A message from our Chief Executive

If you want to help create a better world for vulnerable children across the UK, keep on reading.

Javed Khan Barnardo's CEO

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play a leading role in shaping a movement committed to changing children’s lives and the systems around them for the better. 
Barnardo’s is the largest national children’s charity in the UK. Each year we support around 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers through over 1000 vital services, and by running over 700 stores in our UK-wide retail network. 
Following a refresh of our ambitious ten-year Corporate Strategy, Better Outcomes for More Children, we are appointing five new senior leadership roles to help drive the next phase of our historic journey. This is about meeting the needs of children today, but also preparing for the future.

We are looking for a cohort of exceptional leaders whose passion and enthusiasm are matched by experience, expertise and an ability to think ‘big picture’ whilst driving change and inspiring colleagues and partners. 

​​I joined the magical Barnardo’s journey over five years ago and every day since has been a privilege. I’m here because I believe we can create a better world for vulnerable children and young people that’s what drives me. If you want to be part of this journey, we look forward to hearing from you.

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The roles

Director of People and Culture

Reporting directly to the CEO, this pivotal new role will drive culture change across the charity, ensuring our change programme is underpinned by a coherent, long-term and practical commitment to building all aspects of a modern, diverse, capable workforce.

Find out more: Director of People and Culture role

Dean of The BU, Barnardo’s Corporate University

This is a unique opportunity to lead The BU, the first corporate university of its kind in the UK voluntary sector. This new role will be responsible for transforming Barnardo’s unparalleled commitment to learning into a tangible reality for staff, volunteers and the young people we support, building partnerships with a range of external stakeholders.

Find out more: Dean of The BU, Barnardo’s Corporate University

Watch a video and read more about the launch of the BU.

Director of Health

This is a fantastic opportunity to implement Barnardo’s ambition to build on our long-established expertise in children’s social care, to become the UK’s leading children’s health and social care charity. Children’s health and social care needs are integrated, so our response should be too. We are looking for an experienced leader with experience in the health sector to lead Barnardo’s development in this exciting area. 

Find out more: Director of Health

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Barnardo’s is leading the way in developing a new approach to partnership working. We are moving beyond traditional, transactional commissioning relationships towards new relationships based on co-design and co-delivery, with the aim of changing vulnerable children’s lives for the better. This is an opportunity for an innovative, out-of-the-box thinker in children’s services to lead us into the next phase of this journey. 

Find out more: Director of Strategic Partnerships

Head of Barnardo’s Foundation

Barnardo’s is establishing its own ‘Foundation’, which will become the custodian of our significant voluntary funds. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the implementation of this vision from day one, and ensure our precious charitable funds are distributed in a transparent, impactful and innovative way, tracking where every pound is spent and making sure we evaluate our impact. 

Find out more: Head of Barnardo’s Foundation

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