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Head of Policy and Influencing

We are looking for a Head of Policy and Influencing to lead the development of strategy for influencing and our external engagement in Westminster.





Closing date

22 August 2022

Interview dates

1st interview w/c 29 August

2nd interview w/c 5th September


We’re looking for a Head of Policy and Influencing to help us achieve our ambition to improve urban health in the UK and beyond. 

Policy and Influencing is a fast-developing function at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation, established to turbo-charge our influence on decision-making to improve urban health and health inequity. Working across the organisation – in particular with colleagues leading our urban health programmes – the Policy and Influencing function uses the insight generated by our programmes to build our networks, raise the profile of the issues we work on and influence policy development.  

We are looking for an experienced policy and public affairs professional to lead the development of strategy for influencing on our Impact on Urban Health programmes, and our external engagement in Westminster. With responsibility for our overarching influencing activity on issues relating to urban health and health equity, you will work with a small team of Policy and Influencing Managers to develop clear and impactful strategies for each of our programmes.  

The Head of Policy and Influencing will also take responsibility for the organisation’s Parliamentary and Government engagement across all our issue areas, supporting colleagues to build our stakeholder networks and influence decision making. You’ll work closely with the Policy and Influencing Managers to ensure colleagues are well briefed and supported in their stakeholder engagement.  

We are looking for someone who enjoys testing new ways of working as we explore how we can best achieve impact, whether acting alone or with our partner organisations: this is a rare opportunity to work in a genuinely innovative organisation that is able to test new approaches and is willing to take risks. You will provide senior advice to Programme team colleagues and help broker investment partnerships with a particular influencing focus, taking the lead on investment partnerships with a particular influencing focus. 

You’ll be excited by the opportunity to work at an organisation that prioritises diversity, equity and inclusion in all we do, whether in term of the impact we seek to have in the external world on health equity, but also in the ways we work. As Head of Policy and Influencing, this will testing and learning different routes to ensuring our policy and influencing activity is as equitable and inclusive as possible and supporting our cross-organisational work on diversity, equity and inclusion. 

You will be a team player, who enjoys working in a matrix across multiple teams within the organisation, deputising for the Policy and Influencing Director where appropriate. There is a strong external facing focus to this role, and the Head of Policy and Influencing will relish the challenge of building our policy and influencing networks and skilled at spotting opportunities for collaboration with other organisations from all sectors.  

About us

Impact on Urban Health is part of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation. Our collective mission is to build the foundations of a healthier society.

At Impact on Urban Health, we’re committed to achieving health equity by helping urban areas become healthier places for everyone to live. We take a place-based approach to improving urban health. This helps us understand how the local environment affects people’s health and to find solutions that work in practice.

The south London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark have been our home for over five centuries. It is here that we work with organisations, groups and individuals – local, national and international – who are committed to achieving health equity in inner-city areas.

To drive better health in cities, we pay particular attention to the context in which people live and the wider determinants of their health, from finance and employment, to access to nutritious food and air quality.

We have four programmes that each focus on one of the following health issues:

  • childhood obesity
  • multiple long-term conditions
  • the health effects of air pollution
  • children’s mental health

We also have a research and development team that works across our programmes.

Job description 

Key responsibilities

  • Developing and delivering our parliamentary and government engagement strategies across all our issue areas 
  • Provide strategic oversight of Programmatic influencing strategies developed by Policy and Influencing Managers, ensuring a coherent and complementary approach across all programmes 
  • Lead on our cross-programme urban health influencing strategy 
  • Providing high level strategic advice to Programme Directors and Portfolio Managers on programmatic influencing strategies and the development of influencing partnerships 
  • Developing and maintaining a broad range of stakeholder relationships with a view to creating opportunities for us to partner on our influencing work and acting as a spokesperson for our work at external events 
  • Supporting senior leadership with stakeholder engagement 
  • Oversight for budgets for our Programmatic policy and influencing work 
  • Deputising for the Policy and Influencing Director as required  
  • Line management of the Policy and Influencing Associate role as required 
  • Bringing a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to all our policy and influencing activity, and supporting cross-organisational work on diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Person specification 

Skills and experience

  • Significant experience working in public affairs and policy in a UK setting, with demonstrable impact on policy making in Westminster Parliament and/or the devolved administrations.  
  • Experience leading teams to deliver against impactful influencing strategies.  
  • Experience working across a broad policy brief, and the ability to develop expertise and familiarity with different policy areas quickly. 
  • Experience developing and managing budgets.  

Knowledge and qualifications

  • In depth understanding of the UK political environment and operation of Government.  
  • Expertise in public policy, ideally in issues relating to health equity or social justice.  

Abilities and attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills at all levels.  
  • Enjoys working in places with a clear and ambitious mission, a matrix structure and ways of working that challenge the norm.

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