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Head of HR

About the role

About our client 

We’re Children’s Hospices Across Scotland. But most people know us as CHAS. For 30 years, CHAS has cared for babies, children and young people with life shortening conditions and their families by offering palliative care, family respite and support. Three children die each week in Scotland from an incurable condition. Our aim is to be there for all of them. With over 320 staff and our dedicated force of over 800 volunteers, we offer care for the whole family through our two hospices, CHAS at Home, and our teams working in partnership with the NHS in every children’s hospital in Scotland. We create the opportunity for children and families to have experiences they may not otherwise have, and to create memories that will be treasured forever. Our staff include nurses, doctors, social workers, healthcare professionals and family support specialists. We responded to the pandemic with agility and creativity, pioneering new services to support families in every way we can. 

The role 

Working within the culture, ethos and philosophy of CHAS, the Head of HR will:  

  • Provide strategic leadership, vision and direction for HR across CHAS to support delivery of the CHAS strategic plan 
  • Ensure the effective management, provision and development of HR service delivery to support the people agenda and HR contribution across CHAS 
  • Key influencer and professional lead in shaping HR initiatives, priorities and responses across CHAS 
  • Contribute as an essential member of the senior People and Strategy team to policy and decision making

You will lead all HR related activities in the following areas: 

  • Strategic leadership 
  • Business partnering 
  • Expert advice 
  • Positively influence the employee experience 
  • Governance

The successful candidate  

We are seeking an experienced HR professional with the ability and experience to lead an HR function and work in partnership with leaders across the organisation to deliver an effective HR service. 

You be able to evidence the following skills/experience: 

  • Strong and effective motivating, engagement and negotiation skills with evidence of effectively advising and influencing Directors and managers on HR matters, including creative solutions to complex employee relations issues 
  • Highly effective team working skills with proven experience in collaborating with others and developing strong and effective working relationships with managers, employee and volunteers 
  • Strong communication skills and role modelling to represent the interests of CHAS internally and with external stakeholders 
  • Evidence of developing and delivering HR strategies and policy development
  • Highly effective written, oral and presentation of skills 
  • Vision and understanding of expanding scope of the fields of HR 
  • IT literate with good understanding of using IT systems to achieve objectives
  • Educated to Masters degree level/equivalent experience in and HR/People function 
  • Extensive evidence of a high level of specialist and working theoretical knowledge of employment law and HR policy, process and methodologies 
  • CIPD qualified and holds ‘chartered fellow’ level of membership 


To be considered for this role, you can be based anywhere in Scotland with the ability to travel regularly between the Edinburgh office, Rachel House (Kinross) and Robin House (Balloch). 

How to Apply

To apply, please send your CV to Jaclyn Needham, Director at FWB Park Brown at For an initial confidential conversation please contact 0131 539 7087.