Chief People Officer

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Competitive salary
Maidenhead Head Office with some hybrid working flexibility

The CWGC is a highly respected, prestigious, global organisation that honours and cares for the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Funded by six Commonwealth Member Governments, we build and maintain memorials and cemeteries at 23,000 locations, in 150 countries, including some of the world’s most iconic, landmark monuments.

The Role

For an ambitious and far-sighted director, now is a superb time to join us. After two years of review, refinement, capacity building and the development of our new and long-term strategy, we are about to embark upon a new chapter in our history as we increase our work, reach and impact across the Commonwealth and beyond, to ensure we remain just as relevant for the next hundred years, as we have been for the last. 

Of course, any organisation is only as good as its people, and right at the heart of our new strategy, are our people. We put our people first. 

We value innovation, we value evidenced based decision making and we believe everyone should feel empowered, valued, informed, and included. We will invest in the recruitment, induction, retention, and development of our people. In turn, our people will be our ambassadors and our champions – highly engaged and always striving to innovate and improve in the delivery of our Mission

There’s lots to do and whilst we work methodically, we also work at pace. We are looking for an energetic, highly skilled individual with a passion for building and supporting the development and delivery of exceptional global teams, and a track record of taking organisations from good to great. You will be an exceptional leader bringing with you a collaborative and engaging approach, innovative thinking, and a positive, can-do attitude, to join our ambitious and very enthused global leadership team. 

This is a critical role at a pivotal and transformative point in our history. As an organisation with 1,300 staff worldwide, we speak many languages, possess different talents, and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are an organisation that recognises and celebrates our diversity and our individual contributions and work always to ensure we help everyone, in every role, feels valued, appreciated and connected. But above all, we are all dedicated to one purpose – to preserving in perpetuity, the memory and telling the stories of the men and women from the two World Wars, who sacrificed their lives, so that we might live the lives we do today. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.