Director of People and Culture

Up to £120,000 per annum

For over 150 years Barnardo’s has had at its core the belief that every child and young person should be afforded the best possible start in life and the support they need to thrive. Since its inception in 1867, Barnardo’s has continued to innovate to address the changing needs of the vulnerable children and young people it seeks to support. This core belief continues to drive the charity today and functions as a ‘green thread’ that runs through our strategy, plans and day to day work in our children’s services, in our retail shops and across all our support teams.

The Role

Barnardo’s strives to be a great place to work, and we must continue to be a sector-leader in terms of people management, leadership and development. As our new Director of People and Culture you will play a key role on our executive team that is critical in delivering the vision and ambition of Barnardo’s. You will lead on the new people and culture strategy to create a positive and inclusive environment where everyone can thrive at a time when the work we do couldn’t be needed more. 

It is vital that we nurture and invest in our people, providing new opportunities to strengthen and deepen the skills and experience they need, and to shape a workforce which is equipped to deal with the challenges ahead. As our new Director of People and Culture you will lead the way in providing opportunities for continuous learning, development and progression, supported by managers and Barnardo’s learning platform. You will also help develop and enrich our volunteer experience enabling us to attract and retain a diverse group of volunteers who reflect the communities we serve. 

Aligned to one of the priorities identified in our strategy, you will help us to invest in our people to become an ‘employer of choice’ in the sector and will have a key role to play in continuing to develop Barnardo’s as an inclusive and positive organisation. We’re looking for an inclusive leader whose open, approachable style will help lead others to facilitate change. 

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI ) is reflected in our values and our practice, and we have invested in this area of our work to ensure that we can deliver on our commitments to be an inclusive employer. EDI is key enabler of our ambitions as a charity and we want to ensure that the diversity of our teams is reflective of the communities we serve and that we continue to learn and develop our work with a focus on inclusion. We particularly encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities, candidates who are LGBT+ and Disabled candidates. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.