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Interim Director (CEO) First Give

At First Give, we ignite sparks of social conscience in young people, so they contribute to a world where everyone is encouraged to engage in regular philanthropic citizenship. We’re looking for an Interim Director (CEO) to continue the great work of our charity during a period of maternity cover.

  • Location: West Hampstead, London
  • Salary: Negotiable

We are looking for an interim leader on a fixed-term basis while our current Director, Louisa Searle, takes maternity leave. The position will broadly cover the 2022-2023 academic year, with the aim of providing continuity of the work that Louisa has led since 2017.

The First Give programme is designed to empower participating students and schools by encouraging engagement in social action. Our Interim Director must embody our values, recognise the value and the potential of our product, and be passionate about making impactful positive changes.

We require an Interim Director who will support the smooth running of our charity, whilst proactively seeking to add to our growing list of participating schools across England and Wales. We are looking for a person with a strong track record of seeking out opportunities and delivering on them, so we can increase our reach. We have some exciting pilot projects that we will welcome your involvement in, all with a view to expanding our reach and national impact.

With this opportunity being fixed term until July 2023, it is paramount that you can build relationships with our Trustee Board, funders, donors, and stakeholders, quickly and effectively. We are planning for a handover period with Louisa to ensure this happens. Building a successful working relationship with our experienced and brilliant team of staff will be instrumental in contributing to our success over this next year, and laying the foundations for growth beyond it.

The Trustee Board would like to appoint an Interim Director with a broad and successful track record in charity leadership. This opportunity is likely to suit someone looking for a change in their career, or an experienced interim charity leader, or consultant. We believe that someone who has led managers and their teams previously and worked with a Trustee Board would be very helpful, alongside having overseen socially-focused services which are aligned to strategic aims.

Whilst we are confident the majority of our income is secure, we have bold ambitions, and so having an Interim Director who is experienced in meeting the necessary income generation targets, to allow us to continue to expand the work we do with schools, would be helpful.

As the successful candidate, you will also be the public-facing champion of First Give, helping to build our relationships, with funders, leaders in education and beyond. You will need to be as comfortable working with young people, trustees, schools and charities, as you will be working with stakeholders such as high-net-worth individuals and trusts and foundations to identify and secure funding opportunities.

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

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033



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Welcome from the Chair and Director

Thank you for your interest in the role of Interim Director at First Give.

First Give wishes to see a world where more people habitually take action, collectively or individually, to support the causes that they care about. We believe that by encouraging young people to support charities through social action (donating, fundraising, awareness-raising, volunteering and so on), a ‘spark of social conscience’ will be ignited in them that will lead to ongoing interest and commitment to philanthropic action and supporting their communities.

We know that 82% of 10–to 20-year-olds care about making the world a better place, according to the National Youth Social Action Survey (2019). Yet the number of young people participating in social action has fallen year on year, with many in the survey saying that it was due to lack of access and opportunity. Our model that works with secondary schools to deliver our core programme, seeks to provide just that access and opportunity.

In the academic year 2021/2022 we engaged 200 schools in England and Wales to work with us. This means that around 36,000 young people have experienced the First Give programme this academic year.Our ambitions are to build on these numbers for our core programme, as well as explore further opportunities to engage children and young people through additional programmes. That’s where you come in.

This is an exciting and challenging year for First Give and so too for the role of Interim Director, which will provide you with the opportunity to be part of our inspiring journey as a leader in the education and charitable sector.

You will find more information about our work, our strategy, the role of the Interim Director, and how to apply within this digital pack.

Yours sincerely,

Sinclair Beecham                Louisa Searle

Chair                                       Director

About First Give

First Give was formed in 2014 with the intention of igniting a spark of social conscience in young people and contributing to a world where everyone is encouraged to engage in regular philanthropic citizenship. It launched its core programme in a handful of secondary schools in London and since then has grown to 200 schools across England and Wales with ambitions to reach more in the coming years.

Designed to empower all classes in an entire school year group, the core First Give programme raises awareness and prompts a sense of personal responsibility. Fully resourced activities over eight lessons and facilitated workshops help build understanding, confidence and valuable life skills, and the students engage in social action in direct support of their chosen local charities.

The First Give programme:


Students learn about social issues in their community and choose which are important to them


Students research charities working in their community and as a class, choose one to represent


Charities are invited to meet the class, so that students can learn more about their work and how to help them

Plan & Deliver

Students plan and deliver social action activities (fundraising, awareness raising, volunteering) in support of their charities


Students learn how to put together creative presentations about the work of their charity and what their class has done to support it

School Final

One presentation is chosen to represent each class at the School Final, attended by parents, charities and the year group. Having presented to a panel of volunteer judges, the class who has engaged best with the programme wins £1,000 for their charity.

Our impact

In the academic year 2020/2021 we learned that:

94% of teachers rated First Give as moderately or very successful at igniting a spark of social conscience

84% of students surveyed at the end of First Give understood what social action is compared to 35% at the beginning (up 49%)

82% of students surveyed at the end of First Give reported high confidence in at least one of the First Give key skill areas

85% of students surveyed at the end of First Give said they may or will do more social action in the future

71% of teachers rated First Give as moderately or highly successful at supporting their school to engage with the community

In addition to these outcomes for young people, First Give has given nearly £1 million in charitable grants since it began in 2014. This is in addition the money raised by young people themselves and the time they’ve given to support the causes they care about.

Click here to view our intended impact and our Theory of Change.

Our values

Our values underpin everything we do and guide the way in which we operate. We are known for being:

  • Altruistic
  • Inspiring
  • Empowering
  • Collaborative
  • Professional

Our strategic goals 2021-2024

Over these three years, First Give will aim to:

  1. Work in partnership with more schools across England & Wales year on year
  2. Deepen the impact of First Give by developing additional programme offers, creating a ‘giving journey’
  3. Promote charitable giving, social action and philanthropic citizenship so that they are seen as habits that are accessible to everyone


First Give is committed to equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment are designed to ensure that no job applicant, volunteer or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We would be happy to source a sign language interpreter if required
  • We provide a flexible working environment, including locations

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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

    Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

    Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

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    Closing date: 12 p.m. Monday 11th July 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: by 5 p.m. Monday 18th July 2022

    Interviews: Tuesday 26th July or Wednesday 27th July 2022

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