Chief People Officer (CPO), St Dunstan’s Educational Foundation, London

St Dunstan’s Educational Foundation is an ambitious, forward-thinking community that champions individuality through a broad, liberal, and academically exciting education, whilst retaining its historic and valued traditions. The Foundation supports and inspires each student to find their own way, make their own mark, and discover who they are. St Dunstan’s was named coeducational school of the year in 2020 and has been shortlisted for Independent Senior School of the Year at the 2022 TES awards.

St Dunstan’s is one of the oldest schools in the country, with a history tracing back to 1408. Today, the Foundation employs more than 250 staff and educates over 1,100 students aged 3-18 within a co-educational setting that is grounded in the vibrancy of south London. In 2021, the Foundation celebrated the opening of state-of-the-art STEM facilities, a new Junior School, and Sixth Form Centre, followed by a new Performing Arts Centre. The new facilities sit alongside the recent acquisition of an additional 30-acres of sporting facilities, just five minutes from the main campus, now representing a centre for wide-reaching community engagement and sporting excellence. Integral to the Foundation’s identity is its work in the broader Lewisham community as well as its international links and connections across London.

Key to the continued success of St Dunstan’s Educational Foundation is the recruitment of a high-calibre Chief People Officer who, together with the other members of the Foundation Executive Team, will support the Head in the implementation of the Foundation’s ambitious vision and strategy. The CPO will have responsibility for the Foundation’s HR function and as well as being a senior professional adviser on people related issues they will also lead on strategic workforce planning.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and successful leader with integrity, high-standards, and a proven record of developing, managing, and facilitating change through outstanding leadership and effective management. They will be a strategic thinker with strong analytical and project management skills, able to influence change and steer new ways of working. Importantly, they will have a passion for education and a commitment to the values and ethos of the Foundation.

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Basil leRoux

+44 7771 516 967

Closing date for applications: 9am BST Monday 6th June

St Dunstan’s Educational Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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