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Head of Capital Development


UK / Greater London

Estates & Facilities Management



Ben Duffill
07976 125 010

Specialising solely in recruitment management consultancy at middle to senior and executive management level, Ben has successfully planned and executed recruitment campaigns across the higher education, scientific research, local and central government, NHS, public landmark attractions,


Job Description

REF: 16808
Posted: 11 April 2022
Closes: 08 May 2022

The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) is the UK’s leading family of independent girls’ schools. We educate approximately 19,000 pupils across 23 GDST schools and 2 academies throughout England and Wales. With an annual turnover in excess of £200m, the GDST employs 3,500 staff across the schools and at the Trust Office based in Victoria, Central London.

The Estates Team acts on behalf of the Trust to manage all property related matters to ensure the Trust’s interests and its Estate are developed and maintained to agreed standards.

Reporting to the Director of Estates, the Head of Capital Development leads the realisation of the Trust’s capital programme, with responsibility for leading a team to deliver a circa £30m a year portfolio of new-build, redevelopment and refurbishment projects.

As a member of the Estates SLT, this role will be one of the key people responsible for evolving the wider strategic estates strategy across all 25 schools, as well as contributing to the continuous improvement of all estates related matters.

The successful candidate will have proven experience in a construction and property project and programme management role, with a track record of leading a team of project managers to deliver a multi-faceted capital programme. You will have strong reporting and presentation skills and experience of procurement and supply chain management in the construction and property industry.

The role calls for an individual with a proactive and highly motivated disposition and who will embrace the exciting challenge of leading a capital programme across a diverse education estate portfolio. You will be a collaborative team player who works positively with Trust stakeholders in the realisation of transformative estate capital projects.

The GDST offers a range of excellent benefits including generous pension and annual leave entitlements, significant fee remission, a range of wellbeing, professional development and financial benefits together with a flexible, progressive and inspiring working environment.

The candidate brochure can be viewed at

For a briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( and Nick Coppard ( at MRG on 0203 962 9900. Applications should be sent to and

Closing date for applications is 8th May 2022.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

GDST - Head of Capital Development