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We are one of the UK’s most trusted charity recruitment specialists working in partnership with the charity, education and not-for-profit sectors Now more than ever, inspirational leaders and dedicated charity managers are key to delivering your vision and mission and to fulfilling the delivery of services for your beneficiaries

Our Consultants have a deep understanding of the unique needs of the sector, through first-hand experience which is why we have an outstanding record of success and are highly recommended by those who have benefitted from the Charisma experience. We are one of the UK’s most trusted charity recruitment specialists working in partnership with the charity.

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What people say about Charisma

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​SCiA, when looking for a new Treasurer, asked Charisma to help us find the right person who would be able to help us through our next stage of development. Charisma were helpful and professional, enabling us to appoint a very competent and knowledgeable accountant with previous experience of acting in a position of Treasurer on other charity Boards, and who had the same values as our organisation. The process was quick and easy and we have found a great Treasurer to help us on to the next exciting stage of our development.

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​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.

St Paul's Cathedral

​We are very grateful to Jenny and her team at Charisma.We invited them to help us find a key member of staff and they were incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the whole process of recruitment and we found them very professional and a pleasure to work with. We had a good range of candidates to choose from and we were well briefed on each of them. Jenny did a good job screening the candidates in advance and proposing a shortlist that met our requirements.We were able to appoint successfully.

Portsmouth Catholic Diocese

​We have employed the services of Charisma Recruitment over the last year to recruit four key members of the fundraising department. Jenny and her team bring an energy and professionalism to the recruitment process which is very welcome. They place great importance on listening to the specific requirements for each post and they care about finding the very strongest candidates for you.  They have significant experience of the charity sector and I have found their oversight and advice extremely valuable.  The information they provide is thorough so you get a strong feel for each candidate before interview stage.  All in all, I am extremely pleased with the service we have received from Charisma Recruitment and would certainly use their services in the future.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust

​The new chief executive has now been in post for 6 months and is making a huge difference to the charity.I am writing to thank you personally for your part in recruiting her.The charity had reached a pivotal stage in its development and your help and advice made a huge difference not only in reassuring the board that we have recruited the best possible person for the role but in ensuring that the board went through a thorough, robust and transparent process in doing so.I would not hesitate to recommend Charisma to any charity recruiting senior personnel.

Clock Tower Sanctuary

​We asked Jenny and her team to help us to organise and recruit a new CEO for our Hospice Charity.  At our first meeting Jenny had a clear understanding of our organisation and the sector, was able to provide a clear framework for us to work around. We had a tight deadline to meet and this was achieved for the whole process. Jenny kept in regular contact with pre agreed telephone appointments, which were always kept to. All in all Charisma ensured the process of candidate selection to appointment of our new CEO went smoothly and efficiently. We would highly recommend them.

Florence Nightingale Hospice

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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!).

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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.

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Happy New Year from Charisma

​Last year tested people like no other, but what great ingenuity and resilience has shone through from so many inspirational individuals to weather the storm.Adversity is a state with which those involved in charities are used to managing, as none of us can know what could change our lives in a split second. What incredible stories of courage, fortitude and hope we witnessed this past year, like Captain Sir Tom Moore, Tobias Weller and the thousands of front-line workers across so many areas of society. Unsung heroes are everywhere, spreading their love, support and hope in everything they do.Like many businesses, at Charisma we had to dig deep to find ways to help our clients not only with their need to recruit new charity leaders, managers and trustees, but also to learn how others are overcoming obstacles in their day-to-day operation, to best serve their beneficiaries. With our strict policy on ethical recruitment with equality, diversity and inclusion at the forefront of all our operations, our team has worked with many national, regional and local charities including hospices, art & culture, international relief, health & well-being, mental health, youth and disability charities throughout the last 12 months. We have supported organisations through each ‘virtual’ recruitment process, which has been a challenge for some, to ensure that successful appointments are made despite restrictions imposed. Whilst charities which largely relied on their ongoing income from corporates, events and retail sources have struggled during the year, many have found new and innovative ways to engage with their donors and beneficiaries through their on-line activities.    Through setting up and hosting ’Charisma Conversations’ webinars during 2020, delegates have enjoyed presentations from well-known charity professionals on fundraising, governance, investments & risk, as well as human resource management. More inspirational webinars are planned for the next few months until we can meet face-to-face again, commencing with a much-needed January topic to boost your mood! ‘Lead & Inspire in 2021’ will be presented on 14 January by award-winning motivational speaker, former RAF fast jet pilot, Mandy Hickson, so register as soon as you can – https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pzljE6HxQ6WvmTHdjjHPVQWe are delighted to announce that Adam Stacey will become a Director of Charisma from January 2021 to work alongside me in the strategic development of our work. In addition, in September 2020, we welcomed Katherine Anderson-Scott to our team of Consultants, who brings a background in arts, culture, heritage, and museums sectors. We have also been forging valuable partnerships through the last 12 months with other charity sector leaders and we look forward to formalising a number of these this year, so that together we can offer further insight and expertise to the sector.The year 2020 has shown, more than ever, how individuals wishing to consider a career change have benefitted from Charisma’s informal, confidential chats during our on-line Career Clinics. These sessions are free and can be arranged at short notice, as required.So, despite continuing uncertainty in the early part of 2021, and unknown challenges ahead, our team at Charisma is ready to support individuals working in, or representing, the sector in any way that they can. Contact us via info@charismarecruitment.co.uk or call us on 01962 813300 or 0207 998 8888 and look at our website www.charismarecruitment.co.uk to find out more.Happy New Year!    Jenny

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