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Director of Operations and Business Development | FitzRoy


Are you a person-centred and values driven strategic leader who wants to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities? If so, this could be the role for you.

  • Location: Petersfield with national travel when required
  • Salary: £85,000 + car or car allowance

About the role

FitzRoy is a national charity committed to supporting and transforming the lives of people with learning disabilities and autism. We were founded in 1962 by Elizabeth FitzRoy and John Williams, pioneering parents who wanted their children with disabilities to have a better life. They were determined that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live in small homes in their communities, rather than in institutions hidden and cut off from life.

Today, this strong value base continues to drive us every day and ensure that people with learning disabilities and autism live the life they choose, and not a life defined by disability. From supported volunteering and community involvement through to assistive technology and service user forums; we offer a diverse range of services, tailored to the wants, needs and aspirations of people with disabilities – listening and engaging with the people we support to continually develop our approach to care.

We are now seeking a Director of Operations and Business Development to provide visible and clear leadership to our dedicated and committed team. Bringing robust, strategic thinking to help continue to evolve and grow our organisation, enabling us to support more people and ultimately transform more lives.

Could it be you?

Who we're looking for

Our Director of Operations and Business Development will bring a proven track record of delivering significant organisational growth and will have well-honed strategic skills to anticipate new opportunities, forecast and plan ahead. With demonstrable strategic leadership experience within a social care setting, you will work collegiately with our experienced senior leadership team to inform the direction of the organisation and drive quality, innovation and continuous service improvement.

You will be a person-centred and visible leader with the ability to engage, influence and inspire teams across Operations, Quality Management, Health and Safety and Business Development. Sharing our values of seeing the person, being creative and being brave, you will have leadership experience of enabling geographically dispersed multi-disciplinary teams to tailor support to the needs of every individual.

To hear more about this opportunity please speak to our advising consultants:

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

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 3rd February 2020

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

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Anna Galliford - CEO, FitzRoy

FitzRoy is a pioneering organisation that transforms lives every day. I am delighted you’re taking an interest in this position which plays such a central part in supporting people with learning disabilities and autism to flourish and live the lives they choose.

You will be joining a successful and sustainable organisation which puts people we support at the heart of everything we do and the decisions we make. This past year has been one of growth with new contracts in Hampshire, branching out into Coventry and further growth in Kent. We have outperformed our operational and fundraising forecasts, with our income growing by 15%. We have exceptional staff who deliver outstanding standards of care and support for our service users and we remain true to our values; being creative in the way we deliver support, being brave in the decisions that we make and continually seeing the person in everything we do.

As we look ahead to the future, we are seeking a new Director of  Operations and Business Development to bring the strategic thinking needed to help steer a path forward. You will navigate the ongoing challenges that exist within our environment, continue to drive forward on our ambition for outstanding quality and first and foremost focus on enabling the people we support to realise their goals and dreams.

We are looking for a strategic and collaborative leader who can challenge and enable us to continue to be creative, agile and responsive in delivering our services. You will be a visible leader, committed to supporting and developing a committed, diverse and able staff team. You will also help to build our strong reputation and drive our growth which will enable us to support more people with learning disabilities and autism.

FitzRoy is an inspiring organisation which continues to strive every day to be the best it can be. If you share our values and really want to make a transformative difference, we look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,


The Heart of FitzRoy

A national charity transforming the lives of people with learning disabilities. As a value-driven organisation, the people we support are always at the heart of everything we do, and this helps us transform lives.

Fifty years ago, most adults with learning disabilities lived their lives isolated and often ostracised from their communities. Elizabeth FitzRoy and John Williams both had a vision of a different way of doing things.

Over our more than fifty-year history, we have celebrated many landmarks – from opening new locations, through to charity appeals. Extending Elizabeth and John’s vision and developing the charity has enabled us to contribute to making meaningful lives for the people we support.

Our mission and vision

FitzRoy transforms lives every day, supporting people with learning disabilities to do the simple things that make a real difference to their everyday life.

Our vision, mission and values guide us each step of the way, and are as important now as when the charity first began. Our vision is a society where people are treated equals, regardless of their disability. Our mission is to transform lives by supporting people with learning disabilities to lead the lives they choose.

  • Be the best for the people we support
  • Nurture a talented workforce
  • Help more people
  • Develop exceptional relationships
  • Bring about lasting change

John Williams, co-founder of FitzRoy, tells his personal story

Involving the people we support

We believe that the best people to help us improve our services are the people who use them. The people we support take part in regional forums and help us to recruit the best people by taking part in staff interviews.

Our goal is to give those we support a collective voice in their care and the ability to influence the thinking and focus of the organisation.

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

Lucy Mavers | 07947 935068 | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification and explains your motivation for applying.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Director of Operations and Business Development, FitzRoy” into the subject field.

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.

Disabled applicants 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 job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 3rd February 2020
Preliminary interviews: Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th February 2020
Site visit, service user panel and interview: w/c Monday 24th February 2020
Final panel: w/c Monday 2nd March 2020

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and FitzRoy are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring form.

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