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Chief Executive - Cruse Bereavement Care

Bereavement Support Practitioners (North West) - Child Bereavement UK

Chief Executive - Cruse Bereavement Care

Richmond, Surrey


Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The organisation offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and strives to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

The charity provides support to people face to face, online and via the telephone and is delivered by a network of 5000 highly skilled and trained volunteers.  Cruse work with a wide range of bereaved people including those bereaved through drugs, alcohol, suicide, homicide and families within the Armed Forces.

Cruse provides much needed support to victims of major incidents, recently working with people affected by the terrorist attacks in Manchester, London and by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Due to the forthcoming retirement of their CEO Debbie Kerslake, the Charity are seeking an inspirational and innovative leader to drive a transformation programme aimed at increasing accessibility and service delivery fit for the 21st Century.

The role:

  • To provide clear, coherent and motivational leadership of the organisation reflecting the values of the charity.
  • To develop and implement strategic priorities, goals and objectives to achieve Cruse’s vision for the 21st Century, ensuring the overall financial strength of the charity.
  • To work with the Chair and board to ensure appropriate Governance and legal compliance.
  • To continue to raise the profile of Cruse and its work, establishing relationships with a wide range of national and international stakeholders including the media, public, private and voluntary partners.

The candidate:

  • A charismatic leader with a proven track record of senior management experience, preferably at Chief Executive level, gained within the Health, Social Care or voluntary sectors.
  • Demonstrable success managing change and driving transformation within a complex organisation, with strong strategic and operational planning experience.
  • Experience in developing and growing income for an organisation from a variety of sources, with well-developed financial planning and budgeting skills.
  • A strong relationship builder with the ability to work with and relate to, a wide range of stakeholders and volunteers.

For further information and details on how to apply, please visit

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with Christina Hargreaves on 0207 529 1122 or Will Pringle on 0207 518 2635 at Berwick Partners.

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st December

Bereavement Support Practitioners - Chld Bereavement UK

North West

Child Bereavement UK has 23 years’ experience of supporting families and educating professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Child Bereavement UK supports families at a variety of locations across the UK.

We are seeking to recruit to a number of posts across the north west of England:

  • A full-time (37.5 hr/week) Bereavement Support Practitioner, working with children, young people and families  to join our well-established team in Runcorn (£24,000 per annum). Job description.
  • A half-time (18.75 hr/week) Bereavement Support Practitioner, working with children, young people and families  to join our well-established team in Runcorn (£24,000 per annum (pro-rata). Job description.
  • A half-time (18.75 hr/week) Peripatetic Bereavement Support Practitioner, to join a team who are  addressing the inequalities  of child bereavement support available across the UK  by enhancing the skills, systems, care pathways and partnerships with local health, education, social care and voluntary organisations.  This post will address the needs in Manchester (£28,000 per annum (pro-rata). Fixed term contract to August 2019). Job description.

Closing Date:  Monday 4th of December 2017

Interview Date: Monday 18th of December 2017

Job descriptions are available from the links above or from Karen Smith on 01494 568925 or email

Applications should be by CV accompanied with a short covering letter, detailing which post you are interested in applying for and how your experience fits the role.  Please email to Karen Smith