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Head of Development and Sustainability (Fundraising)

Best Beginnings
London (Central), London (Greater)
c £50,000
Closing date
16 Dec 2020
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Best Beginnings is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of babies and young children in the UK by tackling child inequalities. All children from all backgrounds deserve the nurturing loving care and attention that provides for their healthy development. From conception, a strong beginning will lay the foundation for maximising their potential throughout their life course and enhancing their long term life chances.

Every year in the UK, tens of thousands of babies do not get the start they need in life simply because of their family circumstances. Deprivation in its various forms is associated with premature birth, low birth weight, neonatal illnesses, delayed language and speech, developmental disorders and deaths in infancy. The health and social inequalities that exist in infancy often continue through childhood into adulthood, with those children from lower socio-economic backgrounds being less likely to arrive at school ready to learn, less likely to leave school with qualifications, and more likely to suffer from obesity, cancer, heart disease and premature mortality in later life. Best Beginnings focuses on the crucial time period from preconception to a child’s fifth birthday, where the evidence shows the foundations for a healthy and happy life are laid. We aim to improve health and social outcomes for all children, but particularly those from more disadvantaged backgrounds by informing and empowering parents and the frontline professionals who support them.

The role of Head of Development & Sustainability, forming part of  the Senior Leadership Team, will lead in realising the huge potential to expand voluntary income from all sources with an initial focus on trusts, high net worth individuals and corporates. The role will require someone with energy, creativity and strategic vision as well as a disciplined approach to planning and delivery. You will initially be supported with shared resources across the team, but with the opportunity to invest in further fundraising resourcing as success is achieved. Your reward will be to see our ambitions realised and for more vulnerable parents to be supported in those crucial early years.

If you feel energised by the prospect of joining the team to take this challenge forward, we would love to hear from you. You will be joining a great team of determined staff and volunteers in a growing charity, in a collaborative, professional culture.

Please do get in touch for a copy of the job pack or for a chat:  Charlotte Wilmot, Director, Eardley Wilmot,

We hope to hear from you soon.

The deadline for this position is rolling, and we are accepting and reviewing applications as we receive them. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with your CV and covering letter. 

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