Deputy Head of Conferences

Chatham House
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 06

Position description

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. 

As part of our centenary plans, we are looking for an experienced Deputy Head of Conferences to provide key leadership support to our Head of Conferences. You will be challenged with supporting the development and delivery of Chatham Houses' revenue generating conferences, in addition you will also take a lead role in delivering our flagship events during our centenary in 2020.

Are you an individual who can lead the team in content development and production, ensuring deadlines are met? You will also be passionate about researching and identifying trends in international affairs and business and generating these into commercially viable events. The ideal candidate is a multi tasker who can prioritise objectives and takes pride in the work they do and the organisation they work for. 

We want someone to join our diverse team who will take the initiative, be a problem solver and positively contribute to our mission. You are the kind of person who is happy to pursue a wide variety of tasks and is deeply committed to personal development and knowledge. 

We are an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.



Content and Stakeholder Management

  • Take the lead in supervising the content development process for our commercially focused, revenue generating portfolio of conferences;
  • Partner with research colleagues to ensure conference content relates to ongoing and emerging areas of Chatham House research priorities;
  • Build and manage relationships with key industry contacts across multiple sectors in order to ensure commercial viability of our conferences;
  • Ensure content and thematic balance in conference content adheres to the Institute’s focus and independence.

Conference Development

  • Day to day management of our conference development and budgets;
  • Research and write conference agendas with input from internal and external subject matter experts;
  • Identify high-level speakers from across a range of organizations and sectors and work with conference managers to secure their participation;
  • Drive engagement of organizations as sponsors achieving the commercial objectives of each event;
  • Create copy for email, online and social media marketing campaigns;
  • Work with the marketing manager to develop and implement marketing strategies.

Team Management

  • Direct line management responsibility for conference developers (talent planning, development and succession planning);
  • Project management – work with internal teams (marketing, sales, conference managers), to ensure the successful delivery of the conference and that it is delivered on time and within budgets.

Strategy and Forward Plan

  • Work closely with the Head of Conferences, Director of External Relations and Head of Corporate Relations on influencing and operationalizing our corporate fundraising strategy and on centenary initiatives;
  • Lead on external engagement building our networks with target organisations and sectors;
  • Identify growth opportunities to introduce new content and sectors into the annual portfolio of conferences;
  • Deputize on team management, and departmental or institutional matters.


  • Previous people management experience with a demonstrable ability to nurture and lead an engaged, professional and goal-oriented team;
  • Ability to think strategically, whilst balancing day to day operational responsibilities;
  • An influencer with an instinct for collaboration;
  • Experience of the conference and events industry or a similar role demonstrating strong commercial awareness;
  • Ability to engage and establish trust with partners;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to work within a team and with individuals at all levels displaying tact, sensitivity and diplomacy.

Desirable Experience:

  • Experience in a think-tank, research institute, NGO, foundation, or academic institution.


Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), enhanced pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, staff canteen providing complimentary tea and coffee and lunch, enhanced Maternity and Paternity and other benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment.

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