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Head of Projects and Stewardship | Fields in Trust

Are you looking for an opportunity to positively influence the physical and mental wellbeing of communities across the country?

  • Location: Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8LE (with flexible home working and travel)
  • Salary: £55,000, plus benefits

About the role

Fields in Trust champions and supports our parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity. Because once lost, they are lost forever. Parks and green spaces in the UK are under threat and it is up to all of us to stem this cycle of disappearance and decline. Parks and green spaces are proven to help people stay physically and mentally well; places where we can all move, breathe, run and play.

Based in West London, with a dedicated team of 15, Fields in Trust work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.

Following the launch of our new strategy, we have become more data driven to protect parks and green spaces. We will adopt a more evidence driven approach to work with stakeholders to improve health and wellbeing for people through the protection of parks and green spaces. We also want to work more closely with local authorities and central government, to ensure the furtherance of our work and impact.

This is an exciting time to join us. The importance of green spaces and parks for people to stay physically and mentally well as well as driving social cohesion, combatting loneliness and building community spirit has never been higher. We have an important role to play in championing and protecting these spaces and are ambitious to do more.

The Head of Projects and Stewardship is a newly created position. Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will be responsible for co-creating and leading the execution of projects to improve health, wellbeing and the environment through the protection of new parks and green spaces across the UK, alongside the ongoing stewardship requirements of the portfolio of protected spaces. Drawing on the expertise of the wider team to analyse potential impact and fundability you will identify and recommend the most significant engagement opportunities and be adept at realising those in practice and process.

Who we're looking for

You may come with experience and networks with local authorities, or you may have occupied a similar role in a broader project focused role in another charity, health or environmental setting. Whatever your background we are looking for someone with excellent relationship development and management, skills, exceptional programme and project management abilities and a collaborative approach.

We are searching for someone who is a creative and strategic thinker, is solution-focused and capable of delivering the most out of our limited resources. You will be skilled in managing a multi-disciplinary team, possess excellent organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail, and be able to prioritise activities from a range of strategically significant tasks.

This is a role with huge scope and possibility, so we are looking for someone who has the ability to identify opportunities to innovate and improve our process and delivery. As a confident communicator you will play a pivotal role in building connections across the team and develop external stakeholder relationships at local and national level.

More information

If you are interested in a role which will be the catalyst in enabling us to increase our impact and are passionate about the potential of green spaces doing good and being protected for good, we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Friday 19th March 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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A welcome from Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive at Fields in Trust

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in joining Fields in Trust as our new Head of Projects and Stewardship. Over the last year, we have seen just how important parks and green spaces are to our collective wellbeing and how much they are valued by local communities. This, in combination with a policy landscape that is increasing recognising the significant contribution made by parks and green spaces to placemaking, preventative health and mitigating climate change, make this a genuinely exciting time for Fields in Trust to further its objectives across the UK.

Adopting a data and insight driven approach to protecting parks and green spaces in perpetuity is enabling us to focus our work strategically in areas where we can have the most impact. There is an inequity of provision of parks and green spaces and some groups are disproportionately impacted by lack of access to space and their ongoing loss. By working with diverse stakeholders at national, devolved, regional and local level we want to level up the playing field and make sure everyone has access to the health and wellbeing benefits parks and green spaces provide.

As Head of Projects and Stewardship you will play a pivotal role in helping to deliver our strategy by identifying new opportunities for engagement, driving operational efficiencies, and taking an innovative and solution-focused approach to maximising our resources.

We are looking for a creative and strategic thinker who has experience of drawing together a range of stakeholders and managing a multi-disciplinary team. You will need to manage portfolio of priorities, have meticulous attention to detail and be able to manage and mitigate risk in a changing environment.

You will be joining a small team who are passionate about the good that parks and green spaces generate and are proud to work in an organisation with a rich heritage and an outstanding track record for creating lasting legacy.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Helen Griffiths
Chief Executive

About the Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust champions and supports our parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity. Because once lost, they are lost forever.

Parks and green spaces in the UK are under threat and it is up to all of us to stem this cycle of disappearance and decline. We believe that everyone, irrespective of who they are and where they live, should have the right to enjoy and benefit from local parks and green spaces.

Parks and green spaces are proven to help people stay physically and mentally well; places where we can all move, breathe, run and play. They are an important tool to drive social cohesion, combat loneliness and build community spirit.

Fields in Trust is an independent charity with over 90 years’ experience protecting parks and green spaces. We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to champion the value of our parks and green spaces to achieve better protection for their future at both local and national level.

The charity is governed by a Board of 14 Trustees and has Committees in Wales and Scotland representing the devolved nations as well as specific Committees to support organisational functions.

Partnerships

Partnerships with landowners are crucial, Fields in Trust works with nearly 300 local authorities, over 650 town, parish and community councils and over 150 private landowners who have at least one park or green space protected in perpetuity.

We aim to extend this reach further and increase both the number of partnerships we have with landowners and the number of parks and green spaces we protect.

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    Closing date: 9am, Friday 19th March 2021
    First stage interview: Thursday 25th or Friday 26th March 2021
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