Parks and green spaces are places where we can all move, breathe, run and play. From physical and mental wellbeing to community cohesion they are an undervalued resource that is increasingly under pressure. Fields in Trust is the only charity working in the UK to safeguard the future of these community assets. Our current 5-year strategy is underpinned by innovative research into the benefits delivered by parks and green spaces and has enabled us to present a stronger case for their value whilst cementing our position as the leading authority on these issues.

We work with landowners, community groups and policy makers to achieve better protection for their future at both local and UK-wide level. Currently we protect a total of 2,852 parks and green spaces.


Head of Development


This new role will be responsible for overseeing growth across all voluntary income streams and developing a new corporate partnerships function within the charity. Joining the existing Senior Management Team and working closely with the Chief Executive the post holder will have the opportunity to contribute to future strategy and innovation.

Main Responsibilities


  • Devise and implement a successful and sustainable fundraising strategy to reach an annual organisational income target of £1m over the next three years.
  • Work with colleagues to develop individual fundraising targets across all income streams including corporate, trust and foundations, major donors and individual giving.


  • Contribute to overall strategic direction and management of the charity through membership of the Senior Management Team.
  • Embed a proactive fundraising culture across the whole team through regular involvement and engagement.
  • Oversee budgets, prepare reports and deliver presentations to the Senior Management Team and Board.
  • Provide line management for two direct reports team setting and overseeing personal development goals, income targets and other objectives.

Governance and Regulation

  • Work collaboratively with the Fundraising & Marketing Committee to develop new initiatives and ideas.
  • Ensure that the Board is fully engaged and involved with all fundraising activity as appropriate.
  • Regularly review fundraising policies and practice to ensure the charity is operating with charity law and GDPR legislation and adheres to the Institute of Fundraising Codes of Practice.


  • Degree level or equivalent.
  • Institute of Fundraising or other relevant qualification.

Experience, Knowledge and Expertise

  • Proven track record of success in a lead corporate fundraising role.
  • Demonstrable experience of securing and stewarding corporate partnerships worth £100k+ developing innovative employee engagement strategies.
  • Experience of setting and successfully implementing innovative fundraising strategies to deliver significant income growth.
  • Experience of managing a range of income streams.
  • Knowledge of digital fundraising and the ability to use digital and social media to drive engagement and income.
  • Experience of financial management and planning, producing budgets and management reports to enable effective evaluation and performance monitoring.

Personal Qualities

  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to thrive in a small team environment
  • Highly organised, professional and resilient
  • Ambitious and results driven
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to grasp the wider implications of activities
  • Articulate and persuasive presenter


Responsible to: Chief Executive
Direct Reports: Trust and Major Gift Manager and Fundraising Officer
Contract: 1-year fixed term
Salary: On request

To apply please send a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position along with a copy of your CV to