The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is looking for a new Chief Executive to lead our organisation through one of the most defining periods in the history of modern housing.


Job Title: Chief Executive

Job duration: Permanent 

Location: TCPA office at 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS

Salary: Up to £95,000 per annum


We are looking for a new Chief Executive to lead our small but powerful membership organisation which believes that the housing crisis can — and indeed must — be overcome with proper regard for health, design and social justice.

Given our size, the right candidate will need to be hands-on across a variety of activities, especially with regard to leading fundraising programmes. This will require a commercial mindset to seize opportunities and turn them into commercial realities.

A real 'people' person, the Chief Executive will be a fantastic networker. With an understanding of UK public policy, they will confidently navigate working with government, NGOs and academia to make an impact.

Over and above this, the new Chief Executive will have a real passion for overcoming social issues and making a difference.


Key tasks

• To build valuable sustainable relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders. The Chief Executive will enhance the TCPA’s profile by acting as the public figurehead and ensuring that our voice is heard at the highest, and most appropriate, levels of government, government agencies and academia, whilst also engaging and developing relationships with students and members of different lay communities.

• To ensure the continued financial stability of the TCPA by building a pipeline of deliverables through contracts/sponsorship within the private sector, responding to government tenders and developing new income streams and initiatives. To be successful you will need to have an entrepreneurial flair and a disciplined approach to closing commercial opportunities.

• To provide exceptional leadership to the TCPA staff by being an inspirational role model, taking pride in developing others and by contributing to a positive ‘can do’ culture whilst adhering to the highest standards of governance.

• To identify opportunities to grow and diversify the TCPA’s membership base.

• To work with a supportive and active Board of Trustees, to maintain effective and robust business planning, performance monitoring, governance and risk management processes.

• To prioritise opportunities and lead the TCPA to fulfil our commitments on time and to budget as well as executing deliverables to the highest quality.

• To ensure compliance with all legal requirements including the Charities Commission and Companies House as well as requirements of funders.


Essential skills

• Ability to lead a high performing cross disciplinary team, under pressure, to deliver high quality outputs in a timely fashion.

• Ability to influence and build long lasting relationships and partnerships across a diverse eco-system including government, the media and corporate members.

• Inspirational public speaker with the ability to represent the TCPA in front of a range of audiences from parliamentary select committees to students.

• Confident operating in complex and challenging environments, politically astute, and credible at the highest levels
of government and with other senior stakeholders.

• Ability to think on your feet and make prompt decisions but be highly strategic and think for
the long-term.

• Ability to leverage strong business sense combined with an entrepreneurial approach to realising commercial opportunities.

• Ability to work closely and collaboratively with the Chair and Trustees as well as team.


Qualifications and experience

• Degree or equivalent.

• Experience of leading an organisation either at Director or at Chief Executive level.

• A track record of working with, and influencing, both public and private sector stakeholders would be advantageous.

• Experience of working closely with Boards to develop organisational strategies and translating these into actionable plans.

• Experience of business management, reporting and charity governance including compliance.

• Knowledge, or evidence of the ability to build knowledge, of the complexities of the planning and built environment sector. The Chief Executive will not need to have a planning qualification or strong planning
background, rather a passion for, and some understanding of, the built environment.• Understanding of policy development and how it can be supported by research to influence and change the operating environment and ultimately outcomes.

• Visionary leadership combined with a down to earth approach and exceptional people management skills to ensure a happy and motivated team.

• Success in securing funding from the public, private and/or charitable sectors and strong financial acumen. Must have the ability to maintain and further develop relationships with key funders.

• Exceptional communication skills with the ability to engage and influence diverse audiences including speaking at large conferences.


Full details and to apply

For a full job description and apply to the role, click here.

Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Wednesday 12th September 2018

Interview dates: 18-19 October 2018


About us

The TCPA is a small yet highly influential campaigning charity that works to improve the built environment. Our interest lies in improving people’s lives - particularly the lives of those who have least - by working to achieve thriving, successful places that provide a good home for everyone. Our research, events, policy ideas and publications attract the attention of politicians, professionals and the public.