provide visible and confident leadership across MHM in driving the development of high-quality service offers that are innovative and promote our vision and values.

About you

As an ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualified Accountant, you will have extensive experience in working and delivering results, specifically with developing financial strategy/ business planning and governance (preferably within the voluntary and community sector).

You will have experience of supporting a Board of Trustees and communicating at Director level, including formal presentations, briefing papers, committee/board reports and organisational development proposals.

Having worked at a similar level in a complex organisation, you will support organisational change and growth and be proficient in leading and managing a wide variety of specialists with a proven ability to inspire confidence at all levels of the organisation.

This will also include driving delivery through performance management and the implementation of systems to support excellent performance.

You will be able to demonstrate visible and confident leadership, “living” the values of MHM and be able to lead your teams in achieving priorities identified in MHM’s strategic plan.

You will have highly developed persuading, communicating and interpersonal skills which will enable you to gain commitment, support, respect, trust and confidence of our key stakeholders.

Additionally, we are looking for someone with strong strategic planning skills, alongside excellent project management, analytical, evaluative and organisational skills.

No two days are the same at MHM, so you should be able to

manage numerous conflicting priorities and deliver against multiple deadlines running simultaneously.

This is a wonderful environment where we are collaborative, caring, and ambitious but with a real focus on those who access our services.

We want to ensure our workforce reflects the local community and would encourage applicants from all backgrounds with relevant experience to apply.


If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity, you can email our advising consultant at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

James Hunt | (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

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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 applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Finance at Mental Health Matters (MHM). We are delighted you are considering joining us and you will be doing so at an exciting time for MHM, as we have grown and modernised our infrastructure over the last 3 years whilst addressing increasing long term mental health challenges within the population during the cost-of-living crisis.

MHM is a national charity which has a hugely positive impact on the lives of people living with mental health needs in our local communities. MHM provides services across England, from Northumberland to Plymouth, led by a highly motivated and enthusiastic workforce (circa 700 employees) who are committed to delivering the best quality services to those in need of support.

I joined MHM over 4 years ago and have been instrumental in driving change through the turmoil of Covid, and how we have transformed since then.

We have a strong executive team and passionate Board, and individuals who are highly committed to enabling MHM to flourish and ensure more people have the opportunity to engage with the organisation. We work closely and collaboratively with our energetic and forward-thinking leadership team, and we seek individuals who are collegiate and team oriented in their approach.

We are now looking for a new Director of Finance, who is a qualified accountant with experience of leading an organisation on all financial matters and risk. A focus will be in driving transformational change in these areas, establishing a strong platform for the future of the organisation.

We would welcome candidates with a broad range of backgrounds, however, we have a particular interest in someone with experience in a similar organisation.

To reflect our broad geographical presence, we welcome interest from candidates regardless of current location.

Ultimately, you will be dynamic in your thinking with a real drive and passion to make a substantial impact to our work!

This is a wonderful environment where we are collaborative, caring and ambitious, but with a real focus on those who access our services.

We take great pride in our work and the Charity, balancing this with a dynamic and innovative approach.  If you’d like to bring your skills and expertise to support us, we’d love to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Jane Hughes
Chief Executive Officer

About Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters (MHM) is a national charity with 40 years’ experience in delivering high-quality mental health and social care services.

MHM has a hugely positive impact on the lives of people living with mental health needs in our local communities. MHM provides services across England, from Northumberland to Plymouth, led by a highly motivated and enthusiastic workforce (circa 700 employees) who are committed to delivering the best quality services to those in need of support.

We believe that with the right personalised support, anyone with a mental health need can live the life they want to live. It is our vision that everyone can access support for their mental health to live a meaningful life in a society free from stigma. And our purpose is to provide innovative, life-changing mental health support for individuals and communities.

We support more than 15,500 people every month to access treatment and achieve their recovery goals, and we are always seeking to develop and expand our services to reach more people in need. Our support services range from helplines and NHS Talking Therapies, to supported housing and safe-havens, and all based on the principle of supporting every person, as an individual, towards their own goals and aspirations.

Vision, mission and values

We believe that with the right personalised support, anyone with a mental health need can live the life they want to live. It is our vision that everyone can access support for their mental health to live a meaningful life, in a society free from stigma. To make this vision a reality, our purpose is to provide innovative, life-changing mental health support for individuals and communities.

Our values are at the core of everything we do, and it is essential that prospective candidates are committed to the aims, values and ethos of our charity.

We are compassionate

  • We are compassionate to the needs of the people who access our services, their experiences and their aspirations.

We are accountable

  • We are transparent and hold ourselves to the highest standards in every interaction.

We are collaborative

  • We believe that by working together, we achieve the best outcomes for individuals, communities and society.

We are proud

  • We are proud of what we stand for – those who access our services, our people and changing lives.

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    If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity, you can email our advising consultant at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

    James Hunt | (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

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    Timetable:

    Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 8th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By close of business Friday 12th April 2024
    Interviews (virtual): w/c Monday 15th April 2024
    Interviews (in person): Tuesday 23rd April and Thursday 25th April 2024


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