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The need for professional individuals within the heritage, arts and culture sector has never been stronger. From trustee, to senior leaders, to entry level positions we are trusted recruitment partner of multiple organisations.

We understand why your organisation is special and will partner with you to bring about the best outcomes for your organisation. Working with you to attract top talent to your organisation.

As a values led business every HR professional search will follow the Charisma way and ensure that we attract a diverse set of suitable candidates. Your dedicated consultant will work with our experienced resourcing team, who have developed their search model to be thorough, creative and wide-ranging.

Some of our successful appointments

  • Five trustees, Dorset County Museum

  • Director of Development, Imperial War Museums

  • Interim Development Manager, Brunel Museum

  • CEO, Live Music Now

  • Commercial Manager, The Gurkha Museum

  • Three trustees, Hampshire Cultural Trust

  • Grants and Prospect Researcher, Mary Rose Trust

  • Head of Finance, Music in Hospitals

  • Head of Procurement, Imperial War Museums

  • Head of Finance, Painshill Park Trust

  • Trusts Fundraiser, Historic Royal Palaces

  • Head of Fundraising, We The Curious

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What people say about Charisma

Don't just take our word for it, read what others who have worked with us have to say about their experience of partnering with us.

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​The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre appointed Charisma Recruitment to support us in the search for a new Chair or Trustees. Jenny and the team were very supportive and took a lot of time to really listen and understand our requirements at the start of the process. They were keen to have a full picture of our organisation in order to help us effectively.We had never used an agency before but Charisma kept in touch to let us know how recruitment was going and to make sure we were happy at every step of the way.We were very pleased with the result and felt that our requirements had really been heard and met. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again on a similar project.

​The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre

​Charisma have supported me in completing two recruitment assignments over six months. I was impressed at the time and care Jenny and her team took to understand the organisation, role and team the candidates would be joining.  Their search produced a high standard of candidates who were all well prepared for their interviews.  Throughout the process Jenny showed great attention to detail and gave helpful insight into candidates’ motivations and attitudes.  I would strongly recommend Charisma to both candidates and recruiters

Historic Royal Palaces

​We recently recruited for a new Director of Development for the Imperial War Museums. Charisma have met the brief fully and provided us with an excellent choice of candidates. We are very happy with the service provided.

Imperial War Museums

​We thought Charisma were great. They delivered everything we asked of them, including a good spectrum of candidates.  Charisma provided a highly professional service, understood us as the client and represented us professionally with prospective candidates. Our successful appointee reported that he too had a really good experience throughout his recruitment process.  We would highly recommend them and will be using them again when the need arises. 

The Royal Photographic Society

​Charisma handled two challenging recruitments for Live Music Now in 2020.The first was for a Development Director, always a difficult post to fill in the arts world.  Charisma found a good crop of candidates and we chose an excellent candidate who then reversed her decision to join us when her current employer gave her a huge pay rise.But we did another sift and found another excellent candidate who joined.  This was a difficult period but Charisma handled it well, as they did the whole process.  Later in the year we used Charisma to help us recruit for the new position of Chief Executive.  Jenny Warner provided sensitive and prompt help at all stages of preparing for and conducting the search. Over 100 candidates were found and many were excellent.  We were very demanding in the process of shortlisting and interviewing eventually turned down all our first shortlist but Charisma handled the whole process well and the result was excellent. They were a pleasure to work with and I would use them again for a similar appointment

Live Music Now

​In our search to recruit a more diversified group of Trustees, Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society appointed Charisma to find five new trustees, each with a specific background and expertise to complement our existing Board.The Team at Charisma created a very detailed and cost effective campaign to meet the trustee criteria we had set, during the whole process we were regularly updated with progress reports.We were extremely pleased with the candidates presented to us all of whom showed a high calibre of skills. We are delighted with our chosen five new Trustees who will assist us in delivering a sustainable and exciting future for our museum.Thank you to Jenny and her team for delivering such a successful and professional campaign.

Dorset County Museum

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A new chapter for Charisma

​We have some exciting news to share with you.Jenny Warner founded Charisma 20 years ago and has grown the business to be one of the most respected recruitment consultancies in the charity and not-for-profit sectors in the UK. Jenny has decided that now is the right time for her to hand over the management of Charisma to ensure its continued development and growth.We’re delighted to announce that Executive Director Adam Stacey, who has been on the management team at Charisma for almost three years, has acquired the company and will continue to lead the business with the same values-driven approach that Jenny and the team have delivered since 2002.Jenny will remain in an advisory role with Charisma and our team will continue to provide the same high-quality and personal service that we've always delivered.Jenny said, “it has been such a privilege to support countless charities and not-for-profit organisations, getting to know so many people and I can honestly say that it has been a joy to see them flourish in a wide variety of inspirational charities. I am indebted to the support and dedication of the Charisma team over the last 20 years, all of whom have played a critical part in the success of the business.I am very proud of what we have achieved, and I know that, in Adam, the business is in safe hands and will continue to thrive under his leadership.”Adam has been on the management team at Charisma for nearly three years, supporting Jenny in the direction of the business and successfully recruiting for multiple roles across the sector. Adam worked in the charity sector as a development director and CEO before joining Charisma, and he continues to be a charity trustee and Chartered Member of the Institute of Fundraising. Adam says, “Jenny’s invitation to acquire Charisma is an exciting opportunity for me. Charisma is a values-led business that strives to achieve the best results possible for our clients and candidates, it truly is a special company to be a part of and now lead.The team is exceptional, settled and ready to journey into the next chapter of Charisma’s history. Together, we are excited for what lies ahead and will continue to support the sector with the best possible service.”Adam became Managing Director with effect from 1 May 2022 and can be contacted on 01962 813300, on LinkedIn or via our online form.

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We're 20 years old!

Charisma is celebrating a special birthday this year, we have reached the milestone of 20 years partnering with not-for-profit organisations to find charity leaders and their teams. Not only that, but we have been supporting individuals find great roles whose career choice is to work in the charity sector. How the world and the methods of recruitment have evolved since Charisma was founded in 2002! From the days of advertising roles in the local paper to where we are now, with high levels of social media engagement to search for the most talented people to join an organisation.  What hasn’t changed is the importance of carefully selecting people who display the best attitude and belief in the cause and recognising ability, attitude and specific qualities when you see them.There have been many highlights along the way, not least mentoring and helping thousands of individuals on their career journeys through our personal Career Clinics to supporting hundreds of charities of all sizes, from national household name charities through to those with just a handful of staff, all of whom have needed help with their recruitment plans. We have also hosted three Charity Awards events founded by Charisma where trustees, CEOs, fundraisers and volunteers were nominated for awards. Each event with 300 guests attending to celebrate the recognition of their peers’ contribution to a particular charity.  For more than 10 years, we have brought charity CEOs and trustees together for ‘Charisma Conversations’ peer-networking events in venues across the UK that have been well received and described as rare opportunities to share experiences in a confidential and convivial setting. In these last two years, through such different times, these events have moved online as webinars, with nearly 100 CEOs attending our last virtual event.None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the Charisma team, several of whom have been supporting our clients and candidates for many years.  The teams commitment to providing an ethical and professional recruitment service at all times has ensured consistency in the efficient and honest approach that we have.For a long time, but particularly over the past two years, our long-standing relationships to support the charity sector have shown that, despite the perceived ease of recruiting through social media channels, there remains, very definitely, a need for a tailored and personal approach to recruitment for CEO’s, Trustees, and senior managers that Charisma continues to offer. Supporting the sector is what gets us all out of bed in the morning, to deliver the best of services and we're always blown away by the fantastic testimonials that people leave us.2022 and beyond bring exciting growth plans for Charisma, due to the increasing demand for our search & selection support. We are expanding our team of both consultants and support staff, to ensure our readiness to keep up with the demand from our growing client base as well as helping individuals with their careers.  Come with us on our journey and take advantage of recruiting ‘the Charisma way’ !The Charisma Team on a recent all staff day at The Pump House in Winchester

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A reflection: 2021 and beyond

The rollercoaster that has been 2021 has brought both multiple challenges and significant opportunities to the charities that Charisma supports.  From the uncertainties of the early months of the year, we have witnessed great optimism, energy and innovation amongst charity leaders and their senior managers to maximise their capacity to develop their services.With the benefits of furlough, many charity staff continued to be engaged with their employers, albeit at a distance, for a while. However, long before the government support ended, our experience has been that many organisations needed to bring back and add additional staff – quickly – due to the increased need for each charity’s services. This, we believe, was due to business plans being hastily adapted due to the pandemic which allowed new initiatives to be developed on service delivery, the building of new partnerships and the breadth of diversity for income generation to be explored.  Innovative and adapted services have become multi-faceted allowing greater agility in how charity teams can offer flexibility of communications and support to their beneficiaries.The result of this has meant that Charisma has never been busier, being retained to assist with multiple recruitment projects in even greater numbers than before, for senior and executive level recruitment as well as for skilled and professional trustees.  The changes we have most encountered are in pragmatic, business-savvy charity leaders who have revised their attitudes to employee engagement and retention by, adapting previously held views on working hours, location, and essential skills sets.  We hear from our clients that finding top quality individuals for their roles is proving to be even more of a challenge this year than in ‘normal’ times and they realise that targeting specific talent and being an open-minded employer are the only sure ways of knowing that you will find the best employees.  Motivated individuals can - and do - learn, adapt and change their career path through open and honest evaluation of their skills, being able to achieve required outcomes and future personal development in a new role.   A wise interviewer will look for these transferable qualities and explore an individual’s motivation, attitude and purpose, to look beyond the CV and, ultimately, identify what will most benefit the charity.Over the past 20 months, we have talked to so many people who have experienced significant life changes and many have re-assessed their motivating factors, recognising that they wish to do more to help those less fortunate than themselves in society.  During this time, our team have identified talented, professional and committed trustees and Chairs, who genuinely want to support a charity that means something to them.  Through our collaboration with diverse groups, such as Black on Board, our focus is always to offer a wide selection of candidates from all backgrounds, who can demonstrate the required skills sets, as well as bringing ‘lived experience’ as a key part of aligning themselves to a particular organisation.Such has been the need for our recruitment expertise and contacts that the team at Charisma has expanded to offer specific experience within the faith, health, disability, care, education and culture sectors.With new opportunities for continued growth around the corner in 2022, there has never been a better time to explore options for your future recruitment plans.  Charisma is here to support you, whenever the time is right, so please do contact us for a confidential and no-obligation discussion. ​

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