Executive Opportunities

Director, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man


Northern Ireland

CLOSING DATE: 12-07-2018

Applications are now invited for a new Director of Operations for Leonard Cheshire Disability, covering Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man

Director – Northern Ireland and IOM 



“[We] need to set our sights high, to be satisfied with nothing less than the best, and to commit ourselves totally and unreservedly to participate in the struggle to build a more liveable world.”

— Leonard Cheshire


At Leonard Cheshire we do everything humanly possible to support individuals to live, learn and work independently, whatever their ability. We are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for people with disabilities.

Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment and works in more than 50 countries. In the UK, we are in the process of rolling-out a new strategy which will deliver a seismic change to our work, helping us to build on our heritage of social care services and expanding our activities to become more community-centric, sustained by our core principle of supporting the integration of people in communities, whether disabled or not. This is an exciting time to join us as we launch our new brand and grow our reach across communities.

In Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, our ambitious growth agenda includes opening new services, including Specialist rehabilitation services for people with an Alcohol-Related Brain Injury and expanding activity across all our community services programmes and exploring opportunities for partnership working. We also plan to develop and grow new services in the Republic of Ireland; key to this will be an understanding of policy, strategy, regulation and commissioning in the Republic of Ireland

At this pivotal stage in our development, we are now seeking a talented Director of Northern Ireland & Isle of Man to spearhead our important work in the region. You will be diligent in maintaining our sector leading levels of quality, and will develop and lead our strategic activities, orienting, directing and monitoring the performance of the full range of Leonard Cheshire services and offers. This critical role will see you strive to increase charitable funds, drive commercial income, grow and diversify our activities, and raise the profile of our brand. Supported in your endeavours by high-performing, dedicated operational and support managers, your finely-honed interpersonal and communication skills will enable you to smoothly lead a cross-functional team of internal stakeholders whilst establishing and nurturing strong relationships with external commissioners, partners and key sector influencers.

Educated to degree-level, or with relevant professional experience, you will have an impressive track record of success in driving multi-site business, whilst influencing at senior level. Your extensive knowledge of regulation relating to social care and National Minimum Standards will be backed by a thorough understanding of the policy issues facing the sector, plus a commitment to driving up quality standards and championing best practice. You will have extensive knowledge of housing commissioning and funding streams and It goes without saying that you will be wholeheartedly committed to the values of Leonard Cheshire; we also expect you to be skilled at using benchmarking service delivery performance targets to manage organisational change. Professional/managerial or social care management qualifications would be advantageous, as would a strong network of contacts within national or local government. Due to the geographic nature of our organisation, you must have the flexibility to be able to travel across the UK with regular overnight stays.

In return we can offer:

  • Fair and competitive pay rates
  • A generous employer contribution to a company pension scheme with additional life cover
  • Substantial annual leave, with the option to buy or sell leave
  • Access to a cash health plan at favourable rates
  • A Comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme

If you are inspired by Leonard Cheshire’s legacy, and excited by our new strategy, we look forward to receiving your application.


For a confidential, informal conversation, or to request a Candidate Brief, please contact our advisers at Cadence Partners on +44 207 947 4960 or LCDirectorNIandIOM@cadencepartners.co.uk

Closing date: 12th July 2018


Leonard Cheshire welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Contact Details

Shani Newbold
Tel: 0207 947 4960

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