Chief of Staff

The National Lottery Community Fund
UK-based, London preferred.
£69,953 - £96,690 rest of UK | £76,273 and £103,717 London

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest single source of funding for community activities in the UK. We’re One Fund based in communities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and our work reflects the diversity of the UK. We support activities that create resilient communities that are more inclusive and environmentally sustainable – activities that will strengthen society and improve lives. We fund communities across the UK and will award over £4 billion by 2030. We receive and award 40% of The National Lottery’s good causes income and determine our yearly investment budgets based on the amount raised by National Lottery players across the UK. We’re here to support and enable communities to connect, build relationships and take action on the things that matter most to them.


We are now seeking a Chief of Staff – a newly formed, critical role supporting the Chief Executive and wider organisation in the delivery of The National Lottery Community Fund’s ‘It starts with community’ strategy to 2030. This is an exciting, demanding and varied role at a time of optimistic change and growth as we deliver our ambitious new strategy. As Chief of Staff the role incorporates responsibility for the Governance and Legal Group as part of its remit which as Deputy Director you will lead and oversee.

As Chief of Staff, you will enable the Fund to drive forward its strategy, corporate plan and organisational priorities on behalf of the CEO, Board, and Senior Management Team, understanding and navigating the complexity of our internal landscape and the external environment we inhabit. You will support the CEO driving accountability for delivery in an enhanced performance culture, lead strategic and tactical problem solving, and support and enhance positive team dynamics. You will lead special projects on behalf of the CEO, and support high quality governance and decision making. As Deputy Director for Governance and Legal Group, you will lead the professional service delivery and development of a cohesive team across these vital enabling functions. 

You might already have served as a Senior / Principal Private Secretary in a government department or public body, in a similar cross-cutting organisational capacity in a funder, charity, or social purpose organisation, or in a corporate sector. Wherever you are, you will have the capability to build personal credibility quickly; you will be someone who has well-prioritised, standard-setting approaches to delivery, with highly developed influencing skills, sharp attention to detail and the capacity to handle competing priorities, in breadth and volume. You will drive transformation and thrive in it, with both a strategic and tactical mindset. 

Finally, guiding and shaping our discussions on governance and regulatory matters will require you to be highly effective as a trusted advisor to the CEO and Board. As such, you will be an individual who brings stature, maturity and sound judgement to the role and who is known for operating with insight, discretion and positive personal impact. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

Your CV (no more than three sides).

A supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria.

Closing date
Friday 17th May 2024

Preliminary interviews
Monday 27th May and Monday 3rd June 2024

Final Panel interviews
Tuesday 18th June 2024