Director of Martineau Gardens Vacancy

Caroline Hutton, Director of Martineau Gardens is retiring, in Spring 2018.

Martineau Gardens is recruiting for a new Director.


Position: Director for Martineau Gardens             30 hours a week            Salary: £30,785 pro rata (£24, 628)    Start:  Tuesday 3 April 2018

Location Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG

Applications close: Friday 10 November 2017, 5pm   Application Pack contents: See downloads below

Please send a letter and CV by email to our Chair of Trustees, Sue Roberts – [email protected]

Martineau Gardens is a well established  two and a half acre community garden located in Edgbaston.  We are a relatively small charity with nine staff and an annual budget of circa £150k.  Our gardens are tended by a team of people, most with learning disabilities and mental health issues, who volunteer on our therapeutic horticulture programme.  In addition to being a leader in the field of therapeutic horticulture in Birmingham, we run an education programme for local school children.  We also provide opportunities for young people attending local special schools to work at the gardens.

With an ambitious buildings refurbishment programme underway, this is an exciting time to be joining us.  As our new Director, the Board of Trustees will be looking to you to maximise the potential of these new developments to better help the people who come to us for support, to grow our business, attract new people into our Gardens and to make our beautiful space an even better visitor experience than it is now.

Ideally, you will come with experience of running a charity or small business with an understanding of the challenges that small organisations like ours face.  We are relatively successful in raising funds through grant applications.  We would now like to develop our fundraising strategy further and this will be an early priority for you.  A record of achievement in the field of fundraising could, therefore, be an advantage as could evidence of innovation and entrepreneurial flair. You will understand and be an advocate of ‘green’ issues and will share our values:

  1. Social inclusion, accessibility and a welcoming approach
  2. Environmental sustainability
  3. Integrity: living our values

For an initial conversation about this role please contact Sue Roberts, Chair, on 07753 327821.

Recruitment timetable:

Informal conversation with the current Director, visits to Martineau Gardens and informal conversations with staff and volunteers 17 October to 10 November 2017, by appointment, please telephone Caroline Hutton on 0121 440 7430.

Application deadline: Friday 10 November 2017, 5pm

Interview and presentation: w/c 27 November 2017

Application Pack – downloads:

Director Job Description & Person Spec

Mission,value, objectives

Annual Report 2017

About Us

Films made by Martineau Gardens

In September 2017, we made this 1 minute film about our recent appeal for the Pavilion Refurbishment:

In 2013, NHS Midlands and East commissioned Martineau Gardens to report how the community garden is a model for improving public health and resilience in Birmingham, see the evidence here: