Chief Executive

Wilton Park

Wiston House, West Sussex

  • Location

    Wiston House, West Sussex

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £110,000 plus attractive package

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    26 August 2020

  • Client

    Wilton Park

Ref: GSe64422

“Harnessing the power of dialogue”

Established in 1946, Wilton Park is a world-renowned centre for discussion where leading figures meet to advance policy on key global issues.  We organise a multitude of events and conferences in the UK and overseas, bringing together leading representatives from the worlds of politics, diplomacy, academia, business, civil society, the military and the media.  Our network includes senior foreign policy makers, key specialists and respected thought leaders, and the number of participants is growing as we convene more meetings in new locations across the world.

We are an Executive Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).  The FCO provides Wilton Park’s core financial resources and is ultimately responsible for the success of its activities.  Our mission is to support the UK Government in the resolution of global foreign policy challenges by bringing together the best possible range of individuals from around the world and from a variety of sectors.  The emphasis is on making the link between ideas, policy, and practical delivery, within a setting that enables open and constructive discussion: “Harnessing the power of dialogue to promote a fairer and a safer world”.

We are looking for an outstanding individual to be the Chief Executive of Wilton Park, so as to lead the staff team through a period of change and of growth, and to enhance further the organisation’s market profile and reputation as it passes its 75th anniversary.

As our new Chief Executive, you will need to bring a clear interest in this area of work, with an authentic leadership style that will enable you to maintain the strong relationship that we have established with the FCO and the rest of government (both in the UK and internationally),  whilst ensuring an appropriate level of independence. This is a complex and often ambiguous landscape - you will need to understand it quickly in order to become a credible leader within it. 

The Chief Executive will have to be the driving force for finding new ways of shaping dialogue, working with partners and maintaining a sustainable revenue base. You will therefore need to bring a track record of highly effective senior stakeholder engagement, along with the financial acumen to fulfil the accounting officer element of the role.  You will also be able to bring innovation and creativity to ensure that Wilton Park develops and seizes new commercial opportunities, and maintains the international credibility that it has developed over the years. 

Closing dateMidnight on Wednesday 26th August 2020
Long listingMonday 7th September 2020
Preliminary interviewsWeeks commencing 14th & 21st September 2020
Short listingWednesday 7th October 2020
Stakeholder Engagement ExerciseWeek commencing 12th October 2020
Panel InterviewMonday 19th and/or Tuesday 20th October 2020
How to Apply

You must be a British Citizen at the time of application.

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation by no later than midnight on Wednesday 26th August 2020:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years and contact details of two references (who will only be approached for shortlisted candidates).
  • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

It is important through your CV and supporting statement that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the selection criteria detailed. These responses will be further developed and discussed with those candidates invited for interview.

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. This information is mandatory but if you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming the most inclusive employer, making the best use of the talent that exists in all parts of society. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for more information.

For an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Matt Malone on 07471 037070, Julie Myers on 07595 779915 or Mark Turner on 07809 195638.

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx