Carnegie Dunfermline and Hero Fund Trust
Carnegie Dunfermline and Hero Fund Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC015710

Andrew Carnegie famously established the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust by a hand written letter in 1903 with the purpose of adding value to the lives of the people of Dunfermline, the place of his birth. Today the Trust works to support and initiate projects and activities across a wide range of arts, sport, recreation, education, heritage, community and welfare. The Trust is governed by Royal Charter through a Board of twenty Trustees who meet every two months to consider the business of the Trust including applications for grants. In addition the Trust is responsible for the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum which has recently undergone a major refurbishment and upgrading programme.

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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £60,000
  • Dunfermline
  • Closing 9th February 2020

BTA (Bruce Tait Associates) are delighted to be working with Carnegie Dunfermline and Hero Fund Trust in their search for a Chief Executive.

Andrew Carnegie’s story is one of rags to riches. Born in Dunfermline in 1835 to a father who was a handloom weaver, the arrival of the power loom had a devastating impact on this trade, causing the Carnegies to immigrate to the United States in 1848. Young Andrew began work at age 12 as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory but educated himself by reading and writing and attending night school. Through great entrepreneurial acumen, he was to become one of the wealthiest men in America.

Carnegie wrote frequently about political and social matters, and his most famous article, “Wealth,” published in 1889, outlined what came to be called the Gospel of Wealth. This doctrine held that a man who accumulates great wealth has a duty to use his surplus wealth for “the improvement of mankind” in philanthropic causes. A “man who dies rich dies disgraced.”

Carnegie is one of the world’s most renowned philanthropists. His charitable giving benefitted people across the world in his lifetime and continues to do so today in a myriad of ways.

A rare opportunity has arisen to lead the Carnegie Dunfermline and Hero Fund Trusts. This comprises the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, which gives grants to local causes and which also runs the world famous Carnegie Birthplace Museum, as well as the Hero Fund Trust. This operates across the UK and recognises civilian heroes by providing long term financial and other support for them and/or their families.

The Board of Trustees is looking for an exceptional person to become the next CEO. You will need to have all the usual skills and attributes required for running a diverse organisation including: strategic leadership and financial management experience, project leadership, experience of working with a Board (though this need not necessarily be in a third sector context), excellent stakeholder management skills and exemplary communication ability in all forms. This is as well as a strong belief and commitment to the Trusts’ vision and values, a motivational team leadership style and a knowledge of how to provide support services for vulnerable people.

If you would love the opportunity to be a grant giver that enhances and changes people’s lives for the better and have what it takes to be an inspirational leader for this fantastic and much valued organisation, then please request a candidate pack today.