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Mar 12, 2020

Expired on: Mar 29, 2020

We present an exciting opportunity to join the England Senior Management Team at The National Lottery Community Fund.

About the Organisation

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life. We support a wide range of health, educational, environmental, and charitable projects with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multimillion-pound programmes. 86% of our new grants were for less than £10k.


We are a distributor of National Lottery funding, established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament. The Chief Executive, as Accounting Officer, is accountable to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for the Fund’s overall performance, whilst high-level policy directions are set by each of the four UK nations.

In January 2019 the Big Lottery Fund became known as The National Lottery Community Fund. This new brand name clearly shows what we do and who we do it for, positioning us as part of The National Lottery family.


As part of our transformation to working more closely to the communities we support, we have created 6 regional teams across England, run out of 6 regional offices: London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds and Exeter. Team members are dispersed, based in their local communities. The regional teams are mainly responsible for awarding and managing our grants over £10,000, but, crucially, are also responsible for developing the local understanding and local connections that will enable us to ensure that our funding makes the most difference to local people and communities.

Relationships are at the core of the way the regional teams work; relationships with applicants, grant holders, other funders, local decision-makers and other stakeholders and, of course, the local community. Our local ways of working need to respond to the local context but remain sufficiently consistent across our organisation – we are all part of the National Lottery Community Fund and our core goals and principles need to transpire in whatever we do, wherever we do it.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the England Senior Management Team and to lead our responsive funding across our 6 regions. Our regions span a diverse and complex geography and our grant portfolio reflects this, with awards from £10.000 over a few months to multi-million over a number of years across a wide variety of themes. As a generalist funder aiming to respond to what matters to communities we have, within our framework, the flexibility to fund a wide range of projects and organisations; we are present in almost all communities across England and our funding supports communities to address almost all of what matters to them today.

The aim of the role is to maximise the impact of our funding and lead the strategic direction and management of our regional grant portfolio. You will be accountable for all aspects of strategic and operational management, including development of funding priorities, management of our grant budget, operational excellence, staff support and development and key stakeholder management. With the regional teams and our new ways of working embedding and a new grant-making system in place.

Working with the 6 Heads of Region who report into you, you will ensure a level of consistency in the ways of working across the regions so that our customers and staff enjoy a unifying National Lottery Community Fund experience, while allowing flexibility where appropriate to recognise local differences.

You will be a key member of the England Senior Management Team, maintaining strong relationships with other members of the ESMT as well as with colleagues in other country portfolios and in the corporate support teams (specifically the Insight and Engagement Team and product development team); this role cannot function in isolation and we need to ensure alignment, not only across England, but also across the Fund as a whole.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about making a difference through our funding, with a deep understanding of the communities we serve. You will have experience of building and leading teams and driving a high-performance culture through your ability to coach, inspire, and empower people. Your ability to build and maintain excellent relationships with a range of senior-level internal and external stakeholders will be second to none, and you will be a confident communicator, comfortable in all environments. You will demonstrate an ability to work in an agile way, ensuring we are flexible and continue to improve in line with feedback and insights from customers and frontline staff.

About You

As an experienced senior leader, you’ll have an excellent understanding of the sector combined with a focus on delivery and operational excellence, an eye for improvement opportunities and outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. In addition to this you’ll need to demonstrate your experience and qualifications in these areas:

  • Experience and understanding of the environment we operate in and the communities we serve
  • Excellent leadership capabilities and highly developed people skills, using your gravitas to enable and develop the regional teams and motivate them to succeed.
  • Introducing consistent and realistic core principles, priorities and deliverables based on an understanding of the organisational as well as local context
  • Good decision-making skills, considering evidence, analysis and personal experience to take and mitigate risk as appropriate
  • Critical thinking, with a natural inclination to challenge the status quo as and when required to drive improvement
  • Implementing effective performance management, planning, risk analysis and governance resulting in greater impact and efficiency
  • Developing and enhancing relationships with senior stakeholders across sectors, representing the Fund externally
  • Experience in budgeting and data analysis, as well as developing and delivering annual and longer-term strategic operating plans
  • Values-driven and passionate about the Fund’s purpose

For You

  • We offer a competitive salary package
  • 25 days of annual leave, rising to 30 days with service, plus public holidays. We also offer 3 additional days to be taken at a time determined by the Fund (or hours equivalent for those working compacted hours). Entitlement will vary with date of appointment and is pro-rata for part-time employees
  • A generous company pension scheme
  • We have a variety of flexible working options available to support staff with their work life balance, whilst ensuring the organisation is able to work effectively. This takes into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals.
  • Employee Assistance Programme & Cash Healthcare Plan
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Season tickets and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave


Should you chose to apply, as part of Inclusive Boards’ continuing efforts to promote diversity, please fill out our DIVERSITY MONITORING FORM This in no way affects your application to The National Lottery Community Fund.

Closing Date: Thursday, 29th March 2020, 23:59

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Ros Hollinghurst or Elizabeth Oni-Iyiola on 0207 267 8369 or email DDtnlcommunityfund@inclusiveboards.co.uk

We will be conducting interviews on an ongoing basis, prompt application is advised.

To submit your application, please submit your CV and Cover letter to: DDtnlcommunityfund@inclusiveboards.co.uk

Sector: Charities
Role Type: Deputy Director Director
Company: The National Lottery Community Fund
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