Director of External Affairs


We have a great story to tell. You’ll ensure that it’s heard.

You’ll develop and implement a comprehensive public affairs strategy that will amplify our voice and bolster our reputation with influential stakeholders. By establishing the right networks you will help to enhance awareness and understanding of our work, ensuring that our successes are shared and that our priorities are known and supported by those who can influence and advocate on our behalf.

It’s a role that will see you working closely with local and national politicians, and senior leaders in a range of settings. The ability to foster strong working relationships and quickly establish professional confidence will be vital. And you’ll need to demonstrate a good awareness of how to evaluate performance in a public affairs context.

We expect that you’ll already have significant experience of leading public affairs activities, and your background could be in the private or public sector. You’ll be confident working with complex subject matter and tailoring it to different audiences. You’ll bring a keen awareness of organisational and reputational risk and a nuanced appreciation of how to combine different perspectives and agendas into common messages.

We expect that you’ll already have established networks of relevance to our work, and a proven track record of partnership working and establishing new connections in support of your work. And it’s important that you can negotiate and influence successfully, creating a clear sense of purpose that others can get behind.


  • This post could be offered as a secondment, fixed-term or permanent opportunity. Please indicate your preference in your application.