Charity People is thrilled to announce its transition into becoming an employee-owned business. This marks an exciting new chapter for the organisation, where employees become owners, enabling us to enjoy a share of our future success.


Since its foundation over 30 years ago, the employees of Charity People have been at the heart of everything we do. Charity People started from a small South London base, with grants from The Prince’s Youth Business Trust and the London Enterprise Agency. Our aims were then, and still are, to promote the sector as the best to work, to attract the most talented and committed candidates, and to help charities recruit more inclusively and effectively.

By empowering employees to have a stake in the company, we aim to enhance employee engagement, motivation, and overall job satisfaction. As co-owners, our employees will directly benefit from the company’s success through profit-sharing and potential capital appreciation.

This move will allow our employees to become partners in the business and foster a sense of accountability and responsibility, driving higher levels of engagement and dedication to the company’s mission. This new ownership model will also protect our existing high levels of staff retention, ensuring a sense of continuity.

Most importantly, employee ownership preserves our organisation’s culture, values, and legacy. With a focus on inclusivity, all employees will have the opportunity to participate in key decision-making processes, contributing to the overall success and growth of the company.

Nick Billingham, Managing Director of Charity People said:

“Employee Owned businesses are typically more productive, invest more, have greater levels of staff retention and contribute to a fairer economy. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of business for good, and this change in ownership supports that belief.

I am so excited to play my part in leading a team that will be working towards goals that will be rewarded equally. Moreover, I am incredibly excited that our inspirational and impact-driven clients will know when working with us, that all of our staff have the passion and diligence you would expect from a founder/owner”


Neil Hogan, Deputy Managing Director expressed his excitement about the transition, explaining,

“Over the last 14 years, I’ve seen our culture evolve into an entity we’re extremely proud of.  The success of our company has always been propelled by our dedicated employees, and by transitioning to Employee Ownership it reflects our commitment to our people, our culture, and our shared future. We believe that embracing an employee-owned model will protect our unique culture and values while promoting the long-term success and sustainability of Charity People.”

Tiku Van Houtem, Head of Board and Leadership Practice, said:

For me, it’s how purpose and culture are woven into the culture of employee-owned businesses. This move reflects the times we’re living in and we are striving towards being a purpose-led company. It is not just about individual gains; it’s a collective journey toward the common good. We’re all part of this tapestry, fostering a grown-up atmosphere of community and collaboration. Everyone in the company is working towards that common goal, which gives us a greater sense of unity.


David Lale, Founder of Charity People said,

“Having taken a considerable step back from the operational running of Charity People these last few years, I had been seeking a suitable opportunity to exit the business whilst protecting the legacy of the last thirty years, and all that represents for me personally.

Moving to an Employee Ownership model provides just that. I am so delighted to have found a way to facilitate this and know that Charity People will continue to go from strength to strength under the already existing leadership team.”


The move to employee ownership reinforces our commitment to maintaining a positive and collaborative workplace culture, where every team member’s contribution is valued.

We are incredibly excited to see where this next chapter takes Charity People and the journey we will continue with our clients, candidates and the wider community.