Head of Charity

Lincolnshire Rural Support Network is recruiting a Head of Charity. For 20 years our county-based, volunteer-led charity has provided support and guidance to the farming and rural community in times of crisis, stress and change.

They are looking for an inspirational and motivational values-led individual who will lead our team of volunteers and staff into the next exciting stage of our journey.

They are proud to be a part of so many national and local farming support groups, making a difference to farming lives.

For full details of the post and how to apply, and more about LRSN, please visit www.lrsn.co.uk and download the candidate recruitment pack.

Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 5 March 2021.


Times are changing at Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, as Alison Twiddy, the county charity’s Project Manager, steps down after 14 years in the post.

LRSN’s board of trustees is recruiting a new Head of Charity to lead the county-based farming and rural support charity, taking over from Alison in October 2021.

Chair of the board of trustees, Meryl Ward said: “Getting the right person for this critical leadership role is essential for the future of LRSN; we know the person who succeeds Alison will have some very large shoes to fill, however, this is a great opportunity to help shape LRSN’s future.

“As our charity begins a new chapter, we want our new Head of Charity to work with the board to expand and create new opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of Lincolnshire’s farming and rural community, whilst ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the charity.

“Our farming and rural communities are facing challenging times and LRSN has a vital role to play in delivering better outcomes for even more farming and rural folk in the years to come. Our new Head of Charity will work closely with our staff and our team of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers to ensure that everyone who seeks our help is treated with care, compassion and respect.”

Alison Twiddy said: “I have loved the chance to be involved in shaping this wonderful charity, and particularly working with our volunteers and staff and all our supporters, who have made it such a joy. And the knowledge that together, so many people who have turned to us for help, have found that much needed lifeline, fills me with happiness and pride at what can be achieved with a bunch of people who genuinely care. So, I know I leave LRSN in a good place, as I move on to retire as project manager after our AGM in October.”

LRSN is a well-established charity that provides free and confidential support, help and advice in times of crisis, stress and change. Volunteers are always at the heart of the charity’s service, demonstrating a community investing in itself, and its future. LRSN’s activities include a helpline, one-to-one farm visits, drop-in advice sessions and health screening (Covid-19 restrictions permitting).

Last year, over 160 farming families asked for help and support with a variety of issues from anxiety, stress and relationship problems, through to alcoholism, depression and self-harm, and debt, financial and other farm business and personal issues.

The Head of Charity post is a full-time, home-based position leading LRSN’s team of six full and part-time staff and its team of 33 volunteers who act as trustees, caseworkers, answer the helpline and undertake events, PR and marketing roles.

If you are interested in finding out more about the post and how to apply, please visit the LRSN website, www.lrsn.co.uk and download the candidate briefing pack.

Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 5 March. Longlist interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 15 March and shortlist interviews in the week commencing 22 March.

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