Director of Communications & Public Engagement

We are the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England`s spectacular historic environment. We protect and champion the places that define who we are and where we`ve come from. In this newly shaped role you will lead the strategic approach to regional and national communication. Placing public engagement and audience insight at the heart of all we do, you will be instrumental in fostering partnership working with the creative, cultural and education sectors.

Leading our Public Engagement Group you will be a key member of our Executive Team collaborating with the Chief Executive and colleagues to set our organisation’s objectives. In this exciting and broad role, you will lead our Media, Campaigns, Marketing, Content, Digital, Philanthropy, Imaging, Archive and Education Teams. Your success will be defined by how effectively we are engaging with the public and wider sectors.

You will be a communications strategist, with demonstrable experience of multichannel communications across often sensitive and political issues. You will have a proactive style and be able to inspire with your creative vision. The key will be your ability to deliver results under pressure and where resources are tight. Your experience is likely to include working at a senior level in a complex organisation.

Your contribution in this role will help to shape the future focus of our approach to championing the historic environment in England. We offer a benefits package including a competitive public sector pension scheme and 28 days` annual leave. We are committed to offering flexible employment terms taking account of the advantages of a good work life balance.

This role is being managed by Julia Thomas at our resourcing partner VMA Group, please contact Julia Thomas on jthomas@vmagroup.com for more information or to submit an application. Any direct applications will be forwarded to Julia, interviews will take place on Friday 18th October and Monday 21st October in our London office.

We pride ourselves in creating an inclusive working environment where your individuality will enable us to be successful. We are committed to having a recruitment experience that creates opportunities for all.

Application Assessment Criteria:

Interview dates Friday 18th October and Monday 21st October

  • A communications strategist, with demonstrable experience of multichannel communications across often sensitive and political issues
  • Working at a senior level in a complex organisation
  • Leading diverse teams through transformation and inspiring high performance
  • Delivering outcomes under pressure and tight resources
  • Developing collaborative ways of working


VMAGROUP is a leading international interim and permanent recruitment and executive search specialist for communications, digital and marketing. Specialist practices cover internal and change communications, external communications, investor relations, public affairs, marketing, digital and agency services.

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VMAGROUP is committed to equal opportunities and is a Diversity Pledged Recruiter.