Head of People and Culture

The Trussell Trust is an amazing place to work – but we wish it didn’t have to exist, because we don’t believe that a charity like ours should be needed at all.

Unfortunately, for now the need is undeniable. We support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK, many of which are based in and run by local churches. With around 28,000 volunteers across the country, our small central team serves the operational needs of this network. As you would expect, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on need. The number of food bank parcels provided to people in crisis increased by 89% in April 2020 compared to the same period last year, and the need for services specifically for children more than doubled. And we promise that we will be there as long as we can help.

However, public and partner support has also increased exponentially during the past year, so that we have been able both to meet the rise in need and continue to campaign for an end to the structural issues which lock people into destitution. With a new strategy ready to launch, we’re investing in compelling advocacy, communications and engagement – and most of all, in the talented, passionate people – which will help end the need for food banks.

You’ll work to develop and roll out a class-leading people experience across all our activities. Overseeing all relevant policies, processes and systems – e.g. pay, reward and professional development – you’ll enable us to attract and retain the very best talent in support of our society-changing work. Reporting to the Director of People, and responsible for driving the People Strategy across the organisation and our wider networks, you’ll provide expert advice to the Senior Leadership Group and People and Culture board.

As a key steward of the values of the Trussell Trust, you’ll model exemplary leadership behaviours. We prize a culture of collaboration, participation and inclusivity, and you’ll support the Director of Diversity & Inclusion as a powerful advocate of ED&I.

MCIPD qualified, candidates will bring significant experience of developing and implementing best-practice People Strategies, including leading cultural and process change programmes. An outstanding written and spoken communicator, you’ll be skilled at introducing practical, credible approaches to ensure that our target culture is adopted and embedded. Sound knowledge of relevant legislation is a must, and you’ll have extensive experience of applying the principles in complex real-world scenarios. Finally, our mission makes personal integrity and commitment to the values of the Trust – including profound empathy for people experiencing challenge – non-negotiable.

Please click Apply here on Changeboard to find out more & apply.

And for a confidential, informal conversation, please contact Robert Muncaster at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or email

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