Group Head of News

London (Central), London (Greater)
circa £80,000.00
30 Aug 2017
25 Sep 2017
155123 / 930231
Contract Type
Full Time


Circa £80,000

This is an exciting opportunity to take on a key leadership role in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as it responds to EU exit under the leadership of the Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Defra has a vital role in ensuring a successful exit from the EU as we leave the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy, and take back control of environmental policy – major areas of work that will require significant contributions from an experienced communicator and leader.

The Defra group is responsible for a vast range of issues and in some way, everyone is affected by our work.  From farming, to fishing, to flood protection - we are at the forefront of dealing with a vast range of issues that people care about and that grab media attention.

The work will range from fast-moving incident communications during flooding and animal or plant health outbreaks, to explaining Defra group policy priorities such improving the environment we are handing on to the next generation and shaping new agricultural and fisheries policies. This work is vital to the UK economy and society and is global in its reach. 

We are now recruiting a Group Head of News. In this role, you will work closely with the Secretary of State and Defra group CEOs and leaders as they deliver a challenging set of priorities.  Covering all aspects of media engagement across the Defra group of organisations this role is the first of its kind in government. There is no doubt this role is challenging, but it is also uniquely rewarding.

We seek an exceptional senior communicator, who will lead an efficient and effective media team that has significant impact.  You are already a proven senior media operator, with a track record of operating successfully in a complex, fast-moving environment. You will have a passion for public service, strong leadership skills and the ability to carefully manage the reputation of an organisation under public scrutiny. The ability to command the confidence of very senior stakeholders, outstanding political awareness and strong communication and influencing skills are also essential for this role.

To learn more please see the full information pack at quoting reference 930231.  For a confidential discussion, contact our advising consultants Nataliya Starik-Bludova on 020 7932 4265 or James Greengrass on 020 7932 4286.

Closing date is noon on Monday, 25th September 2017