Executive Director

London (Central), London (Greater)
01 Mar 2019
25 Mar 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Theodora Children’s Charity is a truly inspirational and pioneering charity which successfully works to improve children’s experience of being in hospital.

Forming part of an international family with its origins in Switzerland, over the past 25 years they have made a positive impact on over half a million children and their families. They improve children’s experience of being in hospital through visits from their professional performers, called Giggle Doctors. They increase opportunities for play, reduce distress and anxiety and give children back an element of control. They achieve this through improvised play which puts the child at the centre of the interaction and through the use of music, magic, storytelling, comedy and mime.

They are looking to scale and are currently training a new intake of performers, which will bring them up to a total of 35 Giggle Doctors across England who will visit over 35,000 children each year. They benefit from a small, devoted and committed team and they are in the final year of a three-year strategy so there is plenty of scope and an opportunity for their new Executive Director to shape the future growth of the charity.

Executive Director




In this, their 25th year, they are at a very exciting stage in their development. They are looking for someone ambitious and experienced to lead the charity who has a strong background in ideally major donor or corporate fundraising and who brings some knowledge of charities beyond fundraising.

You will be responsible for building on their success to date and driving future growth. Specifically, they seek to significantly increase funding to enable their work to find and reach even more children. You will need to demonstrate that you are a passionate advocate for their work. You will have the ability to develop their funding and support networks, drive their fundraising ambitions and fundraise, represent the charity externally to ensure broader recognition and build their internal capabilities, effectively leveraging the Board and supporter network. They are also looking to make new partnerships to broaden our links and reputation.

You will be entrepreneurial, with energy and vision. You will have the ability to communicate their work, success and the ambition of Theodora Children’s Charity, embracing social media and the very latest in digital marketing techniques and be able to manage and motivate people effectively and drive their fundraising ambitions. Experience of the management of finances, policies and PR will also be required.

They want a candidate who is committed to their values of authenticity, interaction, diversity, excellence and enthusiasm.

Closing date Monday 25th March 2019

Preliminary interviews with Harris Hill Thursday 4th April 2019

Final panel interviews with Theodora Children’s Charity Monday 29th April 2019

Please download the information pack for the role with full details on how to apply. If you are potentially interested in submitting an application, Philip Nelson, Director at Harris Hill on 020 7820 7314 or via email at philip.nelson@harrishill.co.uk.

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