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Melissa Baxter

Managing Partner – Charities
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£Competitive with excellent benefits


The Organisation

The Wimbledon Foundation, established in 2013, is the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships. Their 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 four key goals; to strengthen the local community by tackling social disadvantage in Merton and Wandsworth; to promote healthy and active lives by advancing good mental and physical health for all; to inspire the next generation by creating opportunities for young people to learn valuable skills for life and to respond in times of need, making a difference to those facing adversity. 

The Role

The Foundation are looking for their next Head of Foundation to provide strategic leadership for Foundation activities, staff and stakeholders. You will represent the Foundation at profile raising and external networking events and build positive relationships with key individuals from charities, local authorities, schools, commercial partners, local community organisations and other relevant bodies as required. Local giving and being visible to these communities is extremely important.

Other key responsibilities include:
  • Working with Trustees and key stakeholders to agree strategic plans to meet the Foundation’s vision and long-term goals; researching and making recommendations to the Board on potential new initiatives for the Foundation
  • Leading and developing the people who work in the Wimbledon Foundation team
  • Continuing to raise the profile of the Foundation’s work in close liaison with the AELTC communications team and build the brand of the Foundation
  • Developing key partnership and funding arrangements including with national and international charity partners
  • Overseeing overarching grant fund strategy and policy, including application process, due diligence, fund distribution, monitoring and evaluation to understand the effectiveness of funded programmes
  • Maintaining close and effective working relationships with the wider AELTC team engaged in Foundation activities such as the Learning Department, the Community & Social Responsibility Committee, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative
  • Delivering robust governance for the Foundation in close collaboration with the Finance team including preparation of the Budget and monitoring against it, Trustee meeting organisation and sound financial management
  • Ensuring compliance with safeguarding requirements, health and safety, legislation and standards relevant to the role

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 build and maintain a strong team. This is a very exciting opportunity with endless opportunity for growth and personal and professional fulfillment.

Key attributes include:
  • A proven track record of strategic thinking and ability to see the whole picture, as well as close attention to detail
  • 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, setting up and leading community related programmes, working with local authorities, schools and local associations
  • Professional and diplomatic with excellent interpersonal, networking and influencing skills; able to build and maintain good working relationships with a wide range of people
  • Adept 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 budget management and the organisation and chairing of meetings
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills, including the ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Highly numerate, with an excellent knowledge of budgeting/financial reporting and 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, accurate reports and make high level presentations to key stakeholders
  • Experience of working in a corporate foundation or charitable activities linked to a parent company, with enthusiasm for sport and an interest in tennis

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: Monday 11th October 2021
Preliminary Interviews with Russam: W/C 11th & 18th October 2021
Interviews with AELTC/The Wimbledon Foundation: W/C 1st November 2021

Melissa Baxter

Managing Partner – Charities
[email protected]
Applications are closed for this vacancy. Please take a look at our available vacancies
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