The Wimbledon Foundation - Head of Foundation (15-18 month contract)

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Melissa Baxter

Managing Partner – Charities

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Competitive with excellent benefits
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The Organisation

The Wimbledon Foundation, established in 2013, is the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships. Our aim is to use the collective strength of Wimbledon to make a positive difference to people's lives in the local community and beyond.

The Foundation champions opportunity for all and has three key goals:

  • Locally we strengthen and support our diverse communities
  • Nationally we use the power of sport to inspire young people
  • Internationally we build healthy communities and respond in times of need

The Role

The Foundation are looking for an excellent Head of Foundation to provide strategic leadership over a period of 15-18 months (maternity cover).

This role assumes overall responsibility for the Wimbledon Foundation, its strategic direction and all activities. This position is a key appointment, and the role holder will lead the Foundation team, work closely with the Trustees, and build and maintain relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Following a significant period of change the Foundation is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary and implementing a new strategy.

The Person

We are looking for an individual with a real passion for making a difference to those living in disadvantaged communities and the drive to build on Foundation achievements to date, in the local area and further afield. A flair for communication in a variety of settings would go a long way, together with the ability to maintain a strong team. 

Key attributes include:

  • A proven track record of strategic thinking and ability to see the whole picture, as well as close attention to detail.
  • You will have significant, relevant experience in a charity, community or grant making organisation at senior management level, including administration of the allocation of charitable funds.
  • A solid understanding, and knowledge of, Charity law and governance.
  • Experience in effectively leading a team, establishing and leading community related programmes, working with local authorities, schools and charities.
  • Professional and diplomatic with excellent interpersonal, networking and influencing skills.
  • Experience of, or comfortable with, public speaking including media and press.
  • Experienced at building and maintaining effective working relationships and working collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders, including working with non-executive or charitable boards.
  • Strong general management skills, including team leadership, experience in financial management and charity board reporting.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, work flexibly and deliver under pressure.
  • Highly numerate, with an excellent knowledge of budgeting/financial reporting and the ability to analyse complex information and figures.
  • Integrity and empathy with an ability to relate to people from all social sectors.
  • Imagination, drive and determination to ensure successful conclusion of tasks, experienced at leading cross-functional work streams and projects.
  • Excellent IT and communication skills both written and verbal, including the ability to write succinct and accurate reports and make high level presentations to the wider business and key stakeholders.
  • You’ll have experience of working in a corporate foundation or charitable activities linked to a parent company, with an enthusiasm for the Foundation’s work.

Further Information

For comprehensive information about The Wimbledon Foundation, the role responsibilities and the person they are looking for, please download the Candidate Information Document.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this excellent opportunity, please provide the following:

  • An up to date CV with the details of two referees (they will not be contacted without your permission)
  • A supporting statement that addresses the criteria in the person specification and outlines your motivations for applying

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Melissa Baxter at Russam on [email protected] / 07789 985229.

Closing date: Tuesday 2nd April 2024
Preliminary Interviews with Russam: Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April 2024
Interviews with The Wimbledon Foundation: Selected times over 25th April 2024 / 1st & 2nd May 2024 

We are no longer accepting applications for this role
For further opportunities, please review our live vacancies or register on our candidate resource hub to receive regular role updates.