Head of External Affairs

Buckinghamshire Council
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
£87,826- £92,329

Buckinghamshire Council is a new unitary authority that brings together the best of the previous five councils to create positive change for local people, communities and businesses. Following a decision to merge the five former local authorities across Buckinghamshire – Aylesbury Vale District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Chiltern District Council, South Bucks District Council and Wycombe District Council – the new authority was created on 1st April 2020. We are firmly focused on the future and have made a clear commitment to serve residents better and to provide stronger representation for Buckinghamshire, both locally and nationally.

The Role

As a new unitary authority, Buckinghamshire Council has the chance to do things differently and forge its own approach, in order to create positive change for the residents, communities and businesses of Buckinghamshire.

Our work matters, and we are proud of our ambitious and collaborative culture, but we also know we could do more to raise our profile and form strategic relationships with key decision makers. As a result, we have created this brand new role, reporting to the Service Director for Policy and Communications, which will be responsible for setting up and developing our External Affairs function. Working closely with Members and senior officers, you will lobby government and relevant bodies, liaising with communications and engagement colleagues to promote the work of the council, monitor and report back on the big political and legislative developments, organise and attend key events, and develop strong and robust networks across sectors.

This is a hugely exciting opportunity to not only shape a new function but play a lead role at the heart of one of the country’s most ambitious and dynamic local authorities. We are therefore seeking exceptional candidates who understand what it takes to create a world class reputation, form meaningful relationships at the highest levels, and exert influence across a variety of sectors and bodies.


Download the candidate pack and role profile below to find out about the role. For an informal discussion please contact Luke Judd at Starfish on 07435 270659 or via luke.judd@starfishsearch.com