Marlijn Wijkhuizen

Marlijn Wijkhuizen has many years of experience of working in the not for profit sector, designing and heading a variety of successful corporate and community partnerships programmes, as well as driving high-level, strategic volunteer support to charities and social enterprises.

She is a knowledgeable consultant with over 10 years of experience forging successful partnerships with a large portfolio of clients. She currently leads on our work on board and leadership recruitment for social sector clients, and supports our funds services, such as the Reaching Communities Fund. Marlijn has recently supported large social sector organisations and membership organisations to find excellent Chairpersons, Trustees, Chief Executives and senior service leaders.

Prior to working for Eastside Primetimers, Marlijn developed her expertise advising private sector clients on how to maximise the impact of their community investment activities.

In her 6 years working for Pilotlight, Marlijn recruited hundreds of senior business and Third Sector volunteers and matched their expertise and skills with small to medium-sized charities who were likely to benefit from their strategic support. Careful management of executive volunteer recruitment allowed hundreds of partner charities to significantly strengthen their organisations and, ultimately, have much greater impact.

Key skills & experience

  • Board, interim and permanent recruitment
  • Relationship building
  • Business development
  • Recruitment and management
  • Fundraising and philanthropy


Recent projects

Marlijn recently led the development of the business strategy for an innovative digital social enterprise, including business development and fundraising strategies.

Bowel Research UK“Our new chair of the finance committee is proving a great find and I would like to thank Marlijn Wijkhuizen and the team at Eastside Primetimers for finding the candidates and guiding us through the process. It is unlikely that we would have found such a highly-qualified and committed individual who is passionate about what we do – it was definitely worth every penny and has given me a very different perspective on recruiting trustees” Charles Mesquita, Trustee
NOAH Enterprise“Eastside Primetimers recruitment consultant Marlijn Wijkhuizen was critical to helping us finding two new fundraising and HR trustees for our board, with a real dedication to work we do combatting poverty and homelessness, and did so at a time of growth and change for our organisation. I would thoroughly recommend this service” David Morris, Chief Executive Officer
River and Rowing Museum“EP’s help in recruiting new trustees for The River and Rowing Museum was invaluable; testing (and improving) the trustee specification, identifying strong candidates and managing the process efficiently.  I recommend them!” Howard Jacobs, Vice Chairperson
Scleroderma and Raynaud's UK (SRUK)“Excellent service, very much tailored to our needs and not the usual one-size-fits-all approach. I would highly recommend Eastside Primetimers’ recruitment service to others and in fact have already done so” Sue Farrington, Chief Executive

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