Head of Funding and Social Investment


Barnwood Trust is a long-established charitable trust in Gloucestershire.  Its vision is that Gloucestershire is a better place for disabled people and people with mental health challenges to make the most of their lives, through acting as a catalyst for lasting change.

We are seeking to appoint a new post of Head of Funding and Social Investment to lead the Funding Team whose primary focus is to facilitate all Barnwood’s funding programmes. This will be supported through engagement with disabled people, people with mental health challenges, and partner organisations to ensure all funding is directly aligned to driving change that benefits disabled people and people with mental health challenges.

We are looking for someone with direct experience of leading a funding or grant making function and who has experience and knowledge of social impact investing.  The successful candidate will have experience of working with people with lived experience of disability or mental health challenges, proven success in leading teams and an understanding of safeguarding. This role needs someone who has an awareness of the statutory, voluntary and community sectors and the complexities of the environment in which Barnwood operates and experience of establishing, building and maintaining a wide range and effective networks of external contacts.

We want to diversify our team to better reflect the work and communities we support– this means we would particularly welcome applications from people who:

  • are from Black, Asian and minoritised backgrounds.
  • have lived experience of disability and/or mental health challenges.


Key duties:

  • Ensuring that funding is accessible to routinely marginalised communities and those with complex needs.
  • Engaging meaningfully with VCS organisations who work with disabled people and people with mental health challenges in order to understand how funding can support their work.
  • Leading the development, and have oversight of all communications, publications and reporting and evaluation relating to all funding programmes and social investments.
  • Working collaboratively across the Trust to maximise the internal understanding and external promotion of our funding programmes.
  • Being proactive in all matters relating to funding and social investment in order to identify new and emerging grant-making trends and drive the continued development of Barnwood’s funding programmes.
  • Leading on the development of a new programme of social investment for the Trust which aims to deliver increased investment in the county which benefits disabled people and people with mental health challenges.
  • Ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of the various funding programmes and processes against a set of agreed objectives/targets.
  • Contributing to leadership and corporate policies of the Trust as a member of the Management Team.


Essential Skills:

  • The ability to write clearly, succinctly and accurately, and produce high-quality and timely reports to meet the needs and understanding of a range of internal and external audiences.
  • Strong IT skills (demonstrable proficiency in using MS Office, Word and Excel) and the ability to use technology to achieve work plans and objectives.
  • Ability to work effectively on a range of projects concurrently, balancing and prioritising potential competing demands and delivering against both strategic and operation targets.



  • 36 days annual leave including bank holidays.
  • Work within an organisation that is committed to improving equality and diversity.
  • Competitive salaries and fantastic pension contribution rates.
  • Excellent personal development plan and extensive training which includes a commitment to training employees to be confident to engage directly with people with a wide variety of impairments, disabilities and mental health challenges.
  • Friendly and collaborative working culture; everyone’s voice is heard.
  • We have a range of supportive wellbeing policies and almost a third of our employees, including every Head of department are qualified mental health first aiders with Mental Health England.
  • Our newly renovated office in central Cheltenham is wheelchair accessible, has free accessible parking on site and great facilities.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome!


Contract Terms:

  • Permanent full time role, 37.5 hours a week. Usual working hours to be worked Monday to Friday, there may be some evening and weekend working, as required.
  • This position is based in Overton House, Cheltenham however a hybrid working model is possible.



Click on Apply Now to be taken to the online application forms. We would like you to answer 3 role specific competency based questions; your answers will be used by the hiring manager to shortlist applicants for interview. In addition to this, there is a basic application form to complete and an equal opportunities form. Your application form will not be shared with the hiring manager until after shortlisting and will be held by the recruitment team. Your equal opportunities form is separated from your application at source.

Should you have any questions or require any of the information in a different format please email the recruitment team directly at recruitment@barnwoodtrust.org

We want our application process to be right for you as an individual, so if there’s anything you think we can do to make this process more straightforward for you please email recruitment@barnwoodtrust.org directly to discuss what support we might be able to provide.

Our careers page has some examples of things we may be able to put in place for people who request extra support.


Guaranteed Interview:

In the recruitment pack we provide for each role we describe some ‘essential skills or experience’ (a few things we really need the person applying to be able to do). If you have a disability (this includes mental health or long-term health conditions) and have these essential skills or experiences, we will guarantee you an interview.

To be invited to interview or assessment in this way, you must detail in the answers to our ‘Competency Questions’ document how you meet the essential criteria for the role and then check the box next to the question asking if you would like your application to be considered for this.

A request under the guaranteed interview scheme does not guarantee an applicant a job. At interview, the best candidate will be offered the role. If you are invited to interview you will receive your invite and we’ll ask you about any reasonable adjustments that you may need.


The deadline to send in applications is 5pm Friday 11th March 2022.

You can apply for this role by clicking on Apply Now below.

First interviews will take place on 23rd and 24th March and second stage interviews on 30th and 31st March 2022.




Click here to download the Application Pack