Head of External Affairs

London (Central), London (Greater)
Circa £42,500 (F/T or P/T depending upon level of experience)
20 Jun 2019
24 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

With the UK energy landscape radically changing and the need to tackle the climate emergency, an exciting job opportunity to work at the forefront of the renewable energy and clean technology industry has arisen at the REA! Based in central London and reporting directly to the REA’s Chief executive, this role is a unique chance to drive forward the decarbonisation of power, heat and transport at a pivotal moment in the Government’s agenda for this area.
We are looking for someone with a passion for the environment and renewables and a clear track record of inspiring action. As you will be one of the leading advocates for the Association’s aims and ambitions for its 550+ member companies, you will have confidence and experience in building relationships with journalists, MPs, Advisors and Civil Servants, as well as having a strategic mind when it comes to press, social media and campaign planning.


The Role
 Establishing and maintaining a high profile for the Association so that it is an obvious “first port of call” for the media, parliamentarians and businesses interested in renewable energy, clean technologies and the development of a decentralised energy system.
 Representing the Association and maintaining contact with key stakeholders
 Creating and advising on external publications of the Association including the Associations’ social media outlets and relevant topical membership communications


 Work with Chief Executive, Board and Head of Policy to identify, develop and implement clear campaigning objectives for the Association
 Develop and execute the REA’s PR and media strategy in the UK, including cultivating and managing close relationships with key media outlets and journalists and identifying and securing relevant opportunities with influencers across corporate, government and industry channels
 To transform the Association’s objectives into powerful messages and communicate them effectively to appropriate stakeholders
 To broaden the Association’s influence by supporting the Chief Executive in building coalitions with important stakeholders
 To provide expert advice on political engagement and parliamentary processes, support and work collaboratively with senior colleagues to ensure the Association’s lobbying objectives are well targeted to gain traction with political decision makers

More specifically:
 To increase the Association’s media and social media presence
 To support the Association’s relationships with major stakeholders, specifically No10, BEIS, Treasury, DEFRA, MHCLG and DFT.
 To lead the Association’s parliamentary engagement activity, tailoring wider objectives to deliver a specific programme of activity with Ministers, MPs and peers, political parties, and researchers
 To combine effective proactive engagement with a strong reactive service, developing the Association’s reputation as a first port-of-call for renewable energy and clean technology media enquiries
 To work collaboratively with colleagues across the Association to help the organisation use communications more effectively, particularly on political and stakeholder engagement and optimal targeting of messages
 Provide briefings, presentations and other collateral as required.
 To participate in the recruitment of new members to the Association


Person Specification
Qualifications and Experience
 A minimum of five years’ experience of working in a communications, press, political, public affairs or campaigning capacity; and educated to degree level
 Evidence of success in developing and implementing communications/public affairs strategies and campaigns to achieve lobbying objectives and/or to enhance the reputation of organisations or sectors, and of mobilising mixed teams in support – including within other stakeholder organisations

 Demonstrable understanding of effective press and social media strategies
 Good awareness of parliamentary and political process
 A good understanding of energy or environment policy would be desirable

Skills and Ability
 Ability to build and maintain close working relationships with senior figures within the REA and externally with key influencers, opinion formers and decision makers from across the political divide, and other key stakeholders
 Excellent political acumen and sensitivity; an understanding of the factors that motivate and influence political parties and corporate players in the renewable energy and clean technology sector
 Ability to think creatively and strategically to devise campaigns and oversee the delivery of their objectives
 First class written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to write across a range of styles, including briefings, articles and speeches

Personal Characteristics
 Enthusiastic and creative, with good organisational skills, determination and stamina; a flexible, team player with personal integrity and confidence, and the ability to build relationships with key opinion-formers and influencers.


Company Background
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) was established in 2001, as a not-for-profit trade association. It is the largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies. The REA’s mission is to grow the renewable energy and clean technology economy. The REA's main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding the Sector in the UK and grow the International market.
The REA’s corporate membership consists of over 550 companies ranging from multinational energy utilities and renewable energy developers working across multiple technologies and solutions through to innovative niche companies and consultants, as well as sole traders, farmers, installers. The REA’s finance forum and other platforms support member organisations from the investment, insurance and legal sectors that enable this growing economy. The REA is the only UK trade body representing the full range of renewable technologies across all applications covering power, heat, transport and clean resource activities.


To Apply
Please email your CV together with a covering letter to Stuart Pocock, COO, REA spocock@r-e-a.net. Closing date for applications 21st June 2019.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.