The Robertson Trust

Head of Programmes and Practice

Job Reference CAPAUB1
Closing Date Tuesday 03 Aug 2021

Do you want to make a difference to people experiencing poverty and trauma?

The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant making trust in Scotland, providing financial and other types of support to charities, communities, and individuals. Marking its 60th anniversary this year, it was established in 1961 when sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel Robertson gave shares in their family whisky businesses to the Trust to use income from those businesses for charitable purposes.

The Trust has a clear vision: a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. Through funding and supporting organisations, The Robertson Trust works to reduce the impacts of poverty and trauma in Scotland through thematic projects and programmes. They also use their research, knowledge and networks to support, champion and inform effective practice across the country with the aim of achieving long-term change.

The dedicated team is led by a new CEO, Jim McCormick, focused on a recently launched ten-year strategy. It is an exciting time to be involved with an ambitious organisation which is not afraid to take on difficult issues and take risks in pursuit of positive change.

The Robertson Trust are now looking to appoint a Head of Programmes and Practice. This new role, reporting to the CEO and joining the Leadership Team, will lead the Trust’s existing programmes and develop new long-term thematic programme approaches informed by real world opportunities and dilemmas. Leading a highly motivated and effective group of colleagues, the successful candidate will ensure programmes are coordinated across the Trust driving cross-team collaboration.

The successful candidate will bring proven leadership and management skills to work with a diverse group of partners to influence change and a senior-level track record of designing, managing, and delivering programmes with impact. Candidates will bring exceptional programme management skills and the ability to build effective partnerships with a range of stakeholders, demonstrating a commitment to the Trust’s vision, mission, and values.

The Trust wants to encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds. It believes that greater diversity of experience, skills and ways of thinking will challenge our approaches and broaden our collective knowledge and networks. It encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates from all parts of the community, regardless of age, disability, race, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief or socio-economic background. It also encourages applications from those with experience or knowledge of how poverty or trauma impact on people’s lives.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to The Robertson Trust on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference CAPAUB1. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 3 August 2021.

The Trust has a clear vision: a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish.