Our new Chief Executive will join us at a point that is propitious, but also challenging.
Chief Executive, Humanity & Inclusion UK
2019 was our fundraising high point to date, and we are highly networked and influential with UK Government, partner INGOs and leaders in our field. But the impact of the COVID emergency is still largely unknown, and recent changes to the organisation of the FCDO have created a new policy and funding landscape for all international humanitarian organisations. Our new CEO will strengthen existing relationships, consolidate our position as a high-ROI destination for funds, and develop resilient two-way conversations with key individuals and organisations within our stakeholder group.
A deep and broad understanding of fundraising and income generation, in all its forms, will be absolutely crucial. We have identified several key areas where income generation has significant potential to increase, and the broadest possible base of funders will act to mitigate risk effectively. Trusts and foundations (as well as HNW and UHNW individuals) respond very positively to our case for support, but we know that we can always make that case to more people, more frequently. Your performance in this aspect of the role will be extremely important.
The importance of the Chief Executive’s position as a pivotal interface between the UK and federated elements of HI cannot be understated. Your position in creating open, informative and generative dialogue within and between the members of the network will create real value, both for HIUK and for other national associations. You will regularly meet and liaise with your peers in the NAs, and will report to the Global Managing Director.
Leadership of our talented and dedicated team underpins everything else in the role; you will provide a clear, engaging and inspiring model of best practice, overseeing the personal and professional development of colleagues and offering advice, support and challenge as appropriate.
As the complexity and scope of our work increases, there may be a need to review and, where appropriate, renew our internal systems and processes; while we want to retain our agility and high level of innovation, there may be areas of operations (e.g. campaign management or external affairs) where we can make activity more streamlined, with clearer accountability and objectives, and thus produce better outcomes.