Head of Public Affairs

Job title: Head of Public Affairs
Reporting to (job title): Managing Director, Public Affairs, Policy and Research (PAPR)
Objective of role: The role of the HPA is to lead the organisation’s public affairs and engagement activity across the UK and EU and to work with members to deliver the objectives of TheCityUK’s public affairs and engagement programme.

The job holder will work with the Managing Director, Public Affairs, Policy and Research, CEO, Executive Committee and TheCityUK teams to lead and deliver the public affairs work programme to achieve TheCityUK’s strategic objectives. This includes leading TheCityUK regions & nations activity, Westminster and parliamentary engagement, EU public affairs and member state engagement.

The job holder will be responsible for the running of the senior member Public Affairs Group and other relevant committees, ensuring TheCityUK engages a range of senior policymakers and stakeholders across the UK and EU. The role should deliver key FRPS messages, seek to enhance the trust and reputation of the FRPS industry and TheCityUK’s role in representing the industry.

Dimensions of role: Direct reports: 4
Regions & Nations Senior Manager
Public Affairs Manager
EU Public Affairs Manager
Public Affairs Executive

Key Activities & Responsibilities

Public Affairs Programme Delivery

  • Lead and deliver TheCityUK’s public affairs strategy to ensure the importance of the financial and related professional services industry is communicated to policymakers and relevant stakeholders.
  • Manage TheCityUK public affairs team ensuring delivery of TheCityUK’s strategic objectives.
  • Secure senior and high-level speakers for TheCityUK standing events including Annual Dinner and Leadership Council meetings.
  • Devise and deliver a regular programme of Westminster engagement including roundtables and 1-1s as required, ensuring TheCityUK policy asks are communicated to the broadest range of policymakers, parliamentarians and stakeholders.
  • Delivery and coordination of TheCityUK annual events such as the TheCityUK Annual Conference and fringe meetings at party conferences.
  • Deliver TheCityUK’s engagement in Brussels and with EU member states, ensuring a regular programme of meetings and delegations, including with relevant representatives in the UK and coordination of the activity through PAG/EUSG.
  • Deliver TheCityUK’s regions & nations programme, supporting the network of City Chairs, delivering cross-UK engagement and delivery of the National Conference.
  • Ensure all public affairs activity has senior buy-in through TheCityUK Board, City Chairs and PAG.
  • Provide political advice and strategic counsel across TheCityUK, to the CEO, Executive Committee, teams across the organisation and to TheCityUK members.
  • Provide briefing and support on relevant meetings and public engagements as undertaken by CEO, MD of PAPR and Chairmen as relevant.
  • Ensure all UK and EU activity is planned and coordinated across TheCityUK, particularly with the Head of Policy.
  • Work with the PAG Chair to develop TheCityUK public affairs strategy, policy priorities and content as above.
  • Ensure coordination with all relevant stakeholders and trade associations including the City of London Corporation and trade associations represented on TheCityUK Board.
  • Manage relationships with external agencies and consultancies with responsibility for budget and ensuring a regular programme and involvement in TheCityUK senior fourms and groups as relevant.
  • Work with teams across TheCityUK to develop engagement and launch plans to support TheCityUK objectives.

PAG and Committee Support

  • Lead TheCityUK support for the Public Affairs Group, setting the agenda for the group, liaising with Chair and ensuring regular reporting into TheCityUK Board.
  • Work with the Head of Policy to ensure Chairs of relevant committees (such as PAG, IRSG) are briefed ahead of committee meetings and ahead of TheCityUK Board meetings and senior forums.
  • Develop and deliver objectives for PAG and relevant sub-committees and their working groups to be agreed by chair and members, including programme of meetings, roundtables and engagement.Develop agendas and papers with input from Chair and members.
  • Ensure regular reporting to TheCityUK Board and CEO on progress and achievement of committees’ objectives.
  • Support the work of new working groups as required.

External engagement

  • Devise, develop and deliver engagement strategies and meeting programmes with policymakers and stakeholders across the UK and EU.
  • Represent TheCityUK at a senior-level undertaking engagement with policymakers and stakeholders as required.


  • Member of the TheCityUK Senior Management Group – play an active role in the Senior Management Group.
  • Work closely and coordinate with TheCityUK’s International Trade and Investment, Economic Research, Corporate Communications and other teams and colleagues as required.

Key Relationships & Interfaces


  • TheCityUK’s Managing Director (PAPR).
  • TheCityUK’s CEO.
  • TheCityUK’s leadership team and colleagues.
  • Leadership Council members.
  • Board of Directors members.
  • Chair and members of TheCityUK’s key committees.


  • Ministers, parliamentarians, government officials and other policy makers and opinion formers.
  • City of London Corporation.
  • Retained agencies and contractors.
  • Key contacts within member organisations and representatives.
  • Key industry bodies and individuals.

Person Specification


  • A public affairs professional with a proven track record
  • Self-starting, pro-active, prioritising tasks, attention to detail, conscientious, takes responsibility and ownership.
  • Excellent influencing and communications skills.
  • Ability to network, develop relationships and work with senior individuals across a range of organisations.
  • Willingness to develop in-depth knowledge of policy matters.
  • Willingness to travel to meetings overseas.


  • Academic or career experience in financial services or economics
  • Understanding of and interest in financial markets and products, economics and public policy.
  • Public policy experience.
  • Degree in Economics or Political Science.
  • Analytical and report writing skills of a high calibre.

This role is based in London but may involve travel elsewhere in the UK. TheCityUK office is a small and close-knit team with a flexible approach to tasks and responsibilities. It is essential that the candidate appreciates and can work within these conditions.

Closed for new applications.

Values at TheCityUK

These core set of values are essential for effective performance in our company and provides a common purpose as to how we deliver our work on a daily basis. 

  • Rigour
  • Impact
  • Agility
  • Respect
  • Teamwork

To find out more about our values and the standards of behaviour, please visit our About us page.

About TheCityUK

TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services. We champion and support the success of the ecosystem, and thereby our members, promoting policies in the UK, across Europe and internationally that drive competitiveness, support job creation and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry contributes over 10% of the UK’s total economic output and employs 2.3 million people, with two thirds of these jobs outside London. It is the largest tax payer, the biggest exporting industry, generates a trade surplus almost equivalent to all other net exporting industries combined. It also makes a real difference to people in their daily lives, helping them save for the future, buy a home, invest in a business and protect and manage risk. @TheCityUK.