Childhood experiences last a lifetime - so every child deserves the best possible start in life, and although parents want a happy healthy future for their children, family life isn’t always easy. HENRY’s mission is to support a healthy, happy start for children and lay the foundations for a brighter future – by making sure families get the support they need.
Founded in 2009, HENRY is the leading national provider of evidence-based services to support a healthy start. We are currently working in partnership with NHS trusts, public health teams, children’s services, and other partners in over 50 local authorities and tens of thousands of families benefited from HENRY support in 2020. Providing a wide range of support for families from pregnancy to age 12 including workshops, programmes, resources and online help, all support for families is underpinned by the HENRY approach to supporting behaviour change. This approach helps parents gain the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to help the whole family adopt a healthier, happier lifestyle and to give their children a great start in life.
Over the last five years HENRY has successfully implemented ambitious plans for growth. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we continued to expand our geographical reach, breadth of services and income and are now better placed than ever before to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and their families. We will be embarking on a new three-year strategy from April 2022 to which the new role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) role will make a major contribution.
The new COO is responsible for numerous aspects of governance, focusing on specialist HR expertise to be provided to HENRY managers and supporting best practices in the organization. As a member of HENRY’s leadership team, the COO will play a major role in collectively shaping the direction and management of the charity, while holding individual responsibility for organisational development and culture, people management and development, finance, income generation and financial sustainability and governance. Understanding the charity and commissioning landscape in terms of fundraising and income generation will be a crucial sought-after element for the post holder.
The ideal candidate will have extensive HR and organisational development experience and hold a CIPD qualification or equivalent. Given the values-driven nature of HENRY and the team, the ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual who will also ensure commitment to excellence in service design and delivery. A strategic empath, the candidate will model HENRY’s values while creating change and leading innovation throughout the organisation, working across multi-functional teams. Acting as a friend who can support as well as challenge, the candidate will focus on people’s strengths to build resilience and bring out the best in the charity’s most valuable asset, its people.
This is an exciting time to be joining HENRY as we are growing and amplifying our positive impact in young children’s and their families’ lives. A chance to make a lasting contribution to lives of both stakeholders and dedicated HENRY teams as well as promoting and supporting healthier lifestyles and environments at all levels is possible with this role.
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