The Ripple Pond – Director


P/T Director (3 days) £40,000 pro rata

Created in 2011 by two mothers of injured Servicemen, the Ripple Pond is a registered UK charity providing a peer support network across the UK for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service personnel and veterans. We currently enable support for over 650 beneficiaries through a small and dedicated team of five staff based in Aldershot.

We have ambitious plans to develop our charity, to create a greater impact on the lives of our beneficiaries. We aim to be the go-to charity that enables the loved ones of the Armed Forces community to access the help they deserve.

This is an opportunity to become involved with the charity at an exciting stage in its development. The Board are seeking a new Director to manage and develop The Ripple Pond, in partnership with the Board and take the charity to the next level. This is a hands-on role, 3 days per week, with flexible working opportunities but ideally with at least 2 days in our office in Aldershot.

Key Objectives

· Development & implementation of a 3-year strategic plan including; strategic vision, mission and values, robust financial & fundraising frameworks, structure & systems, sound resourcing & fundraising plans, governance principles and a clear implementation plan including stakeholder management and communication plans, in conjunction with the team.

· Robust governance; ensuring that the Charity has an appropriate management & financial structure, processes and systems to fulfil legal & statutory obligations and strategic objectives to carry out its work.

· Support Board meetings & Board reporting on operational performance, progress on strategic plans and projects and against annual budget and highlighting external changes that may impact on the Charity.

· Leadership of the Operational Team; management & development of the operational team in line with Ripple Pond’s values to ensure a motivated team of employed & voluntary colleagues, with direct line management of the Office Manager.

· Proactively championing continuous development & improvement; continually seeking opportunities for improvement and encouraging colleagues to identify improved ways of working including reviewing KPIs, performance and existing systems, policies and processes.

· Developing & maintaining an environment that attracts and retains the best staff and volunteers; induction, appraisals, training & development, benefits.

· Risk Management; ensure that the major risks to which the Charity is exposed are reviewed regularly, that systems have been established to mitigate these risks; and to ensure that a risk analysis is automatically carried out when taking on new work.

· PR & Marketing; To foster good communications and public profile and foster good relations with the Government, Ministry of Defence, Veterans Agency, Department of Health, COBSEO, Service charities and other external stakeholders. Attend public functions, speak at public meetings and acting as a media spokesperson.

· Any other ad hoc duties as required by the Board.

About You

A dynamic leader with previous not for profit sector experience at a senior operational level:

– Ability to share your strategic and operational expertise to work with our Board and operational support team to develop and implement a longer term strategic plan.

– Passionate about the organisation and supporting the Armed Forces community. A connection to, and experience of the Armed Forces is desirable but not essential.

– Strong business and financial skills together with the ability to raise funds and strengthen our fundraising capability.

– Experience in managing risk, developing and writing policy, creating and monitoring an effective programme of income generation and governance.

– Proven track record in developing strong relationships with key stakeholders including other charities providing complementary services.

– In such a small organisation you must enjoy working at a number of different levels, be able to self-service and be responsible for HR.

The Ripple Pond is an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

How to Apply

Closing date: Friday 10 April 2020 at midnight.

Interviews: Will be arranged as suitable applicants apply. The last interviews for this role will be Wednesday 15 April 2020. These are likely to be all via Skype due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than one side of A4, detailing how your skills and experience are suitable for this role, as stated in the Role Description, to:

If you would like to discuss the job in more detail, please contact the office on 0333 900 1028 to arrange a call with our Chairperson.


Personal data and accompanying documentation provided by unsuccessful candidates will be retained for one year from the vacancy being filled. If you take up employment with us, your information will be held for the duration of your employment and thereafter in accordance with statutory requirements.

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