Single Homeless Project - Chair

Job Title: Single Homeless Project - Chair
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Peridot Partners (SHP)
Contact Name: Emma Harvey
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 20, 2019 12:36

Job Description

Single Homeless Project (SHP)
Role: Chair
Location: London

Single Homeless Project (SHP) is one of London’s leading homelessness prevention charities, a dynamic and growing organisation changing 8,000 lives every year - from supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment.

Each day across all 32 London boroughs, our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency.

Founded by a group of homeless people in the mid-1970s, more than 40 years on we still try to look at the world through our clients’ eyes, putting their needs and viewpoints at the centre of everything we do. Above all, we believe that, no matter what challenges they face, everyone we work with has the capacity to take control of their lives and shape their own futures.

We have a strong reputation with commissioners and within the housing sector for the quality of the services we provide and are proud of the innovative and pioneering work we have done to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

We employ 400 staff across London, and have a turnover of c£21m, the vast majority of which is drawn from local authority contracts and from rents. Following investment in our fundraising team, we are diversifying income streams, with a small but increasing proportion of our funding drawn from corporates, trusts and foundations, and individual donors.

With homelessness at its highest level for a decade and cuts to public services affecting the most vulnerable, our work is more needed than ever. We want to scale up our work, deepen our impact and reach even more people.

Our current Chair is stepping down after a long period of service and we're now looking for a committed individual to help steer the charity through a time of exciting opportunity and development.

We’re seeking a senior leader in a regional or national organisation, with significant experience of leading long term strategic development and driving financial sustainability. We need someone who can act as a passionate and persuasive advocate and ambassador for the organisation, with an instinctive grasp of our ethos and values and the ability to inspire staff, fellow trustees and stakeholders alike.

SHP is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity to ensure that we reflect the full breadth of the people we aim to support. We warmly welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates. However, as black and minority ethnic communities and women are under-represented on our board, we would particularly welcome applications from these groups.

For more information about the role and to apply please visit our dedicated microsite:

To arrange an informal chat with the current Chair or CEO, or for a broader conversation about the role, you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners, Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or or Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or

Closing date: 9am, Monday 11th March 2019

SHP is IIP accredited and an equal opportunities employer.