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Head of Communications

Head of Communications

​The Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) is seeking a Head of Communications to join its team.

The ROA promotes and protects the interests of racehorse owners in Great Britain. As one of the British Horseracing Authority’s shareholders, the organisation plays a central role in the governance and administration of British Horse racing.

This newly created position, reporting directly to the Chief Executive, will play an integral role in formulating and implementing the communications strategy for the ROA. You will be expected to maintain and develop relationships with all key stakeholders, both internal and external, whilst promoting the benefits of the ROA and ownership to existing and potential owners.

The successful candidate will be a communications generalist, commercially astute with an international outlook and comfortable operating at both a strategic and hands-on level.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead the creation, development and delivery of clear and consistent messaging and content, working collaboratively to align internal and external stakeholders.

  • Manage and work with the Editor of the ROA owned, TOB magazine.

  • Create, implement and manage a proactive PR & Media strategy.

  • Co-ordinate the ROA’s communications, through joint strategic messaging with owners and partners.

  • Develop key messaging that can feed into industry communications campaigns.

  • Represent the views of the ROA at a range of industry meetings and forums.

  • Manage internal communications.

  • Oversee the delivery of the Annual Report and AGM.

  • Lead on policy briefings and consultation responses.

  • Monitor the external environment including general media, parliament and government sources for relevant industry issues and developments.

  • Ensure the brand and tone of voice of the ROA is clearly defined, consistent and protected.

Essential requirements:

  • A minimum of ten years Communications experience across print and digital channels.

  • Experience in developing an overarching communications strategy.

  • Ability to work as a team player in a fast paced politically charged environment.

  • Issue and crisis management experience.

  • A robust outlook and not afraid to challenge the status quo.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate at Board level.

  • Experience of managing a team.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.

If you’re interested in applying for this position or you would like to find out more information, please email: racehorse@vmagroup.com

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