The Robertson Trust

Head of Insight and Impact

Job Reference CAPAUB2
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 Insight and Impact. As part of the Leadership team, reporting to the CEO, the successful candidate in this new role will lead in developing a strategic approach to insight and impact around the priorities set out in its strategy. This will involve generating, applying and sharing valuable knowledge from across its funding and programme activities in order to build a picture of the difference that the Trust is helping to make. Leading the Learning and Communications team, the successful candidate will ensure work is driven by cross-team collaboration and ensure that the Trust draws upon all its assets to realise the promise of its new strategy.

The successful candidate will bring proven leadership and management skills and a senior-level track record of generating valuable insights and gauging impact using different methods. They will be a strategic and creative thinker with proven experience of building effective relationships with colleagues and senior-level stakeholders and ability to demonstrate 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 CAPAUB2. 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.