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Person Specification


The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an experienced senior leader, with a proven track record of leading an organisation and experience of managing organisational change
  • Have experience of building and managing effective partnerships
  • Have strong financial skills and the ability to understand complex budgetary and financial information
  • Ideally have demonstrable success in fundraising or diversifying income, where relevant to their previous career
  • Have strong strategic and commercial acumen with a successful track record
  • Have demonstrable experience of developing and establishing a strategic plan
  • Have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, allowing them to understand and engage confidently with markedly different and diverse audiences
  • Be a natural ambassador, advocate and networker with a track record of building effective relationships that have benefited their organisation
  • Have proven experience of public speaking and delivering presentations
  • Have a good understanding of how to best utilise all communication channels, including digital and the opportunities it offers, to expand reach and awareness
  • Have an understanding of working with voluntary campaigning, lobbying and policy making organisations
  • Have an understanding of working in the charitable sector and a demonstrable understanding of the issues facing third sector
  • Demonstrate experience of working closely with a Board and a sound knowledge of charity governance
  • Have experience of building relationships with external organisations and developing and managing partnerships /memberships
  • Have experience of successful performance management and appraisal of staff at all levels
  • Have the capacity to understand complex issues and to produce concise reports to a range of audiences


The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a credible and inspirational leader with experience of leading effective teams
  • Have proven outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Be a confident and engaging public speaker
  • Have an ability to demonstrate success in shaping, developing, and motivating a staff team
  • Have proven ability to positively engage with a wide variety of individuals including external stakeholders such as Members, donors, and funders
  • Have a flexible and inclusive style and able to be part of a team as well as a leader
  • Have a strategic and commercial mind-set, an open and creative outlook, and a stimulating and analytical approach
  • Be a robust and credible campaigner for the MMHA, with a genuine passion for the charity’s work and an interest in the entirety of the charity’s operations
  • Have a natural enjoyment of leading teams, building relationships and working in an ambassadorial role
  • Have a collegiate and consultative approach, whilst having confidence in their own judgement and being suitably decisive
  • Have a high level of emotional intelligence and the ability to inspire and persuade
  • Be capable of listening to views and communicating a clear vision and strategy both to the Board and the staff team
  • Be an advocate for the staff team and a good conduit between the Board and staff
  • Have a high level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and improvement, and flexibility in approach and attitude
  • Recognise the need to work flexibly including evening and weekends


You will be:

  • Committed to innovative thinking and making long-term impact at national scale
  • Forward-thinking, inclusive and creative
  • Committed to driving equity and inclusion internally and in everything that we do
  • Ambitious, collaborative and transparent
  • Highly organised and personally effective
  • Proactive, positive, and dynamic
  • Lead by example, demonstrate humility and a deep commitment to the MMHA


Successful candidates will need to pass an enhanced DBS check.  If candidates have any doubts as to whether they may not pass an enhanced DBS check please disclose this in the application.

This job description is intended to provide a broad outline of the main duties and responsibilities only. The post holder will need to be flexible in developing the role in conjunction with the Board of Trustees. The post holder may be asked to carry out any other delegated duty or task that is in line with their post, seniority, or the need of the organisation.