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Three Directors and Two Deputy Directors

In 2015 the Big Lottery Fund launched its new strategic framework for the period 2015-21 ‘People in the Lead’. The framework signalled an important shift and driver in the approach to funding, focusing on the strengths of people and communities, trusting them to make great things happen. The largest distributor of lottery money, the Big Lottery Fund has an annual grant budget of c. £750 million and 900 staff.

Prospectus was appointed following a competitive tender process to work in close partnership with the Fund to recruit a number of key senior leadership roles: England Grant Making Director; England Portfolio Development Director; England Deputy Director Strategic Investments; and England Deputy Director Change and UK Portfolio and Knowledge Director.  Following the successful delivery of these campaigns, Prospectus was also asked to lead the recruitment of a Communications Director and Deputy Director, Responsive Programmes (currently in progress).

The brief for each requirement was very different,  but with a common theme being the ability to balance informed and creative strategic thinking with the reality of the grant-making environment in which the Fund operates. The campaign required the five initial search processes to be conducted simultaneously which meant extensive internal resource and bespoke reporting processes. Prospectus created an integrated search and selection campaign including designing a microsite to publicise the roles. Social media was also used extensively in the publicising of these opportunities which garnered much interest in the market place.

The following appointments have now been made:

  • Gemma Bull has been appointed England Portfolio Development Director and joined the Fund in October 2015. Gemma was Managing Director of Enterprise and Innovation at Leonard Cheshire Disability. Alongside this role, Gemma is co-founder of EasyPeasy, a digital service that supports children's early development.
  • Joe Ferns joined the Fund in September 2015 as UK Portfolio and Knowledge Director. Joe was previously Executive Director of Policy, Research and Development at the Samaritans. He has held a number of posts with The Samaritans and has worked in the field of mental health for almost 20 years.
  • Lyn Cole was appointed England Grant Making Director. Lyn has more than 17 years of experience of grant making at Big Lottery Fund and across its predecessor bodies. Previously, Lyn was Deputy Director for England.
  • Mark Hayward was appointed Deputy Director, Strategic Programmes. Mark was Head of Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF), Education Funding Agency and has previously worked for the Department for Education and Skills / Children, Schools and Families. He joined Big Lottery Fund in October 2015.
  • Faye Booker joined the Fund in September 2015 as Deputy Director, Change. Most recently Faye was Head of Transformational Change at VSO, and prior to that held a number of positions at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Should you require any further information about any aspect of the Big Lottery Fund campaign, please do not hesitate to contact the Prospectus team.