This well-respected trade association has an excellent opportunity for an experienced government affair’s professional with knowledge of financial services or health to join them as head of government affairs.

In this role, you will be aiming to reinforce the trade associations strong position in the market. Also, influence policy in a manner that is beneficial to its corporate strategy and in the interests of its members.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for maintaining a pro-active approach in external relations strategies.
  • Control of the development and implementation of external relations
  • Develop and manage a governmental relations plan utilising support from professional services personnel/marketing and sales as appropriate
  • Establish networks with regulatory bodies, agencies and associations and actively manage ongoing relationship
  • Liaise closely with members to improve government relations, media and external communications drafting briefing papers and scripts as appropriate
  • Provide advice and guidance to other departments on high profile cases to ensure the interests of the Trade associations and members are protected
  • Support the Chairman, Chief Executive, Professional Services Director and others in the production of documents and correspondence of strategic importance to the trade association
  • Source of advice and expertise to internal stakeholders, and training resource for advisers on policy matters that affect the trade associations services to members
  • Initiate and act where appropriate on policy issues in the absence of the trade associations executive

Key Requirements

  • Ability to combine flair, initiative and dynamism with a practical approach
  • Should be able to think strategically and be able to negotiate successfully
  • Thorough knowledge of UK and Ireland political and parliamentary processes and an understanding of political audiences are crucial
  • Excellent communication skills and representational skills together with significant experience in all aspects of external relations are essential
  • Should have a good educational background, preferably with a degree and further qualifications in a relevant subject and a proven track record
  • Familiarity with medico-legal concepts and terminology is essential, as is a detailed understanding of the trade associations and its operations

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to showcase their skills at a very well-respected trade association. If the role is of interest, please send your CV via the link below.

Due to the high volume of CVs, we will only be able to respond to applicants who are successful.

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Founder & CEO Alice Weightman

Alice established Hanson Search in 2002 and has since gained a reputation as one of the leading search professionals in senior appointments across communications, developing an incredible network globally. A fellow of the REC and member of the 30% Club, Alice actively supports gender diversity as a business imperative and she is proactive about encouraging economic and social diversity within the industry. In 2015, Alice launched The Work Crowd, an online talent marketplace, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 FSB London Business Awards.

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