Director of Engagement and Fundraising

Diabetes UK
London with flexible working
Up to £105,000

We are Diabetes UK. Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. 4.8 million people are living with diabetes in the UK, and we fight to get everyone the care they need wherever they live – including diabetes tech free on prescription. We are the UK’s leading charitable funder of diabetes research. We improve lives through pioneering research into all forms of diabetes and diabetes-related complications. The work we support helps us understand the causes of diabetes, bring about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention and bring us closer to a cure. In 2019 we invested over £6.8 million in diabetes research and agreed to support 35 new studies.

The Role

Now is a very exciting time to join our executive leadership team and make your mark within the organisation and with our key stakeholders. We need a strategic, ambitious and experienced leader with a strong track record of driving income growth and engagement and who can spot and maximise opportunities to raise our profile even further and engage with the millions of people unaware of the potentially devastating impact of diabetes.

Through your leadership of the Engagement and Fundraising directorate, you will drive the charity’s growth, which will allow us to increase our impact for people affected by diabetes. This will include significantly growing the number of people we engage with and the income we raise. You will play a role in leading the charity as a member of the Executive Team and you will co-lead the Fighting Diabetes with You outcome driver of our current strategy.

You will be leading our largest, integrated directorate, encompassing fundraising, engagement, marketing and communications, and to succeed in the role you will be a truly collaborative, visible and enabling leader who demonstrates a long term, joined up approach to engagement and who can energise and develop teams and build on the gains we’ve already made. You will be someone who always sets the bar high and has experience of driving and delivering change and in turn will support and influence the organisation to ensure our ambitions are realised.


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