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Selecting inspired professionals
For 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.