Executive Director of Development

£130,000 per annum

Our mission at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst throughout our 250-year history is to understand and protect plants and fungi, for the wellbeing of people and the future of all life on Earth. Yet that life is in crisis. The unprecedented rate of degradation means we are living through an age of extinction, but we know the next decade is critical to reverse this trend. Our aspiration is to end the extinction crisis and help create a world where nature is protected, valued and managed sustainably. We lead by example and are advocates for environmental responsibility, using our voice to call for an end to biodiversity loss and for natural habitats to be restored. In March 2021, we launched our 10-year strategy to deliver our mission to protect plants and fungi for the future of all life on Earth. To deliver our mission, we have five priorities. These commitments are based on how we believe we can best deploy our expertise and other assets to make a distinctive and substantial contribution to tackling global challenges. We will work with the governments in the UK and around the world to shape and support global work to protect nature. Time is running out. We must stop biodiversity loss - RBG Kew will use all its resources to overcome this global emergency.


We are now seeking an Executive Director of Development to help us fund this critical mission. This is a compelling opportunity for a visionary and engaging fundraising professional to implement a campaign that will impact and influence the future of one of the most urgent challenges of our time. 

Already operating at a senior level, you will bring a strong track record in delivering growth in fundraised income, ideally with experience of delivering a successful and significant campaign. Importantly, you will also demonstrate tangible passion for the work of RBG Kew and understand the complexity of our work, with the ability to represent Kew at the highest levels nationally and internationally and articulate our purpose and influence powerfully, persuasively and dynamically.

Strategic and collaborative in your approach, you will bring proven experience of developing and managing bespoke, complex and nuanced relationships with major donors and other senior stakeholders. With high levels of emotional intelligence and maturity of judgement, you will bring excellent people management skills and the ability work effectively with the highly talented professionals at RBG Kew. With a flexible and entrepreneurial approach, you are someone who will spot opportunities for us; creative in your thinking but with an approach that is backed by rigour and evidence for change.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.