Not for Profit

Our substantial not for profit practice has grown rapidly in recent years, as the sector has experienced dramatic change. Our passion is finding great leaders who can unlock the potential of charities today. 

Our team is exceptionally experienced in the field and specialises in appointing Chairs, Trustees and Chief Executives; we also support clients on Director-level recruitment where our focus on original and fresh executive search will add value. We recruit right across the sector, for service delivery and campaigning charities, grant-giving trusts and foundations, membership bodies and think tanks, and in most areas of interest. 

Recruiting at the highest levels of a large, diverse and constantly changing sector means our assignments are often complex. We work in strong partnership with our clients throughout every recruitment process and guarantee a responsive, personalised service focused on finding outstanding people who bring the passion and commitment you need, with the right values, skills and experience. We put people first: to support our approach, alongside executive search we offer in-house psychometric assessment and leadership development services, board facilitation and evaluation, and provide career advice and coaching to aspiring and developing leaders. We have strong partnerships in place with Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Women on Boards and NCVO.  

Our recent clients include Wellcome Trust, Big Lottery Fund, Big Society Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Historic Royal Palaces, English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, Scope, Ambitious about Autism, BeyondAutism, Dyslexia Action, Young Epilepsy, Contact a Family, WWF UK, Environmental Defense Fund, Aegis Trust, NCT, 4Children, Toynbee Hall, Academy of Social Sciences, NatCen, CILIP, WRAP, Keep Britain Tidy, Nominet, Nominet Trust, Centre for Ageing Better, Power to Change Trust, Changing Minds Group, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Church of England, Beanstalk, Blue Sky and Brain Research Trust. 

Our Not for Profit Team

Juliet Taylor, Head of Not for Profit Practice

Juliet specialises in leadership appointments at Board and senior executive levels. With 13 years' experience of placing Chairs, Trustees and Non-executive Directors, Chief Executives and Directors to a wide range of organisations in the voluntary sector and Whitehall, she now leads our growing specialist Not for Profit Practice. Juliet started her own career in the Media and PR team at a major national charity, but also worked in Government as a private secretary before joining the recruitment industry. Her clients include Historic Royal Palaces, English Heritage, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Wellcome Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Big Society Capital, Big Lottery Fund, Power to Change Trust, Nominet and Nominet Trust, Scope, Macmillan, Power to Change Trust and the House of Commons. She has also worked with a range of international voluntary organisations, including Aegis Trust and Environmental Defense Fund.

Juliet has a particular interest in developing and promoting women for the boardroom and has spoken at a number of events on the issue.

She holds a degree in English and Politics from the Queen's University Belfast and is a Master's graduate and former postgraduate research scholar.

Katy Giddens, Partner, Not for Profit Practice

Katy has specialised in Board and senior executive level appointments across the Not-for-Profit and Education sectors for 10 years. A previous Director and Head of Practice at a leading executive search firm, she joined GatenbySanderson as an Associate in 2013, becoming a Partner in 2015 to support the development of its growing Not-for-Profit Sector Practice. 

She has placed Chairs, Trustees, Chief Executives and Directors to a wide range of organisations, including:  NSPCC, RSA, University of Cambridge, Scope, Big Society Capital, Turning Point, Heritage Lottery Fund, Wellcome Trust, Alzheimer's Society, NCVO, Relate, Arthritis Research UK and the Chartered Management Institute. She has also worked with numerous international voluntary organisations, including Save the Children, VSO, Oxfam and the Environmental Defense Fund. 

Before moving into recruitment, Katy was Associate Director of Development at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and Head of Corporate Development at the British Museum. 

Penny Wood, Associate, Not for Profit Practice

Penny has worked in Executive and Board recruitment within the Not for Profit sector for over ten years.  Most recently she developed and led the Not for Profit Practice at Veredus for six years before broadening her expertise in the field of career guidance and management. She brings considerable experience of working with charities, cultural organisations, social enterprises and representative bodies and has worked with: Age UK, British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie Cancer Care, RNIB, Relate, ActionAid UK, Ambitious about Autism, Contact a Family, Inspiring Futures Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Revolving Doors Agency, Independent Age, YHA, WSPA and NCVO. Her experience includes the management of multiple executive appointments as part of organisational change programmes for the Shaw Trust, British Council and Dyslexia Action.  In the cultural sector she has worked with English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Tate, Arts Council and the Design Council.  Other clients have included grant-giving foundations, Nominet Trust, United St Saviour’s Charity and sported.
 
Before her career in headhunting, Penny led fundraising teams and programmes for national cultural and not for profit organisations, including the South Bank Centre, the Science Museum and Historic Royal Palaces. She is a Trustee of the Michael Varah Foundation, which raises funds to support the rehabilitation of offenders and young people at risk of exclusion, and provides voluntary career guidance and support for young people at a South London secondary school.

Caroline Heard, Consultant

Caroline joined GatenbySanderson in 2015. She moved into executive search following an extensive career in Human Resources and Business Psychology, most recently specialising as an independent professional business coach. She is a seasoned all-rounder in the HR field, with a passion for enabling people and organisations to achieve their potential.  She brings with her a strong track record of working with a wide range of clients in both public and private sectors. 

Caroline is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and British Psychological Society. She holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology.  

Sophie Rees, Research Consultant

Sophie joined GatenbySanderson in 2011 as a Search Consultant and has operated in Executive Search for eight years, in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining GatenbySanderson, Sophie worked for a leading public sector recruiter across a wide range of sectors with a particular focus on Not for Profit and Education assignments. Her recent clients include JUSTICE, INTERIGHTS, NSPCC, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Internet Watch Foundation, Safer London Foundation, UK Homecare Association, Essex Community Foundation and Platform 51. Sophie holds a BA (Joint Hons) degree in French and Spanish from the University of Leeds.

If you would like to learn more about how GatenbySanderson can help you, contact us on Leeds 0113 205 6071, London 020 7426 3960 or Birmingham 0121 644 5700.