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Chief Executive Officer/Head of Charity.

OrganisationHenderson Trust
LocationHenderson Business Centre, Ivy Road Norwich, NR5 8BF
WebsiteVisit organisation website
Contract typePermanent
SalaryStarting salary between £55,000 and £60,000 depending on experience. Salary range £55,000 - £65,000.
HoursFull Time (37 hours per week),
Date posted4 April 2024
Closing date19 April 2024

About Henderson Trust

Henderson Trust is a registered charity based and working in the West of Norwich. The Trust is the successor body to the City’s New Deal for Communities delivery body which received government funding between 2000 and 2010. During that time a significant asset base was created and Henderson Trust now uses that asset base as a source of income to continue its community development work. Henderson Trust works in one of the most disadvantaged communities in the East of England.

The Trust owns and manages a modern business centre, numerous industrial units and a fire station which is leased to the local authority. The Trust also manages a community centre and owns and maintains a large community park.

As well as its commercial responsibilities the Trust also undertakes various outreach projects in the community.

Henderson Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is a committed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young people and vulnerable adults, providing prevention, protection and support.

The role of the chief executive/head of charity is to:

  • Lead and steer the Trust in achieving its vision, mission, values and objectives
  • Maintain, develop and implement services and activities which contribute to the development of the community
  • Manage the assets of the Trust to meet all regulatory requirements and to maximise income streams
  • Represent the organisation externally, promoting services, and enhancing its reputation with partners

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic Leadership: Provide vision and strategic direction for the organisation, ensuring alignment with its mission and goals
  • Governance: Work with the Trustees to establish and maintain effective governance structures and practices
  • Asset Management: Maintain all of the Trust’s assets to high standards, meeting all regulatory requirements and maximising income generation. Maintain the Henderson Business Centre as a successful location and venue for commercial activities
  • Resource Management: Secure and manage resources, including funding, to support the Trust’s activities and sustainability
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including the local and wider community, staff, volunteers, and statutory partners
  • Organisational Culture: Maintain a positive organisational culture that aligns with the values and objectives of the Trust and reflects the needs of the community
  • Programme Development and Delivery: Oversee the development and delivery of programmes and services in line with objectives and the needs of funding bodies
  • Financial Management: Ensure sound financial management, including budgeting, financial reporting, and compliance with relevant regulations
  • Representation: Serve as the public face of the organisation, representing it in various forums and media
  • Risk Management: Maintain the Trust’s risk management system, ensuring risks are managed appropriately and necessary mitigations are in place
  • Performance Monitoring: Monitor, assess and report the Trust’s performance against targets, goals and objectives
  • Communication: Communicate the Trust’s mission, goals, and achievements to relevant partners using a range of media
  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements and maintain high standards in the safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults
  • Human Resources Management: Manage the recruitment, development, and retention of skilled and motivated staff, Trustees and volunteers

About you: 

Educated to degree standard or with an equivalent professional qualification

Experience of delivering services and activities in a disadvantaged community and with a wide range of partners

Experience of commercial property management and wider asset management

A good understanding of legal and regulatory frameworks as they apply to all aspects of commercial and charitable operations

The desire to pursue the mission and objectives of the Trust with passion and commitment with a hands-on approach

The ability to lead, manage and motivate staff, Trustees, volunteers and partners in an inclusive, positive and confident way

Willing to undertake a DBS check at the enhanced level

How to apply

You should send your CV (no more than two pages) and covering letter (no more than two pages) to:


Nick Craig, Henderson Trust, Henderson Business Centre, 51 Ivy Road, Norwich, NR5 8BF

The closing date/time for applications is 4pm, Friday 19 April 2024. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Interviews will take place on Monday 29 April. All short-listed candidates will be invited to attend for an interview which will take place in the morning of the 29th. This will be followed by an informal lunch with Trustees and partner organisations with the possibility of a second interview in the afternoon. Please note there is no flexibility in this date.

If you have not heard from us by 24th April you can assume that your application has not been successful. If this is the case, thank you for your interest in Henderson Trust.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence work on Monday 5 August 2024 and may wish to arrange to spend some time with the outgoing chief executive before taking up the position.