Director of Learning and Public Engagement

Royal Horticultural Society
circa. £110,0000

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 Learning and Public Engagement, you will be right at the heart of our new strategy, transforming the way in which we engage with our audiences leading across our professional training and school education programmes, off-site learning activities, community partnerships and developing public engagement opportunities across all our sites and beyond.

We are looking for a creative leader who can inspire and integrate a newly formed Group that will extend our reach and impact to new levels. Leading across our education and learning activity, providing opportunities for both professional and amateur gardeners, and all of our Community Outreach activity, taking us far beyond the physical boundaries of our sites to create new and impactful partnerships and develop an ambitious and innovative engagement strategy that harnesses the breadth of what we do.

You will be a strategic thinker who brings deep knowledge and experience of engaging a wide range of professional and public audiences with a strong track record of shaping innovative engagement programmes across a range of platforms. Collaborative in you approach, you will bring the skills to lead through influence across our organisation, bringing people with you internally and externally to build strong and effective partnerships. Already operating at a senior level, you will bring passion and energy with experience of leading and inspiring high performing teams and demonstrate 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.