Head of Funding Programmes at ELHF

Location: Edinburgh, Waverley Gate

Salary: (£59,539) **Please note this is not negotiable**

Employment type: Permanent

Reporting into:  Foundation Director / Senior Managers

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: ELHF/Finance

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Lothian

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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.

Main Responsibilities

Working closely with the Director and Senior Management Team (SMT), take a lead in forging strong working relationships with key stakeholders and ensuring the Foundation’s funding priorities are closely aligned with the strategic priorities of NHS Lothian.

To be responsible for the effective development and delivery of the Foundation’s Grantmaking Strategy and the management, development and evaluation of the portfolio of funding programmes.
Oversee the effective management and control of Specific Funds in close liaison with the finance and fundraising teams, and NHS Lothian’s senior management and clinical leadership.
Develop and direct an appropriately skilled staff resource, and provide support and effective management of the funding and grants team to deliver funding objectives and impact measurement and reporting.

The dimensions listed below are based on the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation 2018/19 Annual Report and Financial Statements:

Financial Activities

Total funds £81.412m
Total income £5.565m
Total expenditure £5.676m

Staffing Responsibilities:

Line management responsibilities for a small team of programme managers / administrators (plus programme delivery contractors), representing generic and specialist funding programmes.

Financial Responsibilities:

Responsible for the oversight of delivery of funded programmes, including the £2m Grantmaking Strategy, to a total of c.£5m / year, and of approximately 500 Specific Funds, valued at c. £30m.
To deputise for the Director as and when required in all matters relating to the Foundation to Trustees, to the NHS Board and staff, and to the public.


  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent professional experience.
  • MBA or other relevant professional qualification or equivalent levels of experience.


  • Senior level experience required in the following areas: project management / delivery, grants management and administration, developing and implementing effective grant programmes or projects, report writing, impact evaluation.
  • Experience of and confident in using / managing online grant application and project management software.
  • Experience of recruiting and managing staff teams, and working with contracted staff and agencies.


  • Strong leadership and management skills, able to negotiate, collaborate and work constructively across organisational boundaries.
  • Excellent literacy, communication and presentation skills.
  • Creative thinker and problem solver, able to horizon scan and spot and nurture innovative and good ideas.
  • High degree of numeracy and analytical skills (specifically proposal assessment, project evaluation and grant programme statistical analysis).
  • Excellent report designing and writing skills, and able to coach others in writing quality proposals and evaluation reports.
  • Strong organizational skills to manage a varied workload and ensure competing priorities are achieved to agreed timescales.
  • Good IT skills.


Please contact Alan Surgeon (07795954029 / [email protected]) for a confidential discussion about this vacancy, and further instructions will be provided about the next step of the application process, which involves completing an online application pack.