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For nearly 20 years Charisma has been recruiting dedicated individuals in to the charity, education, care and not-for-profit sector. We find it a privilege to work alongside such inspiring organisations, pleased to play a part in connecting talented candidates with brilliant organisations.
We are a values driven business motivated and our passion to support the sector motivates our every decision.
Like you, we understand that at the heart of high-performing organisations are your people. We partner with organisations for the long-term, getting to understand the culture, values, mission and ethos so that we can place individuals that thrive.
We work across all functions including:
Board and trustees
Marketing and Communications
Operations, Admin and Support
Projects and Programme
Care and Wellbeing
We do work much wider than these areas and are quite often instructed on those "tricky to fill roles". We've recently placed a Lawyer, a Head of Procurement and a Warden amongst many more, so please don't hesitate to get in touch and discuss your requirements.
As a values led business every 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
Head of Operations, PROPS
Director of Philanthropy, Community Foundation for Surrey
Head of HR, Winchester Cathedral
Head of Quality and Compliance, Aspens
Head of Trusts, World Child Cancer
Warden, Trinity Homes Almshouse
HR Manager, YMCA Dulverton
Charity Manager, Maritime Charities Group
Force Partnerships Manager, Police Now
Trusts and Major Donor Manager, Mission Without Borders
Area Manager, Victim Support
Head of Finance, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
Lawyer, Child Poverty Action Group
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
St Paul’s Cathedral was pleased to work with Charisma in its search to find a new Head of HR. Charisma gave the Cathedral confidence by showing a good understanding of the Cathedral’s purpose and needs, and by undertaking the conduct of a professional and wide ranging recruitment search and selection process. St Paul’s will use Charisma again when the opportunity arises.
The Merchant Taylors’ Company was glad to have selected Charisma to assist in its search for a new Charities Manager for the Company. The brief was to identify a hoice of high calibre, professionally qualified and suitably experienced individuals of whom one would be best suited to take the management of Merchant Taylors’ charities forward, especially to attract new charities to fall beneath the existing management umbrella. Charisma filled the brief well, understood the intentional flexibility of the role quickly, and was pragmatic and broad-minded in the search which resulted in the timely and unfussy presentation of excellent choices.
We were delighted with the support Charisma gave us in finding our new Finance Director. This was a critical recruitment for our organisation and we aimed for a strong pool of candidates to test the interview panel and to ensure we found the right individual. Jenny and the team didn’t disappoint and, in the end, we had a tough choice to make from the candidates' Charisma had attracted. Since then our new Finance Director has slotted into the role brilliantly, highly competent but also a great cultural fit. Working with Charisma was a great experience and I would highly recommend their services.”
Charisma were strongly recommended to us for their specialist insight in support of our recruitment of a new General Manager for our almshouses, and we were certainly not disappointed: they served us extremely well at every stage of the process. Adam Stacey took time to learn about our organisation, listening carefully to our very specific requirements and tailoring the search accordingly. The result of our collaboration was a strong pool of candidates that led to an exceptional appointment for us. I was impressed with Adam’s professional guidance throughout, from our first meeting, to the interviews and their conclusion, and then on to some excellent after-care. I would recommend Charisma in their field without hesitation, particularly over others whose approach is more generalised.
I am very happy indeed to endorse the work of Charisma for once again supporting me as CEO of a charity to recruit an exceptional candidate. Having worked with Charisma over many years I knew that you had a great understanding of this sector and of the organisational requirement which we were seeking to address. Aspens decided to work with you due to your sector experience but also for the way in which you supported our organisation every step of the way to ensure that we found the perfect candidate for us. I was aware of your extensive networks of contacts and high-quality candidates and had confidence that you would be able to deliver a shortlist of strong contenders for this role. I understand that Charisma also prides itself on its support for candidates in the process also and have had very positive feedback from all of the candidates who you put forward to us. I believe that it is this holistic support of both candidate and client that differentiates Charisma from other recruiters and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any not for profit organisation seeking to make a senior appointment. I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Connecting inspiring individuals with brilliant organisations
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Our team of consultants are specialists within the sector. As a consultancy (we're not an agency) we're always happy to talk, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Trustees' Week 2021
As Trustees' Week 2021 draws to a close I wanted to share some of my reflections and experiences of working with multiple organisations seeking suitable trustees. It's been a fantastic week with so much engaging content made available that has really shone the spotlight on how rewarding a trustee role can be.Why is it that people think they can make a difference to a charity by joining the Board as a Trustee? Whether or not they have a demanding life, perhaps with a busy job, multiple commitments to family or caring responsibilities, there will always be these very special individuals who will find the time in their lives to volunteer for a charity in this way. Being a Trustee can be such a rewarding experience where you really can feel that you are influencing the way that services are delivered and decisions are made to benefit others in need. During many of our recruitment assignments over the years, our team at Charisma have always focused not only on the skills that individuals can bring to the Board, but also take extra special care to understand their motivations to do this. One of our recent assignments has been to partner with a social care charity where they specifically were looking for greater diversity on age, gender and ethnicity, on their board, with defined skills sets, as well as lived-experience of mental health and poverty. The requirement also was for selected candidates to have had experience of acting at Board level which could have excluded younger potential candidates who would not yet have had the opportunities in their career to have built up their exposure of Board level activity. After careful discussion with the Chair this point was acknowledged and an exception was made for younger trustees to allow them to bring their skills to the table and for trustee training to be offered.Understanding what questions to ask through exploratory discussions with a candidate are key to trying to bring out the real reasons for their wish to apply. Identifying and exploring lived-experience is not an easy subject, unless individuals are in agreement to share this experience, safely, with our consultants. To be honest, being able to share their ‘journey’ during a confidential interview with the consultant, to explain their motivation for applying, is important to them, to set out what fundamentally matters to them and what value they could bring. We find that people are extraordinarily forthcoming and open in sharing their experiences and there is no doubt that articulating their empathy for the charity comes naturally, especially when it is genuine. Finding these unique individuals and then valuing and nurturing them during their trustee journey is a skill in itself! Charisma consultants take their role very seriously in identifying people with the required skills, background, subject knowledge and passion/empathy for the cause in order to put a high quality short list of candidates forward to the Chair and panel. Once appointed, it becomes the responsibility of the Chair, existing Trustees, CEO and management team, to induct and support the new Trustees successfully in order that everyone benefits from their involvement and commitment to the charity. A buddy-scheme is often set up so that new Trustees are supported throughout their first term and everyone needs to play their part in the vision and mission of the organisation. The team at Charisma are always happy to have a no obligation and confidential chat with both Chairs or CEOs seeking to recruit new Board members, as well as people wishing to explore the opportunity of becoming Trustees, so please don't hesitate to get in touch. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, then you can some of the roles we are currently working on by visiting here.Finally, it feels right at the end of Trustees' Week 2021 to thank all of you who serve in this way across such a wonderful sector, making a difference and impact in every single corner of our society.
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!).