Livingston James is delighted to be retained by Children 1st to appoint their new Head of People and Culture

*Please note this opportunity is now closed to further applications. Should you be interested in similar roles and wish to have an exploratory discussion, please contact Douglas Adam at [email protected].


Head of People & Culture

£43,863 – £50,227

Edinburgh / Glasgow

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity and since 1884 children’s safety and wellbeing have been at the heart of everything we do.  We are a dynamic charity focused on leading transformational change for children so that they stay safe, happy and well in their own families and communities. That means we work tirelessly in campaigning, influencing and direct support to help families overcome all the challenges they face.

Reflecting the importance of an engaged and committed staff team and a culture of inclusion, respect and collaboration and to support our vision that children in Scotland will be safer, will grow up in strong, resilient families and have access to early help and support when they need it, we are looking to recruit into the newly created role of Head of People & Culture.


As our People and Culture Leader, you will be responsible for developing and implementing the vision to transform our HR department to be a strategic, solutions-focused, high-performing, and collaborative partner that directly supports the delivery of the organisation’s strategic aims and promotes Children 1st as an ‘employer of choice’.

We are looking for someone who has experience of transforming HR and has the appetite to do that again, in the right way, for Children 1st .  With relevant experience gained across the full Human Resources and Organisational Development portfolio and demonstrating commitment to Children 1st’s  vision, mission and values, the successful candidate will also bring:

  • Experience of developing, implementing and managing customer and delivery-focused strategies for HR issues
  • Experience of developing HR management information, including metrics development and performance reporting, which contributes to the overall performance management of the organisation
  • The ability to develop strategies and policies, translate into operational actions and articulate good HR practice in a jargon-free and accessible way
  • Successful partnership working, specifically the ability to effectively engage with and manage relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders


If you share our passion and vision for a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for every child and young person in Scotland we would be delighted to receive an application from you.

For more information on this role please review the role profile below or contact Douglas Adam at Livingston James, our retained recruitment advisors via [email protected]. All third party introductions will be forwarded to Livingston James.


NB: As an organisation Children 1st embraces agile working and the successful candidate could be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Children 1st – Head of People and Culture Role Profile

At Children 1st we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team that represents all communities across Scotland and creating a culture where we are all genuinely able to be ourselves and participate and thrive without prejudice or barriers. We aim to proactively develop anti-racist and inclusive approaches in our recruitment process and we welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, marginalised groups, and individuals with multiple experiences of marginalisation, who reflect our values.



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