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Programme Director Cumberland Lodge

Exchanging views and inspiring minds. Join Cumberland Lodge in their mission to empower young people to tackle the causes and effects of social division through open dialogue and debate. As their new Programme Director, you will be the creative force for the charity’s new five-year strategy to empower and nurture future thought leaders.

  • Location: Windsor, Berkshire
  • Salary: £60,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 22nd August 2022

Cumberland Lodge is a registered educational and residential charity based in a 17th century, former royal residence in the heart of Windsor Great Park.

Since 1947, we have been breaking down ‘silo thinking’ and building networks with the power to make a difference. We promote thought leadership, collaboration, and fresh ideas that support our vision of a more peaceful, open, and inclusive society.

Cumberland Lodge is renowned for hosting multi-sector conferences, panel discussions and residential retreats that engage people of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives in candid conversations on issues that affect us all.

We are an educational foundation that specialises in working with students across higher education to discuss some of the big issues that are facing society. It is a place for exchanging views and inspiring minds in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Who we're looking for

We are looking to appoint a Programme Director who will lead the Programme Department and oversee the implementation of our new five-year strategy. To clarify and achieve our charitable aims, the new strategy will focus on the development of new partnerships and refocus our role in providing in-depth opportunities for the nurturing of students and young people as ethical thought leaders through innovative engagement activities and events.

The Programme Director, reporting to the Chief Officer, and as part of the senior leadership team, will generate, shape, and deliver a new programme with the support of a newly formed team. With the aim of developing and delivering two fully funded projects each year, the Postholder will also oversee the host of conferences and other events run by Cumberland Lodge every year. Taking a lead on developing relationships with existing partners and establishing new and lasting strategic partnerships that will generate funding for the projects and broaden the reach and impact of Cumberland Lodge’s work will be a priority for the Director.

The Programme Director will manage a team who will support day-to-day activities across conferencing, research and impact, and alumni and event management. The postholder will ensure the team has the right skills and experience to support the work of the Programme Department and achieve ambitious strategic aims to develop these activities and broaden engagement and the impact of this work.

As a member of a small senior leadership team, you will be expected to deputise for the Chief Executive as needed, be on hand to welcome visitors on site, and occasionally visit The Royal Chapel with our residents at weekends.

We are seeking a confident leader, with experience of project or programme management, and either a successful track record in fundraising or securing research grants or other collaborative funding bids, to be our next Programme Director.  You will be able to demonstrate experience of designing cross-sector or inter-disciplinary projects, building beneficial, long-term relationships with stakeholders and/or sponsors, and demonstrate your ability to develop existing or new networks for the benefit of the organisation and the fulfilment of our new five-year strategy.

Candidates must be strategic thinkers, with wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, excellent networking skills, and the confidence to liaise with senior people in public life, academia, business, and other sectors. With our close alignment to higher education through our partnerships and programmes, relevant experience of operating in an academic environment would be very valuable, however what is more important to us is your creativity and your passion for nurturing the future generation of ethical leaders.  You must thrive on using your initiative, being creative and generating ideas to shape into deliverable projects with measurable outcomes. The management and development of the Programme Department is essential to the success of this role, and you must demonstrate your expertise as a competent and inspiring leader, with the ability to provide a strategic and operational steer.

The postholder must be a confident communicator, adept in engaging effectively across all levels, and be a champion of Cumberland Lodge’s mission and activities to a broad range of external stakeholders and partners.

With an annualised hours working pattern and flexibility for occasional hybrid working, we are seeking someone who can commit to working primarily on site at the Cumberland Lodge in the glorious setting of Windsor Great Park. This will include some evening and weekend work, and access to your own vehicle is essential as there is no public transport to the site.

If you would like further information about this wonderful opportunity to make a positive contribution to society, whilst working in the historic and picturesque surroundings of Windsor Great Park, please contact us.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Katie Booth | katie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749956

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Sophie Carney

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Thank you for your interest in the post of Programme Director of Cumberland Lodge.

Cumberland Lodge is a unique institution in a fantastic location. In 1947, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth granted a newly created educational foundation the use of a former Royal residence in the heart of Windsor Great Park. For the past 75 years, we have brought people together in our splendid home to discuss pressing societal and ethical issues. At the heart of our work, we seek to empower young people to become ethically minded thought leaders and changemakers, and, through our conferences and other events, we seek to inform policy and practice in a range of important areas.

The Programme Director will play a key role in leading and delivering this work. This will include implementing an exciting and ambitious development plan, particularly by forging strategic partnerships with significant organisations and funders, where, by working together, we can maximize the potential to provide transformative experiences for participants in our activities and to deliver social impact through our reports and other outputs.

If you think you have the intellectual, entrepreneurial, and organisational skills required for the role, and if you would thrive in an intellectually stimulating organisation with a social purpose, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Canon Dr Edmund Newell

About the Organisation

Founded in the aftermath of World War II with the support of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Cumberland Lodge is an international champion of ethical thought leadership and promotes progress towards more peaceful, open, and inclusive societies. We engage with young adults at a formative point in their lives through fellowships, bursaries, subsidised study retreats, facilitated discussion sessions, conferences and much more. By doing so, we help them to gain the insights, and develop the skills and personal resilience, that they need to approach life’s challenges, seize its opportunities, and work effectively and inclusively, across generations, sectors and academic disciplines.

We embrace the ‘difficult conversations’ and bring an intergenerational, multi-sector, and ethical dimension to all aspects of our work with the model idea of “disagreeing well”.

The inclusive environment of Cumberland Lodge encourages people to openly exchange their views, respect differences, and actively listen to others in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

“The experience taught me how to build a brand-new mindset towards challenging situations. Through deep and open conversations, I have learnt how to unearth the positives and play my part to build up a cohesive and resilient society”

– Aida Maaz, Cumberland Lodge Fellow 2019- 2021 and PhD candidate at the University of Bath.

Visiting organisations and partners include:

  • Runnymede
  • King’s College London
  • British Council
  • The Commonwealth
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • The Tavistock Institute
  • Public Health England

Cross-Sector Conferences

Our renowned conference series is at the heart of the annual programme, empowering people, through inclusive dialogue, to tackle social divisions.

Recent conferences have covered topics ranging from extremism; hate crime; modern slavery; and violence against women; to community resilience; the impacts of ‘difficult histories’ on identities and belonging; the changing world of work as it impacts identity; race and identity in the UK; and ethnic inequalities at work.

Dialogue and Debate Webinars

Cumberland Lodge streams a regular series of interactive webinars on pressing societal and ethical issues that relate to our work on social cohesion.

Launched in January 2020, the Dialogue and Debate Webinars bring the work and ethos of Cumberland Lodge to new audiences online, alongside the regular programme of conferences, panel discussions, and interdisciplinary retreats.

Student Conferences

Every year, Cumberland Lodge delivers two, highly renowned residential conferences for students based at universities across the UK to equip and inspire students and young people to tackle the causes and effects of societal division and to reflect on how they might help to promote progress towards more peaceful, open, and inclusive societies.

One of the conferences is the ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ which brings together doctoral students and early-career researchers, from a wide range of disciplines, to foster collaboration, develop their public engagement skills, and explore the value and potential of academic research.

The second is the Commonwealth and International Student Christmas conference, our longest-standing tradition, having been held most years since 1947. Every December, Cumberland Lodge extends a warm welcome to students from all over the world who are currently studying in the UK, to engage in a programme of thought-provoking and inspiring seminars and workshops, to meet others who are studying away from home, and to experience a traditional British Christmas.

We support other initiatives including:

Informing public opinion and policy action

Ahead of each Cumberland Lodge conference, we commission a freelance Research Associate to present an accessible summary of cross-sector, interdisciplinary research. This briefing document helps to maximise the rigour of conference discussions.

Key learning points and recommendations from the conferences are critiqued and refined at follow-up consultations, held at Cumberland Lodge, involving conference representatives and additional specialists who have significant experience in the field. This process culminates in the publication of a Cumberland Lodge Report, which presents fresh, cross-sector and interdisciplinary insights into best practice and options for implementing positive change. These reports are launched in Central London, and shared widely, including with the general public, the media, parliamentarians and policymakers, frontline community leaders and practitioners, students and academics.

Cumberland Lodge publishes the research, reports, and other digital resources online, via our website.

Additional Documents


At Cumberland Lodge we have catered for people of all ages and with varied access and mobility needs, however as Cumberland Lodge was built in 1652 it is unfortunately unable to accommodate all accessibility and mobility needs.

There are two designated disabled parking spaces directly next to the main entrance. There are three main buildings on the Cumberland Lodge Campus – the Lodge, the Mews and Groom’s House. None of our buildings have steps at the entrance but there is a small threshold to cross at the main entrance to the Lodge. Groom’s House and The Mews have 3 powered door openers. Access to all buildings is by electronic proximity card (also coded to open your bedroom door if staying overnight). There is a lift in the main Lodge building only and all buildings are on two or more floors.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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