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The London Community Foundation needed an inspirational, collaborative and inclusive leader with excellent interpersonal skills, able to lead through complexity and bring strategic focus.
The London Community Foundation was looking for a permanent Chief Operating Officer to join in an enhanced role as they expanded the strategic responsibilities and focus of the Finance and Resources team after a significant programme of change to grow their mission.
Leading an efficient, compliant, and impactful Finance and Resources Team, sat at the heart of the new Chief operating Officer role, alongside managing London Community Foundation’s governance operations, HR, IT, property, and small supply chain – all to be underpinned by key management information to support London Community Foundation’s performance and strategic decision making.
Given the organisation’s mission and commitment to diversity, it was key Allen Lane provided a diverse and inclusive shortlist of high calibre talent. In a new Chief Operating Officer, they needed a powerful combination of commercial skill, commitment to impact with the humility and openness of people-centred leadership. It was imperative that candidates had worked at a Director-level previously, with a track record of business transformation and were able to evidence real impact-based results.
We utilised our broad networks across the charity and commercial sectors and created and oversaw a targeted media campaign across selected diversity job sites, including DiversityMedia, EthnicJobsite, LGBTmedia, OverlookedTalent, AsianMedia, BritainInclusiveMedia, DisabilityChannel, and DisabilityNetwork. All candidates with protected characteristics who met the minimum threshold for the role were guaranteed a first stage interview with Allen Lane. This resulted in us being able to provide the client with a broad and diverse shortlist of candidates, over half of which was made up of individuals with protected characteristics and 50% of those from the BAME community.
The new Chief Operating Officer joined the London Community Foundation in September 2022 and is off to a flying start.