As the sector goes through what some might call a talent crisis, some might call a knowledge crisis, one thing is clear, the sector is struggling with recruitment and retention. People are at the centre of your charity and its success, therefore it is essential to get this process right. This briefing will highlight the struggles of the sector and give you the tools to improve your recruitment and retention processes to ensure that you are finding the people that match your charity’s goals and values and will work to ensure its success.

Why should you attend?

    • Prepare and plan for a talent crisis by understanding the essential skills you need to be looking for
    • Get the tools to improve your recruitment process through exploring alternative methods of interviewing
    • Gain the knowledge to help you find the people that match your charity’s goals and values
    • Understand how to improve retention through training and benefits to increase the longevity of your roles
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08:30 Registration and networking

08:55 Welcome from Third Sector and chair's opening remarks

09:00 Presentation and Q&A: Value based recruitment - Drawing people in for the culture not the wages

  • Creating roles that are more than just a salary
  • Exploring the importance of a strong brand with clear values in recruiting
  • Finding talent that matches your charity’s culture

Andrew Hyland, Head of Recruitment and Resourcing HR Systems and Data, Macmillan

09:20 Panel Discussion: Charity roles from non charity backgrounds: What skills should you be looking for?

  • The value of being more open to hiring outside of the charity sector
  • Exploring the transferable skills that are most important to charity roles and how to nurture and develop these skills

Laura Sercombe, Chief Executive, Disability Challengers
Satnam Sagoo, Director of Learning, British Red Cross
Arabella Chichester,
Partner and Global Head of Non-Profit Practice, Perrett Laver

10:00 Breaking the mold: Shake up your recruitment process

  • New ways of standing out in a market oversaturated with vacancies
  • Hear from people who have mixed up their recruitment methods
  • Exploring the results of changing your interview process to improve efficiency

Arabella Chichester, Partner and Global Head of Non-Profit Practice, Perrett Laver

10:15 Value based retention: Making talent last

  • How to create more longevity in charity roles
  • Creating benefits and a culture of reward
  • Shaping your training programme to create an environment of growth

Sarah Lindsell, Chief Executive, The Brain Tumour Charity

10:35 Chair's closing remarks

10:40 Close of conference

Confirmed speakers

Arabella Chichester, Partner and global head Perrett Laver

Arabella Chichester is a Partner and Global Head of the Non-Profit Practice at Perrett Laver. Arabella has advised on a number of senior appointments across the sector. These include the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, Secretary General of Amnesty International, Chief Executive of Crown Agents, Chief Executive of The Elders, Chief Executive of Liberty, Chief Executive of Christian Aid, Chief Executive of ActionAid UK, Director of The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Chief Executive of VSO International, Chief Executive of Shelter and Chief Executive of WWF-UK. In terms of Senior Leadership appointments, she has worked globally with Care International, Unicef, World Vision International, Education Development Trust, Overseas Development Institute, British Heart Foundation, ONE, The British Council, HelpAge International and Save the Children. Arabella has also advised on a number of Board appointments including the Chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee, Chair of Breast Cancer Now, Chair of The Brain Tumour Charity, Chair of Oxfam GB and Trustees for WaterAid, WWF-UK, Christian Aid, WorldFish and Malaria No More. Arabella joined Perrett Laver in 2011. She holds an MA (Hons) in Ancient History from the University of Edinburgh and a PG (Dip) is Psychology from the Institute of Education.

Laura Sercombe, Chief executive Challengers

I have spent over 25 years working at the Executive Team level in the Third Sector and feel privileged to have worked with many dedicated individuals and for 3 different and extraordinary charities. I am now lucky to be working in an environment I really enjoy; for a children’s charity with a mission to break down barriers so that all of the 1,400 disabled children and young people we meet can access essential respite and achieve their potential through play. Challengers offer a 7-day service and prides itself on always finding a way to face the most difficult challenges.

Sarah Lindsell, Chief executive, The Brain Tumour Charity

Sarah Lindsell, CEO of The Brain Tumour Charity is a passionate ambassador for the brain tumour community with a cast-iron commitment to defeating brain tumours and improving quality of life. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 and survival rates have improved little in over 40 years. With 25 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, including 17 years as CEO, Sarah has a proven track record of leading organizational change, building strategic teams and achieving success. Under Sarah’s leadership, turnover at The Charity has increased from £1.4m to more than £10m this year. She has navigated the charity through a successful merger, led an investment of over £26m over the last five years in medical research, challenged thought-leaders, increased awareness and developed award-winning resources. After studying for a degree in Social Policy, Sarah was awarded a Master's in voluntary sector management from the London School of Economics and went on to take senior roles at organisations at a local level in homelessness and family support, Caritas and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award before joining The Brain Tumour Charity in 2011. The Brain Tumour Charity is now the largest global charity dedicated to defeating brain tumours and Third Sector’s Charity of the Year for 2018

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 Date: Wednesday 27th March 2019
 Time:   08:30 – 10:45am

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