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VCFS EDI Lead Voluntary Community Faith Sector Surrey (VCFS)

Play a pioneering role in lifting the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion ambitions and capability of the voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) in Surrey.

  • Location: Tadworth, Surrey
  • Salary: £55,000 - £60,000
  • Closing date: by 9 a.m. Monday 4th July 2022

This role presents an exciting opportunity to drive broadscale improvements and achieve the ambitions laid out by Surrey’s VCFS charities.

It has been recognised by Charity leaders that more needs to be done to drive equity, diversity and inclusion in Surrey’s Charities to ensure:

  • all communities are able to access services available
  • services are shaped with diverse voices and insights and meet those needs
  • that organisations reflect the richness of diverse communities in all levels of operation and delivery

We are seeking someone who has a specialism in equity, diversity and inclusion, with excellent communication and influencing skills and the ability to engage and work with numerous stakeholders across the VCFS, public and private sectors.

Experience of delivering diversity and inclusion strategies is essential, as is your current knowledge of diversity and inclusivity legislation and emerging policy.

As the first role of its kind at county level, you will have the opportunity to be a pioneer in this area, driving initiatives to drive positive change and chart a path which supports a more equitable Surrey.

We are seeking someone who can make an immediate impact, so if you have the strategic capability combined with practical experience to ‘get things off the ground’ then we would love to hear from you.

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

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in becoming the Surrey VCFS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead (18 months FTC).

Surrey charities (the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector – VCFS) are ambitious about Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and playing a central role in enabling everyone to have a great start in life and to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

In 2020, we set up the Surrey EDI Steering Group to bring together leaders from the charity, faith and community sectors, along with partners in the public sector and EDI experts, to help evaluate where we are, share best practice and consider actions to help create a fairer and more inclusive and equal Surrey. This steering group produced the ‘Ambitions for an Equitable Surrey’ report (March 2021), with recommendations for all Surrey VCFS organisations.

As we strive to continue this focus to create an equitable Surrey, we are delighted to have been awarded grant funding from Surrey County Council to enable a post, which will help facilitate sector-wide EDI support, challenge and learning.

The post holder will be supported the Surrey EDI Steering Group and be mentored by both of us, supported by an expert EDI lead.

The post holder will be hosted by The Children’s Trust on their standard terms and conditions of employment.

The post supports hybrid working with the requirement to be in office/community based and undertake travel, as required, to deliver the role outputs.

We look forward to receiving your application. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Dalton Leong
Chair, Surrey EDI Steering Group
Chief Executive, The Children’s Trust

Maria Mills
Member, Surrey EDI Steering Group
Chief Executive, Active Prospects

About Voluntary Community Faith Sector Surrey (VCFS)

Hosted by The Children’s Trust and in partnership with Active Prospects and Surrey County Council, this pioneering role has been created to drive the EDI initiatives of the VCFS in Surrey and contribute to system-wide improvements across the county.

This is particularly important as the impact of COVID 19 has exaggerated the inequity across Surrey and this work will enhance the third sector’s capability in supporting system partners in delivering the 2030 Vision for Surrey.

Our 2030 Vision for Surrey can be seen here.

Additional information:

Ambitions for an equitable Surrey

For more information about Voluntary Community Faith Sector Surrey, please click here.

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

    Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

    Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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    Closing date: Monday 4th July 2022
    Interviews: Tuesday 19th July 2022



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