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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
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.Read our testimonials
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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Charity CEO celebratory networking event
We were thrilled to welcome charity CEOs to our celebratory networking event held in partnership with Sarasin & Partners last week. How lovely to meet with people in a face-to-face environment for the first time in over 19 months and, for many, the first trip back in to central London since last year. With webinar fatigue rife across the sector we opted to hold a 'Question Time' format session for everyone gathered to enter into a shared conversation. We were fortunate to have an experienced panel of experts in Dayo Olomu from Black on Board Community, Kate Lee from Alzheimer's Charity and Sophie Andrews from Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. All three speakers offered valuable insights to all who gathered and we are very grateful to each of them for what they contributed to the discussion. We explored some massive topics, including CEO well-being, working with your trustees, partnership working and board diversity. The interactive nature was a welcome approach, giving opportunity for the session to explore these various topics and for us to learn from one another.Following the session there was opportunity for networking with drinks and canapes on the balcony at Sarasin & Partners, overlooking the magnificent St Paul's Cathedral. After so long without this type of interaction the conversations were flowing and the atmosphere was full of energy and enthusiasm. We and those attending were having such a lovely time, but sadly light stopped play and we were forced to draw the event to a close! It is lovely to receive such lovely feedback from attendees, saying lovely things like:"I can't tell you how lovely it was to be out and meeting inspiring new people, and in such a beautiful setting. The speakers were excellent too.""Thoroughly enjoyable and so useful from a networking perspective. Nice to know the pressure we are facing in our individual roles are in fact common to the sector. Thank you for inviting me.""Brilliant and helpful, thank you so much!" Jenny Warner, Managing Director at Charisma said, "it was so lovely to be able to have everyone together in person, it has been a fantastic evening and we are very grateful to all who came. We never cease to be inspired by such fantastic individuals and organisations doing so much good, it is wonderful to come together in this way and share our experiences."We host these events to enable sector leaders to interact in a peer-to-peer environment, share learning and have the opportunity to grow their networks. If you'd be interested in hearing about future events then please do contact us through the website, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 998 8888.We look forward to seeing you at the next one!
9 months in charity recruitment
We were so pleased to welcome Katherine to the team in September 2020, having joined us from working in senior development roles in the third sector. A shift in career can be a daunting prospect - I know as I did the same 2 years ago - but especially for Katherine in the midst of a global pandemic. I had the chance to ask Katherine some questions about her first 9-months with us here at Charisma.Katherine, you joined Charisma in September 2020, what was it like starting a new job right in the middle of the pandemic?Strange! That is the obvious answer but also exciting, and it certainly made me even more grateful for the opportunity. When I started at Charisma, I had been on furlough for 5.5 months, so being back in a working environment was daunting but thankfully the team was incredibly welcoming and supportive. I had been a Development Manager and part of the Senior Management Team for an arts charity on the south coast. Like many arts and heritage organisations, who rely on visitor numbers and audiences attending shows, performances and events, it was an incredibly tough time. Getting the chance to crossover from a not-for-profit organisation to charity recruitment meant the opportunity to harness my existing skills and learn new ones. Most importantly, it allowed me to continue to support the sector. What is the best and worst thing about homeworking?I was lucky to have 2 months in the office, learning the processes and meeting the team, before switching to remote working when the next lockdown came. The best part of homeworking is definitely the flexibility and work/life balance the lack of commuting affords you. Working on new roles now, I expect that a full return to offices is unlikely and I have seen a noticeable trend in candidates requesting agile working moving forward. The worst thing, apart from the cat pirouetting across your Zoom meeting, is the lack of water cooler moments! Thankfully the Charisma team works hard to stay in touch, but I know the perils of silo working can often affect organisations. I think everyone is missing human interaction, and be it team days, or hybrid working, the opportunity to debate the twists and turns of the latest BBC crime drama will return in some form soon.*5 minute conversation about Line of Duty ensued*You were a Charisma candidate before joining the team. Did that effect your decision to join the company?Absolutely! I had been through the process that all candidates go through and that experience is what confirmed I wanted to join the team. Like most job hunters I had been engaged by and discussed opportunities with other recruiters. However, Charisma’s approach was friendly, collaborative and transparent from start to finish. I always felt supported, well informed and never left in limbo without an answer. Applying for roles can be exhausting and not hearing back really discouraging. Charisma always kept me in the loop and made me feel valued. It felt aligned to my own accessible approach I effected when working with stakeholders in previous roles. I joined Charisma because I wanted to be a part of that culture and ensure clients and candidates felt as valued and well supported as I had been.Katherine, it's been an absolute pleasure to take the time to ask you a few questions! But, more importantly, it's been a pleasure to welcome you in to the team at Charisma and see you thrive in supporting so many organisations attract top talent. We're so pleased you are with us.If you are considering recruitment across your organisation then please don't hesitate to contact us here at Charisma. Or why not contact Katherine direct, who is always happy to talk all things recruitment (or the latest BBC crime drama!).
Sarah Clements tells us about her first 12 months
At the end of 2019 Winchester Cathedral asked for our support on finding a new Head of Human Resources to join the organisation, a search that Adam Stacey took the lead on at Charisma. The opportunity to partner with Winchester Cathedral was really exciting, an honour to support an organisation that has been at the heart of the city for over 900 years. With some incredibly tough competition for the role Sarah Clements was appointed and has just celebrated 12 months in the position. Adam Stacey, caught up with Sarah to see how things have been.First of all, tell us about Winchester Cathedral and your role within it?Winchester Cathedral is a unique and beautiful place to work. We live by our values of openness, excellence and kindness. Like all major heritage attractions, there is an awful lot going on behind the scenes, from arts, heritage and visitor experience, retail, hospitality and events, education, music, liturgy, grounds, estate and property management alongside business support functions. It is the most diverse organisation I have ever worked for!As well as staff and clergy, we are supported by a dedicated volunteer community, from Tower Guides to Holy Dusters. My role as the Head of Human Resources means I am responsible for people strategies, operational delivery and safeguarding for around 900 workers, employees and volunteers, so it’s fair to say I’ve been busy, starting a month before Covid and the first lockdown! The Cathedral was built in 1093, so has a substantial history and stood through many a testing time. What have been the challenges faced over the last 12 months and how have you got through them?Lockdown due to Covid and closing our doors was of course a tremendous challenge; however our staff and clergy quickly adapted; providing digital services and support to people across the world! We live stream every day and our Verger team have become absolute experts at filming, with their own unique style.You’ve been with the Cathedral now for 12 months, what has been the highlight or your proudest moment?The highlight for me over the past 12 months has been the way staff have embraced the world of digital; many working remotely for the first time and learning new skills, ways of working and communicating; our Christmas Market moved online with its own microsite and our website continues to evolve, with online retail, including click and collect! The culture shift has been huge.What are you looking forward to most in the life of the Cathedral in the coming year? What are the opportunities?On a personal level I am looking forward to going back to the office and seeing my team and colleagues face-to-face! I am also looking forward to taking the best of what we have learned during this difficult period and applying it. If you could give yourself one piece of advice on your first day at the Cathedral, knowing what you know now, what would that be?That’s such a hard question! Starting a new job, going into lockdown, managing all that has been thrown at me from furlough updates to flexible working, it has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging times of my career. I guess I would remind myself to follow my own advice on wellbeing and self-care and get better at switching off!A big thank you Sarah for sharing with us, what a year and so inspiring how the Cathedral has adapted to the challenging circumstances of the last 12-months.If you want to explore how we can support you and your organisation to find exceptional talent then please callJenny Warner or Adam Stacey 0207 998 8888or01962 813300or emailInfo@charismarecruitment.co.ukWe look forward to hearing from you.