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Managing Director - Mates in Mind

Managing Director - Mates in Mind

Please note applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted throughout this advert's duration, consequently, we may bring the closing date forward at any time. Therefore, we encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as possible

The Charity

The Mates in Mind charity was established seven years ago by the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) to eradicate stigma and breakdown the barriers surrounding mental health in the workplace. Through our programmes of support, Mates in Mind enables individual companies to put in place a positive mental health culture from the Boardroom to the shop floor. To date, we have reached over 7500 supporter organisations of every size across the construction and other sectors - with a lot more work still to be done.

Our proactive and preventative approach is in the skills, clarity and confidence that we develop with employers, especially line managers, on how to raise awareness, improve understanding and address the stigma of mental ill-health within the workplace before it reaches a crisis.

Mates in Mind has been recognised and rewarded by receiving the Inspire Wellbeing Award for Excellence in Challenging Stigma in the Workplace, hosting a recent awareness-raising visit by HRH The Prince of Wales discussing the issues within the industry and featuring in the Government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy.

The Role

To accomplish our mission, we are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Managing Director to support the Chair and Board and ensure that the charity continues to grow and meet ambitious objectives whilst ensuring appropriate governance. The appointed Managing Director will be directly accountable to the Mates in Mind Chair and will report to British Safety Council’s Group Chief Executive Officer as part of its Executive Team.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced senior-level professional who is passionate about mental health to join the team and take further innovative initiatives to lead the charity forward to make a difference in workplaces. The Managing Director will work closely with wider stakeholders to increase opportunities and further develop Mates in Mind’s overall aim of preventing mental ill-health in the workplace through eradicating the stigma surrounding it and tackling underlying causation. Working in a small charity means the appointee will have to be versatile and resilient in order to fulfil the practical demands of the role.

The ideal candidate will have

  • A passion and commitment to safeguarding employees’ wellbeing at the workplace
  • Proven experience operating as a Managing Director or in another senior managerial capacity within mental health, wellbeing or service sectors.
  • Proven leadership skills to create a cohesive shared culture across Mates in Mind and their stakeholders.
  • A track record of managing successful partnerships and networks across a wide range of organisations and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and ability to run an organisation that makes a difference in the mental health sector
  • Sensitivity and empathy when dealing with mental health or people issues
  • Experience leading a small team which aims to have a large impact
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills: an influential and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Financial acumen: experience of both income generation and budget management to ensure future financial sustainability
  • The ability to stay one step ahead of industry trends and focussed on becoming an expert and industry leader within the field of mental health and wellbeing
  • Ability to influence negotiations, make risk-based decisions to develop and deliver the strategic objectives of the charity.


🌴 25 days annual leave with holiday buying and selling option

🩺 Health cash-plan benefits upon joining

🍎 Private medical and dental cover on completion of the probationary period

🏡 Flexible working rights from day one

👪 Attractive family-friendly policies

🥇 Training and development opportunities

🙏 Other wellbeing activities

Application and Interview process

Applicants will be shortlisted for interviews if their CV demonstrates the required skillset and experience, as outlined in the job description. Please click ‘Apply now’ to read the full job description. We ask applicants to provide a covering letter along with their CV, clearly stating how your experience, skills and knowledge match each of the requirements of this role.

Candidates will be shortlisted during the week commencing 27 November 2023, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited for screening via Microsoft Teams from 04 December 2023. The first panel interviews with the Mates in Mind Chair and the Board of Trustees will take place via Microsoft Teams in the week commencing 11 December 2023, and the final face-to-face interviews will take place at a later date in a location in Central London.


If you wish to discuss the role further, or have any queries, please contact Menaka Gamage, Head of Human Resources, on 07724338400.

Guaranteed interview scheme

We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people. As part of this commitment, we operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role they have applied for.