SOS Children’s Villages UK, based in Cambridge, is part of a global charity supporting children without parental care and families at risk of breakdown or separation. The charity works in 136 countries and territories worldwide with local staff to provide long-term family-like care, education and healthcare. Through its work in SOS village communities, schools, technology programmes, vocational training centres, family strengthening programmes and emergency relief, it improves the lives of children and families across five continents.
Alison Wallace, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages UK, was looking to recruit a new Director of Communications and Brand. As an integral part of the senior leadership team, the role required an experienced professional with relevant charity experience, knowledge of international development and a genuine interest in the work of SOS Children’s Villages UK.
While it was not a new position, the charity had evolved the role from Director of Marketing and Brand to Director of Communications and Brand. This meant it was looking for a candidate with a wider level of experience while still faced with the challenge of competing against salaries offered for similar roles within commercial organisations and larger charities.
Having previously worked with Pure to recruit a Finance Director for the charity, and been impressed with their wide network, reach and expertise, Alison approached them again for the support.