Director of Development and Corporate Partnerships

Royal Horticultural Society
circa. £130,0000

As a charity, we are here to inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital role that plants play in our environment. Our horticultural science, gardens and flower shows are recognised around the world. As we face some of the most significant challenges of our times – environmentally, societally and economically – plants will continue to provide solutions and at the RHS, we have an important role to play in enabling communities to thrive and in benefitting our planet.


As our Director of Development and Corporate Partnerships, you will shape our income and stakeholder engagement strategy ensuring that we diversify and grow sustainable forms of funding and increase awareness of and engagement with the charity. We want to deliver a step change in our corporate and sponsorship partnerships, including those around key events such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and grow support for a number of key capital projects that will be important cornerstones in the realisation of our strategy.

We are looking for a visionary and engaging leader with the strategic capability to embrace a new Group that brings together philanthropic giving, corporate partnerships and sponsorship, legacies, individual giving and major grants and our stakeholder events.

You will bring exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong relationships across a broad stakeholder map including major donors, corporates, trusts and foundations, other key supporters and partners, and at all levels of our organisation. Already operating at a senior level, you will bring passion and energy with experience of leading and inspiring high performing teams and share a strong commitment to our work, to our values and to our Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) principles. 

We are actively encouraging applications from people of all backgrounds. If you believe you offer the skills and qualities we are seeking and are motivated by our vision to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place, we very much look forward to hearing from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.