CLOSED – Director of Public Engagement

The Trussell Trust

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  • Expected Salary:
    circa £70,000
  • Location:
    London, Salisbury or home based
  • Sector:
    Third Sector
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The Trussell Trust is an amazing place to work – but we wish it didn’t have to exist, because we don’t believe that a charity like this should be needed at all.

Unfortunately, for now the need is undeniable. Trussell Trust support more than 1,200 food banks in the UK, their small central team serves the operational needs of this network. As you would expect, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on need. The number of food bank parcels provided to people in crisis increased by 89% in April 2020 compared to the same period last year, and the need for services specifically for children more than doubled. Trussell Trust promise that they will be there as long as they can help.

However, public and partner support has also increased exponentially during the past year, so that they have been able both to meet the rise in need and continue to campaign for an end to the structural issues which lock people into destitution. With a new strategy ready to launch, they are investing in compelling advocacy, communications and engagement – and most of all, in the talented, passionate people – which will help end the need for food banks.


This vital new role is part of the Executive team and reports to the Chief Executive. Leading the second-largest team in the organisation, you’ll be highly visible and accountable for the Changing Minds strand of our new strategy.We’ll look to you to choreograph lasting social change, building public support for our vision to end the need for food banks in the UK and changing perceptions of our work from ‘what selfless generosity’ to ‘the need for this service is socially unacceptable’.

You’ll have an exceptional technical grasp of designing and rolling out strategic multi-channel campaigns, with impressive strengths in audience insight and analysis. The personal fluency and impact to create affiliation and trust with people who can take our message into their own organisations, and beyond, is essential. But you will also have a deep understanding of the power of story, bringing those with lived experience of poverty together with food banks, the UK public, funders and other strategic partners to create a powerful movement for change.


Please visit to find out more. For a confidential, informal conversation, please contact Rebecca Emerick or Alex MacLeod at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or email

Closing date: 20 September 2020.