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Head of Social Investment and Public Affairs

The Jockey Club

The Jockey Club is the largest commercial horse racing organisation in the United Kingdom and it owns 15 of Britain's famous racecourses.

22 Jan 2023
Full Time
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

About the role

We’re proud of the moments the Jockey Club creates on its racecourses, staging some of the nation’s most iconic sporting occasions including the Cheltenham Festival, Grand National at Aintree and the Derby at Epsom Downs.

But we care just as much about the positive impacts The Jockey Club and racing has beyond the racecourse, specifically on the environment, our communities, and the wider economy.

The Head of Social Investment and Public Affairs will help built trust and support among a range of stakeholders including the media, our people, politicians, local government and local communities by explaining and showcasing the positive impact racing has on the environment, our communities, and the wider economy.

You will do this by overseeing the development of a sustainability, community and public affairs strategy that explains the positive effect of racing on the world around us, while enhancing our position and approach to a range of economic, social and governance issues that matter. This will include identifying issues on which the Jockey Club can take a stand, community and stakeholder engagement and policy and public affairs.

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and motivated individual to work at the heart of Britain’s second biggest spectator sport. You will be an active member of the Corporate Affairs Leadership team, playing a key part in developing The Jockey Club’s trust and reputation strategy, helping it to create the conditions it needs to succeed.

About The Jockey Club

The Jockey Club stages thrilling sporting occasions and live events nationwide including The Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and the The Derby. Owning and operating 15 racecourses, millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment on racedays and beyond.

As the largest commercial group in British racing, we are guided by our mission to act for the long term good of the sport. Every penny we make goes back into racing to promote excellence within Britain’s second biggest spectator sport.

At The Jockey Club people are at the heart of what we do and drive our success. We are inclusive and actively seek to attract people with unique backgrounds and perspectives. Diverse, collaborative teams are pivotal to our success and support the potential and growth of all our people.

The Head of Social Investment and Public Affairs will

  • Develop our public policy and social investment strategy, which will deliver a positive contribution to wider society, local communities, and the environment.
  • Create a consistent and more coordinated approach to community, political and stakeholder engagement, helping key stakeholders whose trust and support we need understand and support the positive role that The Jockey Club and racing plays in communities across the country.
  • Work closely with the British Horseracing Authority to build understanding and support for industry-wide issues, ensuring the Jockey Club and British Racing can compete and grow in the future.
  • Identify policy and legislative issues and challenges that could challenge the Jockey Club’s ability to compete and deliver on its vision to create a thriving industry for the benefit of all.
  • Identify the public policy issues that matter most to the communities in which we live and work and develop campaigns that bring the right people and organisations together to solve these issues.

About You

  • You will have experience in devising and developing social investment and sustainability strategies and tactical plans.
  • You will have brilliant written and verbal communication skills.
  • You will have significant experience of building trusted relationships with leadership at a senior level.
  • You will be highly collaborative, with strong stakeholder management skills and a track record of building personal relationships with senior stakeholders and internal teams.
  • You will be very good at influencing, persuasion, and presentation skills.
  • You will have excellent prioritisation and problem-solving skills, with the ability to translate often complex subjects into clear messages for various audiences, adapting or re-planning quickly according to senior stakeholders’ needs or the external environment.

What we offer in return

¨ All colleagues can go along to any of our race day or music events free of charge – along with 3 friends or family with our TeamPass Ticket scheme.

¨ An award-winning pension scheme provider with a generous employer contribution

¨ A healthcare cash back plan enabling you to claim money back on health & wellbeing services.

¨ 25 days annual leave

¨ Access to a suite of Learning & Development training resources from renowned providers

¨ A whole host of other benefits including free eyecare vouchers, a ride to work cycle scheme & discounts across varying retailers & services.

How To Apply:

Please click 'Apply Now' to begin the online application process.

If you think you have everything we’re looking for and more, then we’d love to hear from you. Don’t hang around, our closing date for this vacancy is 7th February but we reserve the right to bring this forward if we have many applications.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
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