CLOSED – Executive Director Fundraising & Creative

Comic Relief

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  • Expected Salary:
    c. £100,000
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  • Sector:
    Third Sector
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Comic Relief is one of the UK’s best loved and most widely recognised charities. They work to drive positive change through the power of entertainment, and flagship events include Comic Relief, Sport Relief and Red Nose Day. With an innovative operating model that sees running costs covered by shrewd investment, millions of generous participants and donors have raised an astonishing total of over £1bn in the past 35 years, all of which has gone to improving lives in the UK and across the globe.

A lot has changed since 1985, and Comic Relief have invested considerable time and thought into recasting their focus and philosophy to address emerging challenges and opportunities. As a creative agency for social change, they are committed to being impact-led; to channeling creativity; and to working smart. If you’re looking for a genuinely creative way to make a concrete difference to the world, this influential and visible leadership role could be the most important move you make.

Their fundraising strategy is uniquely Comic Relief: to create entertainment, stories and brilliant partnerships which inspire people to care about (and thus to support) the causes and charities that they fund. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always serious, they engage millions of people of all ages. The F & C workgroup is the largest directorate in the organisation, and comprises three teams – Public Fundraising, Corporate Partnerships and Creative – collaborating closely together. It’s a multi-faceted and cross-channel group, with a strong focus on embedding and championing digital throughout all our content and working practices. And it’s an incredibly exciting place to be.

You’ll be accountable for generating our income, ensuring that we continue to be a popular, progressive and dynamic brand which is entertaining, engaging and highly effective. Significant experience in public fundraising through creative leadership is essential, and your record of sustained, tangible increases in income will set you apart. The ability to work through relationships is key, and you must have the judgement, communication and influencing skills to play a visible and highly scrutinised role in a major charitable organisation. And as if that didn’t narrow the field enough, we’re also uncompromising about wanting to see comprehensive experience of embedding digital strategy and practice within an organisation, plus exceptional prowess as a strategic marketer, communicator and producer.

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

Closing date: 3 August 2020.