Head of Foundation

Ref: 6536

Harlequins Foundation

Twickenham Stoop Stadium | Langhorn Drive | Twickenham | Middlesex | TW2 7SX

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Role Managed by:

Jake Smith

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 3928 7374

e: jake.smith@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: A competitive salary and benefits package is on offer, commensurate with the skills and responsibilities of a role of this significance.

Closing Date: 19/06/2023

The Harlequins Foundation is the charitable arm of Harlequin FC Limited. We work with vulnerable children and young people within the Harlequins Heartlands to positively impact their lives through the power of sport. Whilst still relatively young we have made great strides in developing a framework that guides our delivery, one that focuses on developing the essential skills people need to thrive and succeed in life.

We are at an incredibly exciting time in our development, backed by an impressive Board of Trustees and an enthusiastic supportive rugby club with a rich heritage, an iconic brand, highly regarded playing squads and an extensive fan base, all of which offers a hugely significant platform for our future success. 

We now seek to appoint our next Head of the Foundation who will work to ensure the Foundation’s long-term success, maximising its impact on the Harlequins homelands. Reporting to the Foundation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harlequins FC, the Head of the Foundation will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization and its programmes. With an annual revenue of close to £800,000, they will be tasked to increase revenues in order to invest in the community and increase the amount of social value created through the programmes we deliver.

This role offers a unique challenge for an individual with a genuine passion for youth and community development, education, health and of course the power of sport. The successful candidate will be a strategic and inclusive leader, shaping and delivering the strategy for Foundation as it enters the next stage of its development. With excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative, partnership-based approach, they will be skilled at developing strong relationship across a complex stakeholder landscape. Importantly, they will have an affinity with the values and aims of the Foundation, and the gravitas, communication, and ambassadorial skills to represent and advocate for our mission.

For further details, including the job description, person specification, and information on how to apply, please visit https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies quoting reference number 6536. Candidates wishing to apply should submit a CV (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification.

The closing date for applications is 09:00am (BST) on Monday 19th June.

Harlequins Foundation will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm Perrett Laver. Any initial enquiries should be directed to Jake Smith at Jake.Smith@perrettlaver.com and +44 (0)20 3928 7374.


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