Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity to increase size of its fundraising division by almost a half

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity has embarked on a recruitment drive that will result in an almost 50 per cent increase in the size of its fundraising division.

Third Sector revealed earlier this year that the charity was carrying out a restructure that would put almost 30 jobs at risk to make the organisation better suited to delivering a new five-year strategy.

It has now said that it plans to advertise more than 60 positions over the next three months, about 50 of which would be in its fundraising division.

The fundraising directorate that is being established as part of the restructure is expected to have about 130 people, compared with about 90 across fundraising teams previously.

“The number of roles available is as a result of a combination of the creation of our new structure and roles being on hold during the pandemic,” a spokesperson said.

The restructure will result in the charity's total headcount being 249, an increase of 12 people.

The charity, which funds research into new treatments for children, said 18 of those whose jobs were threatened had found other roles within the charity, while 10 remained at risk.

“We are working with them to support their search for new positions either inside or outside the charity,” a spokesperson said.

Louise Parkes, chief executive of the charity, said: “Like so many charities across our sector, we had to adapt quickly and adjust how we work as a result of the significant challenges we faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our new organisational strategy is underpinned by a bold fundraising strategy, we are packed full of ambition and we’re in the fortunate position to be able to invest in fundraising and build on the charity’s impressive legacy.”

The charity said it particularly wants to encourage applications from people in communities that are underrepresented in the charity sector.

It said earlier this year that its new strategy aimed to deliver a “significant growth in income”.

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