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Director of Fundraising Leukaemia UK

Leukaemia UK is recruiting a talented Director of Fundraising to lead income generation efforts across a full portfolio of public and high-value income streams.

  • Location: Hybrid with travel to our London office twice per month minimum (WC2B 5BL)
  • Salary: £70,000 - £80,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June

Who we are.

Every 16 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer. Survival rates are among the worst of any cancer and the physical and psychological impact can be lifelong. Despite decades of incredible progress, only half of leukaemia patients live longer than 5 years after their diagnosis and we won’t until we change this.

Leukaemia UK is part way through a 5-year plan to increase our investment into ground-breaking world-class research, advocacy and awareness focused on improving diagnosis, kinder, more effective treatment, and care for leukaemia and other blood cancers. To do this, we are in a period of significant growth, investing strategically to grow our income, profile, influence, engagement and impact.

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About the role.

Responsible for an income of £3.2m for 2024/25, this senior leadership role will support, inspire and develop a passionate and expert Directorate responsible for fundraising, commercial income generation and supporter care, to deliver significant growth in our income and support across the UK.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director of Fundraising will work strategically, autonomously, and collaboratively as a critical member of the senior leadership team. You will play a pivotal role in leading our income generation efforts, mentoring and developing a team of 12 across public fundraising and high value.

Who we are looking for.

Essential experience

  • An experienced and passionate fundraiser with a track record in leading significant, sustainable growth across diverse income streams, including two or more of the following: philanthropy, corporate, individual giving, and community & events.
  • A brilliant and resilient leader – with a track record of building and leading bold, innovative, and collaborative fundraising teams, you’ll have excellent people leadership skills.
  • A strategic thinker with experience working at the Board level to lead the development of strategy and investment plans.
  • Demonstrable track record of leading a data and insight-driven culture, digital fundraising, the smart use of technology and best-in-class supporter care, to drive a supporter-centric approach to income generation.
  • An effective communicator, with experience in managing high-value relationships and networks to fund strategic priorities and a demonstrable track record of inspiring teams to convert change and challenge into opportunity.

Highly desirable experience

  • Experience in raising money for medical/ cancer research or a health charity.
  • Developing commercial income streams outside of traditional fundraising

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

Simon Callaghan | simon@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07702 678658

Katie Booth | katie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749956


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Simon Callaghan

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Leukaemia UK - A welcome from our Chief Executive

Thank you for showing an interest in joining our ‘small but mighty’ charity with one big ambition: to stop leukaemia devastating lives.

The statistics are alarming; every year, nearly 10,000 men, women and children are diagnosed with leukaemia across the UK and overall survival stands at just over 50%.

Over the next 10 years, we want to save more lives by finding and funding life-changing research, awareness, and advocacy. I hope you are motivated to explore this opportunity and join our fight.

Our current Director of Fundraising has led a period of growth in our voluntary income over the last 3 years. His impending retirement means we are seeking a new Director to lead the charity to the next level as an active part of our dynamic Senior Leadership Team.

This exciting position is responsible for developing and implementing our fundraising strategy, leading a team of 11 (2 direct) across high-value and public fundraising income streams, commercial income streams and supporter care.

We are halfway through year three of an evolving plan to grow income to £5m over five years, from our current level of £3m. The plan requires innovation and investment at strategic points over the five years, triggered as milestones are achieved.

Critical to this is an ambitious strategy and leadership, which will drive our world-class research and advocacy to ensure it translates into tangible progress for all those affected by leukaemia. Underpinning this strategy is the development of robust, long-term, sustainable, income streams.

Reporting to me, the post holder will be able to work strategically, autonomously, and collaboratively as a critical member of the Senior Leadership Team which consists of a Director of Research & Advocacy, a Director of Communications (job share), and a Director of Finance & Resources.

We’re a down-to-earth bunch and enjoy a strong working relationship, and I’m looking for an individual to bring their own personality and energy to complement our existing team.

Our work is humbling, and we see daily reminders of why what we do is so important.

My leadership style is open and transparent, and I like my colleagues to have fun at work and to celebrate success.

I’m motivated to be ambitious and work hard for our beneficiaries, their families, and friends — so that we beat leukaemia for good.

I’m passionate about offering career development opportunities to those open to their first Directorship if they bring first-class leadership skills and experience in developing and implementing effective fundraising strategies to grow multiple income streams. This role might also excite an existing Director keen to apply their skills to our cause.

If, once you’ve read the pack, you feel you have the passion for our work and the right mix of skills, energy, and flair to embrace this exciting, broad, and challenging role and enable our strategy to fly, then we would love you to apply.

Please contact Peridot Partners to discuss the role in more detail.

I hope to meet you at interview stage, and thank you for your interest.

Fiona Hazell,
Chief Executive

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.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview, and candidates are welcome to bring one with them.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.
  • Reasonable workload adjustments can be made where required.

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.

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

Simon Callaghan | simon@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07702 678658

Katie Booth | katie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749956

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

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    Katie Booth | katie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749956

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 3rd June
    Candidates informed of outcome: TBC
    First stage interviews:  Friday 7th June (virtual)
    Second stage interviews:  Monday 17th June (in person)

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