Dear Applicant,

Welcome from Jonathan Senker, Chief Executive at VoiceAbility

Thank you for your interest in the position of Director of Human Resources at VoiceAbility.  This is an exciting time for the successful applicant to join us, as we strengthen the organisation to continue to respond to the requirements of people with whom we work alongside. The post-holder will be an integral member of the executive management team and play a key role in shaping the future of the charity and the positive impact we have on people’s lives.

VoiceAbility supports disabled people and people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts. We lead work to ensure that people are supported to have control over their lives and we have pioneered ways of enabling people to be heard and have their rights respected. We put the people we work with at the heart of our organisation and have developed excellent services. As a result, we have become one of the largest providers of advocacy and user participation services in the UK.

Our strategy is aimed at ensuring we continue to improve what we do, achieve greater social impact, and operate more effectively and efficiently. As we continue to operate in a challenging and competitive environment our focus is on driving sustainability, together with diversifying our services in order to meet our social mission more fully.

To meet some of these challenges we’re now looking for a progressive, customer-focused and commercially orientated HR professional and leader. You will champion the design and delivery of best practice HR and L&D interventions and continue to shape our HR function, so it is fully aligned to delivering on our organisational needs, and those of the people who use and work in our services.  

This is an important role and one that will contribute to ongoing organisational development and both engage and enable our people, drive high performance and our focus on service excellence.

I’m personally looking for someone who will bring a deep understanding of how our ability to deliver on our social mission can be driven by our people strategies. I want to find a leader who has absolute empathy with what we do and why and who has a leadership and management style which inspires and enables people to be their best. We’re an ambitious organisation, so this post needs to be filled by someone who isn’t fazed by multiple demands, but instead see these as an opportunity to identify where the greatest difference can be made and then to lead that change.

If you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to play a major role in shaping our future and increasing our ability to support many more people have a strong voice and real rights, then we would really like to hear from you.


With very best wishes,

Jonathan Senker

Chief Executive

ABOUT VoiceAbility

We are driven by a desire to ensure that everyone enjoys the same fundamental rights. However rights have no value without the means to implement them. VoiceAbility is that means.

Our aims are to enable disabled people and people who are disadvantaged or socially excluded to have:

  • The right to be heard and respected
  • The right to have the same choice, control, and freedom as any other person
  • The right to be safe from violence or abuse.

Over the past 35 years we have developed leading expertise to deliver these aims. We have used this understanding to deliver advocacy services, to enable people to be involved and contribute, and to free themselves and one another from limiting assumptions and circumstances. Over the lifetime of our next strategy we will further diversify the services that we offer, whilst maintaining people’s voices, rights, and control as the hallmarks of all that we do. We will increase further the positive social impact that VoiceAbility has and the outcomes it supports people to achieve. We will evidence these ever more clearly.

We know that achieving these things will depend on the people who work within and in partnership with VoiceAbility. In return we want VoiceAbility to be an exceptional place to work for people who share our passion and an inspiring organisation to work in partnership with people who believe in our aims.


Our Mission

Strengthening voice, supporting rights, changing lives

Our Vision

A society in which everyone's voice, rights and choices are heard, understood and respected.

How we work

VoiceAbility has drawn together a leading team of experts, including people who have expertise from using services, and professionals to run, manage and deliver our services.

Who we work with

VoiceAbility is recognised for its outstanding advocacy and user involvement involvement support, which is offered in many local authorities across England. 


For more information please view the following links:   

 VoiceAbility Website
 Our Values
 Our Principles
 Management Structure
 Summary of Strategic Plan
 Our Finances
 Impact Reports
Accounts & Report 2015/16

about the role


Director of Human Resources


Cambridgeshire. Other locations may be considered.

4 days per week

£56,500 - £66,000 pro rata

VoiceAbility’s mission is to strengthen voices, support rights and change lives. We enable people who face the greatest disadvantage and discrimination to have a real say in, and genuine control over, their lives. We provide independent support to people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, physical and sensory impairments or autism and to children, young people and people with dementia.

We have a turnover of c£8.5m, employing 320 staff across the UK and put the people we work with at the heart of our organisation. Last year we supported over 30,000 people, which makes us one of the largest providers of advocacy and user participation services in the UK.

In view of the increasingly challenging environment for people who use social care and long-term health services, we want to achieve more. To achieve this our strategy sets our direction to improve what we do, achieve greater social impact and operate more productively and effectively. Our focus is on driving sustainability and on developing new service directions. 

We now need a progressive and customer focused Director of HR to help us to deliver our growth plans and continue to develop our strategic HR function to meet the needs of an evolving organisation. Providing leadership to our people management practices, and aligning these to our ethos, culture and strategy, you will work in partnership with the Chief Executive, Executive Management Team and Board, and our committed staff teams to ensure we maintain focus and energy on delivering our strategic objectives.

Our successful candidate will be CIPD qualified and bring considerable HR leadership experience gained in the public, private or not for profit sectors. Commercially minded with a broad generalist background, you are also likely to have comprehensive knowledge and experience of TUPE, and experience in learning & development, employee engagement and pay & reward. Flexible and solution-oriented you will be comfortable working at all levels. With strong interpersonal skills and an ability to manage and prioritise multiple objectives, you will also be able to lead a highly committed team, challenge existing approaches in a constructive way, and develop new ideas to help improve performance and continue to engage our people.

If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners, Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or Grant Taylor on 07958 690184.

Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 11th April 2017





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