Director of Priory and International Affairs


Priory of England & the Islands of the Order of St John
Not For Profit
GBP Competitive package


The Priory of England & The Islands of the Order of St John is a significant organisation, along with its major subsidiary charity St John Ambulance. Founded in its current state 140 years ago, The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry of the Crown, with Her Majesty The Queen as its Sovereign Head. HRH The Duke of Gloucester is the Grand Prior and head of the Order, with HRH The Princess Royal and The Countess of Wessex as active patrons. The head of the Order in England is The Prior, supported by The Chancellor and Dean, with long established links with The Lord Lieutenants, The City of London, and the International Order of St John with its reach across 41 countries.  

This is a particularly exciting time to join our senior team, as we review our priorities and relationships and look to the future. This is a pivotal role supporting the Chief Executive in promoting the historic values of the Order of St John across both the Priory of England & the Islands and St John Ambulance. As such, the role is to provide strategic leadership for the work of St John in relation to our national and international responsibilities as the Priory of England and will be accountable for our significant heritage assets, as well as the development of Priory and heritage volunteers.

The Priory’s headquarters are in the ancient home of the Order at the Grade 1 listed St John’s Gate with its own substantial church and 11th Century crypt which dates back to the origins of The Order. This provides a unique space for Order ceremonials, public engagement and the development of supporters of the charity. This new role will lead on the development funding for the work of the Priory.

This is a particularly broad and high-profile role. Substantial senior management experience gained in an environment of comparable complexity, along with the ability to work collaboratively, is essential. You may come from a public engagement, education or development background, have broader experience and interest in heritage, or be a member of the clergy. Whatever your experience, you will have outstanding leadership, alliance-building and communication skills and will be someone who secures trust and confidence immediately. A visible and inspirational leader, you will bring the credibility, passion and personal profile we need to engage a wide range of stakeholders.

Closing date for applications is Friday 22nd June 2018.    

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Recruitment timetable

Timetable of the recruitment process
Closing Date Friday 22 June 2018
Longlist Meeting Early in the w/c Monday 2 July 2018
Preliminary Interviews Later in the w/c Monday 2 July and w/c Monday 9 July 2018
Shortlist Meeting Early in the w/c Monday 16 July 2018
Final Panel Interview Monday 23 July 2018

To apply for this post, please submit:

  • A comprehensive CV (no more than three sides of A4).
  • A supporting statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification.
  • Details of two referees who we would be able to contact at shortlist stage.

Please also ensure you have completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form that appears on the GatenbySanderson site as you submit your application. The information you provide will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. The form will not be treated as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd June 2018.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the recruitment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion then Juliet Taylor or one of her team will be pleased to talk to you (0207 426 3982). GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.

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