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Director of People and Organisational Development


We are Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. Our vision is for equality, fair treatment and maximum quality of life for everyone affected by mental illness. Every year, we support thousands of people through our network of groups, services and helplines. We provide expert advice, information and training. And we campaign for change on a local and national level to transform the world for people with severe mental illness.

Rethink Mental Illness is a growing organisation with an ambitious strategy. We draw on the expertise, unique perspectives and lived experience of our people – regardless of who they are or their background – to help us become an inclusive and anti-racist employer, campaigning organisation and service provider that reflects the diverse communities we support as a mental health charity. We are at pivotal stage in our charity’s journey which is why we are now seeking an inspirational Director of People and Organisational Development to join us.

As our new Director of People and Organisational Development you will lead a transforming People and OD team to deliver a first-class and value-added service to the organisation across all areas of the People and OD agenda. We are seeking an experienced People and OD leader who is versed in the full range of people functions including resourcing, learning and OD, employee relations, reward and building and measuring employee engagement, and who is able to drive change in a complex environment. We are also seeking an authentic, collaborative and confident leader with the ability to influence across the organisation as it continues to evolve and who can foster a One Culture organisation to help deliver on our vision and strategy.

You do not need to have worked in mental health services to join us, but you will ideally have previous experience in the not-for-profit sector and bring a desire to help transform the world for people affected by severe mental illness. Importantly you will share our strong commitment to be an anti-racist organisation and align to our values and our principles around Equity Diversity and Inclusion.

If you believe you have what we need to be our new Director of People and Organisational Development and are interested in joining us on our journey, we would love to hear from you.

Rethink Mental Illness is proud to have been awarded Disability Confident Employer status and is a signatory to the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter.

We actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or questioning), Intersex and (asexual) (LGBTQIA+), people with a disability, and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

If you have any queries or need any assistance in applying for the post, please email Adrian Lewis or telephone 07973 314423

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