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Managing Director

Salary: Enquire for details
Closing Date: 4 February, 2019
  • Competitive salary offered

  • 30 days holiday (plus bank holidays)

  • 8% employer pension contribution

  • Company car

  • Payment of four times salary for death in service

  • Location – based in the South but will need to be in Theale (Berkshire) an average of two days per week, will also require travel in England and Wales


Dimensions is a leading provider of services supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs. We are an operations led organisation, our Managing Director plays a key role in leading the Regional Managing Directors to deliver excellent service to the people we support.

Key Outcomes:

  • Provision of excellent services across a large geographical area
  • Development of strategies which contribute to the continuing financial viability of Dimensions
  • Robust, forward thinking advice provided to the Group Executive Team
  • Well trained, motivated staff, able to perform their roles effectively
  • Development of a culture of continuous improvement

Key Responsibilities:

Responsible for the overall quality, safety and sustainability of the services within Dimensions UK and Waymarks.

To be part of the Dimensions Group Executive Team developing strategy, delivering performance and evaluating effectiveness in accordance with Dimensions’ strategic intent and values.

To model effective leadership behaviours to encourage people at all levels to perform to the best of their abilities and to promote, live and cherish the Dimensions values.

To provide advice to the Board and other Stakeholders on the key market and political factors which affect the business and contribute to the overall strategic development of Dimensions.

In conjunction with the Group Executive Team develop a broad overarching operational strategy. Embed operational excellence throughout the organisation and continue to develop the Dimensions Activate support.

Provide leadership to the regions and Waymarks, setting and encouraging high standards of quality and performance. Encourage staff in their personal development through setting objectives, appraising performance and agreeing training and development needs.

Ensure that Dimensions is established and known within its strategic areas, continuously reviewing the availability of new opportunities. In conjunction with Business Development colleagues, work to improve the quality of our external network of relationships with customers and other influential organisations.

Ensure that the operating objectives and standards of performance are not only understood but owned by the management and other employees.

Ensure that the organisation achieves its growth objectives, whilst maintaining high levels of quality and preserving organisational culture.

How to Apply:

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to Dimensions UK. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Rob Hilyer on +44(0)7719 325 771 or Helene Usherwood on +44 (0)7719 322 669.  An informal discussion with Dimensions UK CEO Steve Scown to learn more about the role can be arranged for candidates and will be scheduled by Anderson Quigley.

The closing date for applications is noon on 4th February 2019. 

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV;
  • A covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the experience criteria of the person specification;
  • Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of two referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates; and
  • As part of your application please complete an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference AQ415.

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Chair of Trustees
The Wallich

Location: Cardiff
Salary: The role of Chair is not accompanied by financial remuneration
Closing Date: 1 February, 2019

To lead us in our ambitions we are seeking a new Chairperson to lead the Board of Trustees, working in partnership with our Senior Leadership Team, to ensure the proper governance of the business. We have a committed Trustee Board of 10 Trustees coming from a range of sectors from Finance to Psychiatry, Policing and Local Authority. We are proud of our Trustees who are engaged and motivated to make a difference to the lives of those affected by homelessness. We are looking for someone who has experience of the work of a Trustee Board and the skills and confidence to ensure we continue to successfully sustain the work of our charity. We are passionate about standing together to provide hope, support and
solutions to end homelessness in Wales so commitment and empathy to our cause will be essential.



1. To provide leadership to the board and to ensure that trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the Charity.

1.1 To guard the long-term future of the charity by ensuring that:

• The board sets the vision, mission, strategy and high-level policies for the charity within the powers and restrictions in its charitable objects and governing instruments. • The board takes steps to monitor the performance of the charity and to ensure the charity satisfies all regulatory and legal compliance requirements. • Major risks to which the charity is exposed are reviewed regularly and systems are established to mitigate these risks without the charity becoming risk averse. • The charity has in place a satisfactory system for holding in trust beneficiaries monies, properties and other assets and ensure that monies are invested to the maximum benefit of the charity, within the constraints of the law and ethical policies laid down by the board. • The charities financial dealings are systematically accounted for, audited and publicly available. • Internal controls and systems (both financial and non-financial) are audited and reviewed regularly. • The board and the charity are fair and open to all sections of the community in all the charities activities. • The board and the charity hear the voices of key stakeholders, including beneficiaries.

1.2 To ensure the highest possible standards of governance by ensuring that:

• The charity has a governance structure that is appropriate to the charities size, complexity and stage of development and its charitable objects and that these structures and the governing instruments are reviewed regularly. • The board delegates sufficient authority to its committees, the chair, the Chief Executive and others to enable the business of the charity to be carried on effectively between meetings of the board. • The boards delegated authority is recorded in writing
by means of terms of reference for board committees, role descriptions key staff and the board monitors use of these delegated powers. • The board has on it the skills it requires to govern the charity well and these skills are utilised and that the board has access to relevant external professional advice and expertise. • There is a systematic, open and fair procedure for the recruitment and co-option of trustees, future chairs of the board and future Chief Executives. • All members of the board receive appropriate induction, advice, information and training (both individual and collective). • Trustees act reasonably, always act in the interests of the charity and comply with the charity’s code of conduct for trustees. • The board of trustees regularly reviews its performance.

1.3 To ensure the proper and efficient conduct of board meetings by:

• Chairing trustee meetings effectively, seeking consensus, balancing the need for full debate on key questions with the expeditious despatch of business as to reach clear and agreed decisions as swiftly as possible. • Encouraging all trustees to participate and to feel free to challenge constructively both the chair and the Chief Executive. • Taking an active role in ensuring that board agendas are meaningful and reflect the key responsibilities of trustees. • Ensuring the Chief Executive and SLT provide the board with relevant, timely and accurate information in order to allow the board to discharge its responsibilities. This should include alerting the board to major risks, informing the board of current and future key issues, including significant trends and informing the board of external changes which may impact on the charity. • Ensuring that board decisions are made in the best long-term interests of the charity and that the board takes collective ownership of these decisions. • Ensuring that decisions taken at meetings of the board are implemented. • Ensuring that there is an annual programme of board and committee meetings, carefully structured agendas and high-quality briefing papers providing timely information and concentrating on governance.


2. To support and where appropriate challenge the Chief Executive and to ensure that the board as a whole works in partnership with executive staff.

2.1 To support the Chief Executive by:

• Ensuring there are clear and open processes for the recruitment (and if necessary dismissal) of the Chief Executive. • Ensuring that the board focuses on its governance and does not slip incrementally, or otherwise, into the management role. • Arranging regular but not over-frequent meetings with the Chief Executive and by developing a very professional relationship with the chief executive within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges. • Providing leadership to the Chief Executive to ensure that the charity is run in accordance with the decisions of the board and the charities governing documents and that there is clarity about the charity’s objectives at all levels. • Supervising the Chief Executive on behalf of the board (unless other agreements are made), always remembering that the Chief Executive is responsible to the board as a whole and not to any one individual trustee or subgroup of trustees. • Ensuring that the Chief Executives performance is reviewed regularly. • Ensuring that the Chief Executive has the opportunity for professional development and has appropriate external professional support. • In partnership with the Chief Executive, to agree respective roles in representing the charity and acting as spokesperson.

2.2 To make sure that the board understands and fulfils its responsibility to hold the Chief Executive and executive team to account by ensuring that:

• When necessary, the chair and trustees challenge the Chief Executive constructively and only in the best interests of the charity and as ‘critical friends’. • The Chief Executive is clear about the Key Performance Indicators by which he/she will be held accountable. • The Chief Executive understands his/her crucial responsibility to provide relevant, timely, honest, high-quality information and advice to the board of trustees. • There are appropriate mechanisms, both internal and external, to verify that the board receives a balanced and honest picture of how the charity is doing.

2.3 To ensure the board works in partnership with management by:

• Ensuring through the Chief Executive, that the staff understand the role of the board and that the Chief Executive provides an effective link between the board and staff. • Ensuring the staff are aware of the boards appreciation of their successes and hard work. • Ensuring that, through the Chief Executive, a performance evaluation process is in place for
everyone in the organisation and that the charity invests in the development of staff. • Ensuring that whenever practicable, trustees visit various parts of the charity, attend a few events organised by the charity and have informal opportunities to meeting the Senior Leadership Team, staff and beneficiaries.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit your CV and written Expression of Interest to by 5pm on Friday 1st February.

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Cardiff YMCA
Board members
Cardiff YMCA Housing Association

Salary: Voluntary
Closing Date: 28 February, 2019

We currently have vacancies on our Board of Management and especially welcome applications from people who are able to bring specific skills to our work:

  • Financial expertise in either commercial or public sector and with a demonstrable business acumen
  • Property development experience

 In Cardiff the Association operates hostels and housing schemes mostly in the Roath area of the City housing and supporting 120 homeless vulnerable men and women every day and night of the year in secure supported temporary accommodation. We are about to embark on an exciting period of change and your expertise will be required.

The Group consists of Cardiff YMCA Housing Association; YMCA Cardiff and also owns and manages YMCA Newport which is a conference, community, sports and youth centre in the Pilgwenlly area of the City. 

The role is voluntary (we pay out-of-pocket expenses) and will require attendance at 4 to 6 Board meetings and potentially 4 to 6 sub-committee meetings a year. If you would like to be involved in supporting the governance and strategic development of Cardiff YMCA Housing Association, please register your interest.

Previous trustee experience is not essential and the Board will provide support to new trustees entering the role to ensure they feel comfortable and confident in the position.

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

How to Apply:

Email: or write to Andrew Templeton, Group Chief Executive, Cardiff YMCA Housing Association, YMCA, The Walk, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3AG.

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Senior Support Worker - Cardiff Riverside
The Wallich

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £19,566 per annum
Closing Date: 25 January, 2019


Senior Support Worker - Cardiff Riverside                                    

Reports To:                                    

Project Manager                                    



Based At:                                    



£19,566 per annum                                    

Hours of work:                                    

37.5 hours per week                                    

Closing Date:                                    

25 Jan 2019 12:00PM

The Wallich is a homelessness charity which provides support services to homeless and vulnerably-housed people. The organisation formed in 1978 in Cardiff, and now supports around 4000 people a year across the majority of Local Authorities in Wales. The Wallich's values are of empowerment and treating people with dignity, respect and an unconditional positive regard. The principles of our work are based around solution focused working, harm reduction, and the creation of an environment where the people we support are actively and meaningfully encouraged to be involved in their support, and the development and delivery of services.

The project is located in Cardiff and works with Service Users aged 18+, some of whom have complex needs. The service provides residential support with the aim of meeting individuals’ needs, which promote independence and lead to a sustainable move-on. The project is funded through the Supporting People Programme Grant and is required to meet the Welsh Government’s National Outcomes Framework. The Framework’s four main aims are:   • Promoting Personal and Community Safety • Promoting Independence and Control • Promoting Economic Progress and Financial Control • Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Purpose of Role:

To coordinate and provide residential support that enables and empowers Service Users to address housing and/or personal difficulties, build their skills and confidence, and ultimately improve their ability to maintain their future accommodation. The support will not create or increase dependence. It will ‘do with’ rather than ‘do for’, so it’s likely that support will involve accompanying Service Users initially, in order to familiarise them with an activity or appointment. Support will help people improve their control, understanding and involvement in dealing with the issues that affect them, and assist Service Users to achieve their preferred outcomes. In addition, to meet the housing management needs of the project ensuring the delivery of a safe, secure and effective service.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To coordinate and provide support to the residents of the project.

2. To assist in monitoring the effectiveness of the project ensuring objectives and targets are met.

3. To carry out the project’s housing management functions.

4. To supervise and mentor an allocated number of volunteers.

5.  To assist in the overall running of the project.

How to Apply:

For more information and to apply, please visit the website

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Company Registration No: 5093332
Charity No: 1116774