Head of News

Swindon, Wiltshire
£65,000 pa
26 Nov 2018
09 Dec 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Ref: IRC72223


The National Trust’s public profile has arguably never been higher. We now have more members than at any time during our history, along with record numbers of visitors. As our profile has risen, so too has the level of interest and scrutiny in what we do and why we do it.

We’re rarely out of the headlines and as one of the biggest and best known charities in the country, almost everyone will have a view on some aspect of what the Trust does. That’s why we need someone who will help us communicate our story in a clear, consistent and compelling way to a broad range of audiences.

Internally this role will be known as Head of External Communications


What it's like to work here

This role and the Corporate Communications team are based in our head office in Swindon, as such you will need to be in Swindon a minimum of three days per week. The remaining days can be based from our offices in London (SW1) or working remotely.

We provide the best possible working environment for you throughout the building whilst also promoting and fostering a sociable Heelis Community. Do great things for us and we’ll do great things for you and your career.

Heelis is the Central Office for the National Trust; it was named after one of the Trust’s biggest benefactors Mrs William Heelis. There are approximately 700 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General, are based here.

Heelis was designed to be highly sustainable and has won a number of nationally recognised awards. Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects in 2005, this architectural gem uses timber from our woodlands and wool from Herdwick sheep grazed on Trust farmlands, to help make Heelis a unique working environment.


What you'll be doing

The National Trust has lots of great stories to tell and we need someone to lead a small, expert team in identifying the ones that bring our organisation’s purpose to life and resonate with the national media and the public.

The Head of News is a high-profile and pivotal role within the organisation and we need someone who will win the confidence of our senior leaders and have great contacts across the diverse media organisations we deal with on a day to day basis. We need someone who is creative, understands the changing media landscape and the role of professional communicators within it.

The Head of News leads a team who are the eyes and ears of the organisation, spotting opportunities, leading dynamic campaigns and advising colleagues on communications opportunities and challenges. A key role in the corporate communications team, the Head of News will also provide professional leadership to our regional network.

If you have strong influencing skills, are great at leading teams and juggling multiple priorities, and have an excellent eye for a story, then this is the job for you.


Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role we require a dynamic, experienced media professional who embraces the fast-paced environment of a complex, high profile organisation. We need someone who can think strategically about how we influence while also managing the risks and day-to-day challenges associated with such a large charity.

•Substantial experience of and proven ability in a journalism, newsroom or PR environment and a deep understanding of those disciplines

•Experience in leading teams and managing people

•Significant experience advising senior leaders

•Strong stakeholder relationship management skills

•Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines


The package

Looking after you

•Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents

•Pension contribution match up to 10%

•EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing

•Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country


Looking after your career

•Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust

•Develop your skills with an internal secondment

•Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression

•Income protection due to illness


Unique to Us

•Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK

•Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

•20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets

•Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking