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Recruitment initiative matches Trustees to Charities

Recruitment initiative matches Trustees to Charities

People Unlimited working with Legal & General on Trusteeship Programme

London, 5 May, 2010 – Not-for-profit recruitment specialist, People Unlimited, is working with FTSE 100 financial services provider, Legal & General, to place ten senior management leaders in charity trusteeships. Board trusteeships provide vital skills, influence and ./guidance to a charity, drawing on their experience in the private sector and using their own network to contribute strategically and practically to the charity’s cause.

Keen to encourage their managers to use their talents to benefit society while further developing their leadership skills, Legal & General has joined forces with People Unlimited to devise a programme to match senior Legal & General managers with charities. The project shows how a private sector business can combine its corporate social responsibility and talent management strategies to benefit the public sector and the individual senior managers. The senior managers, participating out of personal choice, will be given time off their current jobs at Legal & General to attend charity board and sub-committee meetings. The charity, in turn, will be supported by People Unlimited’s Trustee Recruitment Team, providing recruitment services as well as governance and recruitment workshops, funded by Legal & General.

“This will be a long-term and far-reaching project that will impact charities, their beneficiaries and the individual trustees,” said People Unlimited Chairman, David Lale. “Legal & General is investing in the recruitment process and supporting the individual managers with the time they need to contribute positively to a charity for long-term benefit.”

The innovative programme will:

engage skilled senior managers from technical and commercial backgrounds with charities

help charities develop meaningful relationships with Legal & General, a top financial institution with a long history of commitment to the charity sector

provide tailor-made workshops for charities to ensure readiness to recruit and induct new trustees

“We are pleased that this exciting new scheme will allow us to provide development for some of our most talented people whilst also benefiting the third sector. We have broken away from the traditional Non Executive development route for managers in the FTSE 350 and created a scheme that benefits individuals, the sector and society as a whole” – said Graham Precey, Head of CSR, Legal & General Group Plc.

Charities that are looking for talented managers to sit on their Board of Trustees should contact Catherine Whitmore, Head of Trustee Recruitment at People Unlimited on 020 7939 7436 or email cathyw@peopleunlimited.co.uk

Participating charities will need to have the mechanisms in place to offer a trusteeship to a Legal & General employee by the end of July 2010, have sub-committee meetings at least once every quarter and be registered with the Charities Commission before the end of April 2010.

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About People Unlimited

People Unlimited is an award-winning recruitment business, specialising in the not-for-profit sector with expert services that focus on careers in charities and fundraising; health and social care; housing; arts and media; and the green sector. Since 1990, when the company started as Charity People, People Unlimited has grown to become an industry figurehead and a trusted partner to the not-for-profit sector. Drawing on experience and insight of staffing, recruitment, career development and resourcing, People Unlimited has helped over 30,000 people find work with value-led organisations. People Unlimited helps clients plan and fulfill their staffing needs in the most cost effective and efficient way. Equally well placed to identify hard-to-find specialists or recruit large numbers of staff, People Unlimited has long-term client relationships with organisations that range from Royal Opera House, NSPCC, Big Issue, Shepherds Bush Housing Association to Cancer Research UK.

People Unlimited’s wider purpose is to raise the profile of the sector as a great place to work. People Unlimited is the organisation behind the UK’s largest not-for-profit recruitment event, forum3, now in its tenth year. For the last three years, People Unlimited has been the driving force behind the ‘Alternative Rich List’ campaign – to recognise those people who are wealthy in terms of life experience and what they give back to the community.

The next forum3 event will be held on 24-25th September 2010 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. To find out more, please visit http://www.forum3.co.uk

For more information about People Unlimited visit www.peopleunlimited.co.uk

About Legal & General

The Legal & General Group, established in 1836, is one of the UK’s leading financial services companies. As at 31 December 2009, we were responsible for investing £334 billion worldwide on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders. We have over 7 million customers in the UK for our life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans.

For further details or to request an interview, contact:

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