Could you lead the development and delivery of a fundraising strategy, have a lasting impact on the issues surrounding gambling-related harm and play a leading role in preventing the unnecessary loss of young lives?

  • Location: Flexible with the offer of a budget to pay for a hot desk in a convenient location or to work from a current office location in London or Manchester.
  • Salary: £45,000-£55,000

Appointment of a Head of Fundraising

Gambling with Lives (GwL) has had a remarkable impact on the discourse surrounding the risks of gambling since it was established in 2018. Prior to GwL’s contribution there was little to no mainstream recognition of the link between gambling and suicide. The charity’s founders have become central to the case for gambling reform and were instrumental in campaigning for the review of gambling legislation in the UK which was announced at the end of 2020.

The campaign and the charity’s broader development are now at a critical and exciting juncture, which makes the role of Head of Fundraising a fantastic opportunity.

The purpose of this newly created role is to develop and deliver a fundraising strategy for the long-term sustainability of the charity which will allow it to grow its impact through the campaign for change and through the development of its programmes across areas including family support, research, education and treatment.

The financial position of the charity is strong, having received a significant donation in lieu of a regulatory settlement (fine) levied against a gambling operator in 2020, however the ambitions of the charity are such that new and sustainable income is required. The challenge for the successful candidate will be to find and develop sources of income that are free from the influence of the gambling industry. One of GwL’s values is independence from the gambling industry which it will resolutely defend and promote in others.

The work of developing the strategy will involve scanning the funding landscape to find sources of income that fit the charity’s values, goals and ambitions. The charity’s leadership believe these will likely lie within corporate giving as well as trusts and foundations with interests in the charity’s programmes (mental health, family support, research, education and treatment).

We are looking for someone with a significant track record of raising funds from multiple income streams, including government and public bodies, high net worth individuals, corporates and trusts, foundations or other funding bodies as well as experience of growing and developing an organisation’s fundraising and income generation capability.  The role holder will work as part of a senior management team and will become an important advocate in their own right. They will take a leadership role in steering the charity’s strategy and development.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a start-up environment, and to create a role with the backing of a charity that has substantial resources for its stage of development. We are looking for a Head of Fundraising who shares GwL’s passion and determination for the work they are doing. If you want to play a leading part in shaping the future of GwL, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

How to apply

Eastside Primetimers is supporting us in recruiting for this role. Please download the candidate information pack for further information before you apply. Application is by CV and a covering letter which should indicate why you are interested in applying for the role and how you meet the role requirements.  The role is permanent and ideally full time, however flexible and part-time working will be considered for the right candidate.  Please send applications to  If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Paul Venning to arrange a convenient time.

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential; please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can help with making the application process work for you.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th August but applications will be considered as they come in so please do apply at your earliest convenience.  Interviews will take place through August.

We would look favourably upon candidates who are experts by experience of either gambling related harm or suicide.  GwL is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity to ensure that we reflect the full breadth of the people we aim to support. We warmly welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

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