Iain McAndrew, Director of Development and Communications, talks about how he briefed in an exciting new Associate Director of External Affairs role to the team from Denholm Associates.
Last week, I was with Agata and Douglas from Denholm Associates, who are conducting a search for us here at CHAS for an Associate Director of External Affairs.
Our meeting was to finalise the finer points of the search; a meeting any client would have with a recruitment agency prior to the search commencing. What was different about this meeting was the location: it was in Rachel House, our children’s hospice in Kinross. But why there?
Denholm were keen to fully understand CHAS, our USP and what made us tick, so that they could best convey to potential candidates who CHAS are, and what it’s like to work for Scotland’s national children’s hospice service.
I could think of no better opportunity for the team from Denholm than to visit one of our hospices, and experience first-hand our services, by meeting our staff, volunteers and families. Agata and Douglas were shown around Rachel House by Head of Community Fundraising Sarah, giving them the opportunity to meet some of the team, and ask those all important questions: ‘what’s it really like to work with Iain’ definitely cropped up!
Following their tour around Rachel House, Agata and Douglas reflected something we hear very often at CHAS:
‘It’s not what we were expecting. It’s so colourful; the atmosphere and environment is so vibrant and friendly, and your staff demonstrate an amazing commitment to and passion for the organisation. Today has really helped us truly understand who works for CHAS, and why they do so, and we are as committed to finding you the right individual for CHAS Associate Director of External Affairs. We know it’s so much more than a great CV which demonstrates those all so important skills and experience – it’s as much about the individual, their drive and determination to play their part in supporting children and their families’.
This role will join the fantastic team here at CHAS at a key time of change, and will play an essential part in making sure that we can help every baby, child and their family across Scotland that needs us. That’s why we launched the Keep the Joy Alive campaign: to inspire the support we require to make that ambition a reality.
You can find more information about the role here