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Director of Programmes and Income Stonewall

Are you seeking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a global impact for LGBTQ+ people?

  • Location: Hybrid / National (UK)
  • Salary: £80,000 + plus benefits
  • Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 29th April

About us

Stonewall is a human rights charity. We stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. We imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and we can live our lives to the full.

Over the last 30 years, we have helped create transformative change in the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the UK and across the world. Our campaigns drive positive change in public attitudes and public policy.

We ensure LGBTQ+ people can thrive throughout our lives by building deep, sustained change programmes with the institutions that have the biggest impact on us, whether we’re learning, working, praying, or playing sports.

The role

We seek an ambitious Director of Programmes and Income to lead our EDI impact and change programmes with organisations and our commercial and income generation activities —including our relationships with corporates, grant-making bodies, and individual givers.

This is a significant role with the ability to effect positive change for all LGBTQ+ people supporting the organisations they interact with, particularly employers.

You will lead the directorate to generate income through the creation and delivery of direct EDI services focused on the best evidence-based practice and outcomes, and through strong partnerships and collaboration across the UK and with appropriate global relationships.

You will play a pivotal role in leading a team of income-generation professionals to build relationships with corporate partners, grant-giving bodies, philanthropists, and individual givers to financially support all Stonewall’s core activities including our influencing, advocacy, and campaigning to achieve equality and acceptance for all LGBTQ+ people.

Additionally, you will lead our relationships with our high-profile supporters, Ambassadors, and our programme of events including the annual Equality Dinner.


About you

You will be an inspirational, energetic, resilient leader, ideally with experience having worked within or led commercial EDI programmes, commercial income generation, and/or charity fundraising.

We seek someone with strong leadership and management skills, including coaching, change management, performance management and development, and conflict resolution.

You will be a compelling and authentic communicator who can negotiate, engage, and influence at all levels, internally and externally.

We need someone who can create, build, and deliver strategic plans, with excellent business and commercial acumen, and an understanding of risk appetites and management.

You will enjoy working in a fast-paced, complex environment with competing priorities, and be able to make sound decisions and take accountability for these, including the ability to manage ambiguity for self and others.

Crucially, you will come with a commitment to and ability to role model our vision, purpose, and values, and to LGBTQ+ rights and our approach to race equity and trans inclusion.

Equally, you will understand and be aware of intersections of oppression and have an understanding of power and privilege in the workplace.

If this sounds like you, we strongly encourage you to apply, and particularly welcome applications from women, people of colour, trans and non-binary people, and disabled people, who are currently under-represented in our senior leadership team.

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


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

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Dear applicant,

As the Chair of Stonewall, I’m very excited to see that you’re interested in joining Stonewall. At Stonewall, we stand for all lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, and ace (LGBTQ+) people.

We imagine a world where LGBTQ+ people everywhere are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the fullest. Over the last 30 years, we have helped create transformative change in the lives of LGBTQ+ people across communities in the UK.

We have travelled a path from Section 28, and the total suppression of LGBTQ+ identities in schools, to every child learning about our lives, families, and relationships as part of the national curriculum in most of the UK. That same path has taken us from a world where our relationships were criminalised to one where we have equal rights to love. And, for those of us who want to, have equal rights to marry, or to have children.

We are proud of who we are and what we have achieved together, and we know more change is desperately needed.

In every community in the UK, and around the world, LGBTQ+ people are still being abused, thrown out of their homes, and bullied in schools and workplaces. And for some LGBTQ+ people, this is particularly acute. At Stonewall, we have a powerful opportunity to challenge and address these impacts through our campaigning and programme delivery work.

Stonewall will continue to stand with, and fight for, the freedom, equity and potential of all LGBTQ+ people. Until the world we imagine is the world we live in. In 2021, we launched our Free To Be Strategy 2021-25, which sets out how we will campaign together with our partners and supporters to create the world we imagine.

Download the full strategy here.

We are one strong, proud team of staff and trustees. And we are looking to appoint a new Director of Programmes and Income to support the delivery of these ambitions. We need strong governance, strategic leadership, and strong and sustained financial health to achieve our Free To Be goals.

We are seeking to appoint a new Director of Programmes and Income who has strong commercial experience and is adept in building and leveraging impactful strategic partnerships with funders. They will also develop our EDI programmes to support employers and other organisations to create inclusive places. We are particularly seeking people who have strong commercial experience and a track record in fundraising and programmatic delivery, ideally in the field of equity, inclusion and belonging.

For this role, we are particularly keen to hear from candidates who are women, non-binary, trans, people of colour and disabled people.

At Stonewall, the successful applicant will join a vibrant, dynamic community who have a keen personal investment in the work that they do and come from a range of diverse backgrounds. We continue to build a diverse workforce, and we are also committed to ensuring we have a range of diverse experience on the Board and within the Senior Leadership Team. This enables us to benefit from the very diversity that we seek to achieve in society. There is a real opportunity to work with the Board, Senior Leadership Team and staff to motivate real and lasting change for LGBTQ+ people.

If you’re up for a challenge and you’re committed to making life better for LGBTQ+ people, we would love to hear from you.

Catherine Dixon (she/her)
Chair of Trustees, Stonewall

About Stonewall

Stonewall takes its name from the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York, spearheaded by lesbians and trans women of colour including Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Riviera, and Stormé DeLarverie.

While they are often at the forefront of social change, women of colour are rarely given due credit for their contribution to the contemporary LGBTQ+ movement.

We were founded on 24 May 1989, one year to the day since Section 28 became law. Section 28 of the Local Government Act was a piece of legislation that banned the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ by schools and councils across Britain and led to a total suppression of LGBTQ+ identities in schools.

Our founders were a small group of people who had been active in the struggle against Section 28.

They knew our communities needed a professional campaigning organisation that would fight for our rights in politics, in the media, in the courts and everywhere we learn, work, pray, and just exist.

We have been part of every major fight for LGBTQ+ rights since 1989, including an equal age of consent for gay and bi men, the end of Section 28 in Scotland and England and Wales, same-sex couples becoming free to adopt children, LGBTQ+ people becoming free to serve openly in the Armed Forces, protection from discrimination at work, the right for same sex couples to have civil partnerships, for LGBTQ+ couples to be legally recognised as parents, the right for same-sex couples to get married, and getting LGBTQ-inclusive teaching in the national curriculum.

We’re also proud of our work with thousands of people every year to fight to make their community – whether village or city, school or university, bank or charity, sports club or faith community – a place where LGBTQ+ people can thrive.

Since 2000, we’ve worked with thousands of the UK and the world’s leading employers through our Diversity Champions programme and our Workplace Empowerment programme. We’re proud to see so many more LGBTQ+ people celebrated and supported at work.

Our work spans across the UK with our teams in the devolved nations working in partnership with other civil society organisations to bring about positive change. Our global work seeks to support initiatives to tackle hate crime and to create change for LGBTQ+ communities across the globe.

And through the Rainbow Laces campaign, which started in 2013, more than a million LGBTQ+ people and allies have laced up to make sport everyone’s game. The Rainbow Laces campaign has led to sports bodies from the Premier League to community cricket clubs working with us to make LGBTQ+ inclusion a reality on their playing fields.

We see the impact of our programmes in the LGBTQ+ people who are proud and assured in who they are and are in themselves, who feel valued and included and able to thrive and champion the rights of others in our community.

Learn more about Stonewall

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      • What does intersectionality mean to you and how do you bring that to the workplace?
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    Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 29th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By close of business Friday 3rd May 2024
    First stage interviews: Tuesday 14th May 2024 (Virtual)
    Second stage interviews: Thursday 23rd May 2024 (In person, London)

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