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The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) has a clear and defined vision to fund and support non-animal biomedical research across a wide range of disciplines to advance scientific knowledge for the benefit of human health. The DHT research programme does not simply fund biomedical research projects without the use animals but actively advances non-animal approaches to ensure that the most human relevant results are obtained. We have made enormous progress over the last 40 years, however there is still much to do to meet our objectives.


The DHT Team

Our team is composed of highly knowledgeable, experienced and professional individuals motivated to help us deliver our key aims and to drive our organisation forward. We recruit highly talented individuals who align to our vision and values and are willing to go that extra mile. Our team share a number of attributes irrespective of role, which include: great team working ability, self-motivation, target and delivery focus, pride in delivering high quality work and of course respect and consideration to both humans and animals alike.

Charity shop manager

37 hours per week, Monday-Saturday, exact hours flexible and negotiable
Location: Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Full-time, permanent, starting salary £19,500 pa

The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity. Established in 1970 and based in Hitchin, we are proud of our heritage and the difference we make for both animals and humans.

The DHT will open its first charity shop during the summer of 2015.  Our shop will be a charity shop with a difference as it will only accept and stock goods that are vegan. We need a special shop manager to make the most of this very exciting and unique opportunity.

We are looking for a dynamic individual with proven retail charity experience, who lives and breathes enthusiasm and passion for charity retail. We need someone with excellent leadership skills, who also has the ability to articulate the mission and ideals of the DHT and act as our ambassador. 

The DHT shop manager will:

  • be responsible for the day-to-day management of the shop; generating donations; merchandising; record keeping; cash handling; and crucially recruiting, training, motivating, managing and supporting a team of volunteers.
  • be familiar with generating and processing donated stock.
  • have experience in retail charity management, being able to work under pressure and prioritise a changing workload.
  • have the ability to drive sales and achieve income targets.
  • have experience in using an EPOS system and good computer skills are essential.
  • have a good knowledge of health and safety best practice.
  • be numerate, organised and resourceful in building links/support within the local community.

The ideal applicant will be personable, hands on and committed to achieving the highest retail standards. Good communication and customer service skills are essential.

Job description and person specification

Please send a comprehensive CV and a covering letter explaining why you are the right person to take on this challenge to:

Closing date: 22nd May 2015. Interviews: 28th & 29th May. 

Young trustee vacancy

Unremunerated (expenses paid) 
Meetings are held in Hitchin, Hertfordshire

The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity.  The DHT funds an extensive portfolio of scientific research projects within the UK that focus on replacing the use of animals used in medical research.  Income to fund DHT research is generated almost exclusively by donations and legacies. The board is looking for two new trustees who are aged between 18-25 years and are aligned to the ethos of the DHT.  Candidates who would enjoy the opportunity to contribute their enthusiasm and knowledge, and who feel they could bring a new dimension to our board are encouraged to apply. 

Trustees help to provide the robust and dynamic governance that is needed to ensure the DHT remains on mission and achieves its ambitions to grow the charity. The current board of trustees is particularly keen to ensure the views of those aged between 18-25 years are represented.

In this role, and along with the board of trustees and Senior Management Team, you will help inspire, set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values, as well as developing the strategy, and ensuring compliance and accountability for finance, legal and governmental obligations. Previous experience in a trustee role is not necessary as a full induction will be provided.

Taking on the role of a trustee of the DHT is a significant undertaking.  The board meets at least 4 times per year on Saturdays in March, June, September and December and an appropriate time commitment will be required over the course of the year for the preparative work required in between meetings.

We would like to hear from confident, enthusiastic individuals with a particular interest in communications/social media, animal welfare, biomedical science/research or education.

Two years with the possibility of extension by decision of the trustees.

How to apply
Download the Young Trustee Applicants Pack. Application is by way of an application form and covering letter addressed to Kit Byatt, Chair of Trustees, c/o Kay Miller at the email address below.

Please contact Dr Kay Miller, Group Head of Operations for an informal discussion:

T: 01462 436819. E: 

Closing date: 31st July 2015. Interviews will be held on 5th September 2015.



Have you got some time to spare? Would you like to feel a real sense of achievement, learn new skills and further the work of the Dr Hadwen Trust? If you do, we would like to hear from you whether you are old, young, male or female!

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a very special way of helping us and can be extremely rewarding. Volunteering for the DHT will allow you to gain new skills and experiences, be part of a team, meet inspiring people and help in our pro-active work to save lives, both human and animal. You will make a difference.

Do I need any special skills?

No. Anyone can volunteer. We welcome those with a variety of skills, experience or backgrounds and any amount of time you can give will be appreciated, even if it is only a couple of hours a week.

To find out what you can do, please see get involved.



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