Director of Programmes

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for an innovative, resourceful and determined individual to join our high-profile and fast-paced organisation, and deliver WellChild’s flagship charitable programmes.

Job details


Head Office, Cheltenham


Circa £46,000 per annum

Hours of work

Full time/35 hours per week



Closing date

February 7, 2022


WellChild, based in the centre of Cheltenham, is the national charity for sick children. We fund programmes and services to care for and support children and young people who are living with serious illness or have exceptional health needs, and their families.

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for an innovative, resourceful and determined individual to join our high-profile and fast-paced organisation, and deliver WellChild’s flagship charitable programmes. Experience of working at a senior strategic level within the health, social care, teaching, public health or charitable (or similar) environment combined with the knowledge and understanding of current issues, policy and priorities relating to children’s health and social care, is essential for this role.

This is a diverse and challenging role responsible for the planning, implementation, delivery, day-to-day management and ongoing development of the majority of the organisation’s direct charitable programmes, services and campaigns – putting key areas of the WellChild strategy into practice in a challenging post-pandemic environment. As an ambassador for the organisation, this role leads on strategic external relationships, staying on top of current issues which impact families, and acts as a champion for children’s voices to be heard at the highest level.

The successful candidate will be an exceptional leader with the vision and ability to inspire, manage and develop teams. You will have outstanding communication skills, be able to develop strong and positive relationships, work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, and represent and advocate at the highest levels and with key decision makers.

As a member of the Senior Management Team (comprising CEO and three other Directors), the Director of Programmes helps to set organisational strategy, define areas of growth, and evaluate impact, and contributes to cross-functional problem-solving to ensure progress towards organisational goals. The role interacts with the Board of Trustees at quarterly meetings and has regular contact with external stakeholders, so you will also be experienced in working as part of a successful and progressive leadership team and have the ability to build and maintain relationships and trust quickly and effectively.

For the full job details please see the Job description and Person specification for this post.

What we can offer

  • Competitive salary circa £46,000 per annum
  • 23 days holiday on appointment rising to 27 days plus 8 bank holidays
  • Stakeholder Pension Scheme from appointment
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • TOIL for out of hours work


This is a permanent full-time role, based in Cheltenham with some regular homeworking, fairly regularly travel working around the UK outside of normal hours, and occasional overnight stays. Equal Opportunities
WellChild actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We match charity needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We do this because we know greater diversity will lead to even greater results for the Charity and families that we work with.

Safer Recruitment

WellChild is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process. The successful candidate will be required to complete regular safeguarding training and undertake a DBS check relevant to the requirements of the role. For this role that will involve a basic disclosure.

How to Apply

Application forms can be found below.

Completed application forms should be sent to

Applications can also be posted to HR Team, WellChild, 16 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 3DA.

Use of Curriculum Vitae (CVs)

Our policy is to recruit our employees on the basis of their suitability for the work to be done. An application form allows us to compare individuals based on like for like information and as such we do not accept a CV unless accompanied by a fully completed application form.

Recruitment Timetable

Application deadline: 12 midday 7th February 2022
Proposed interview dates: TBC
Interview location: Cheltenham office


If you have a query regarding the recruitment process, require additional information, or would like to arrange an informal discussion about this role, please contact Johanna Waltho, HR Manager on or

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