Head of Finance at ELHF

Location:                Edinburgh
Salary:                     £53,291 – £62,259
Reporting into:    Foundation Director
Status:                     Permanent
Closing Date:         Monday 20th May 2019
Interview Dates: 
1st/2nd Stage:       27th May / 5th June 2019


The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation aims to improve the physical and mental health of the people of Scotland, in particular Edinburgh and the Lothians. It provides funding and makes grants to support projects and initiatives not normally funded by the health service.

The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation was founded on two things: the benevolence of Edinburgh society, and the ongoing support of generations of patients and their carers, to the work of the hospitals.

Various reorganisations of the NHS in Scotland, including the separation from the NHS in England and Wales in 1978 and the most recent reorganisation and establishment of the fourteen regional Scottish Health Boards has affected the administration of the endowments, but their charitable object, “the advancement of health” has remained constant. The Foundation was registered as a charity in 1992.


Thank you for your interest in bringing your talent and skills to the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation, one of Scotland’s largest charities.

The Foundation works in strategic partnership with NHS Lothian and other partners who share our vision and values to make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing on a local, regional and national level. In 2017/18 we invested £14.201m in charitable expenditure, from net assets of £76.757m. It was an exceptional year for the Foundation, including an anonymous single donation of £11m and a residual estate of £0.756m.

The Foundation is embarking on an exciting new chapter, on its transformational journey from endowment fund and silent partner to NHS Lothian, to an acknowledged major investor in improved health and wellbeing across Edinburgh and the Lothians, a beacon of good governance, to developing a capital campaign in support of the new Edinburgh Cancer Centre and enabling fundraising more broadly across the hospitals, services and communities of NHS Lothian.

In order to realise our ambitions we need two exceptional individuals to join the team. The Head of Finance is responsible for effective strategic and operational planning, monitoring and delivery of the Foundation’s financial systems. The Head of Fundraising will provide strategic leadership and vision to fundraising for the Foundation and NHS Lothian, with the objective of achieving a step-change in the fundraising culture, achieving significant increase in income.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Donna McKay on donna@awsrecruitment.co.uk or call on 0131 344 4646.


Jane Ferguson

Foundation Director 
Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation

Job Purpose

Responsible for effective strategic and operational planning, monitoring and delivery of the Foundation’s finance systems.
To provide trustees with sound financial advice on matters such as finance strategy, investments, business plans, budget proposals and fundraising, including procuring external advice when required.
To ensure financial controls, systems and processes in place are robust and adequate to protect the Foundation’s interests and assets.
Responsible for ensuring that appropriate financial information is produced and reported, ensuring the Foundation complies with all statutory and regulatory requirements.

Experience & Qualifications


  • A degree and relevant post-graduate qualification.
  • Qualified Accountant with membership of one of the six bodies recognised by the Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies (CCAB) Continued Professional Development should have been undertaken since qualification.


  • Relevant post-qualifying experience within a complex organisation with demonstrable experience in a Senior Finance Manager role, including the management of significant assets or budgetary resource.
  • Experience required in the following areas: strategic planning and financial management, financial accounting and reporting, private sector investments and undertaking investment appraisals, stakeholder management, project management, implementation of new systems, and staff development and
  • Experience in the preparation of charity Annual Report and Financial Statements.
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise of complex financial systems and structures, and interpretation of the complex coding structures requiring analysis and evaluation.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice, HMRC regulations and VAT as applied to charities.


  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • High degree of analytical skills.
  • Excellent IT and specifically computerised accounting skills.
  • Organisational skills to ensure competing priorities are achieved to agreed timescales.
  • Excellent report writing skills.

Apply via Donna McKay at AWS Recruitment who can be contacted on
donna@awsrecruitment.co.uk or 0131 344 4646.

Head of Finance – Recruitment pack – May 2019


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