“We recruit nice people and encourage them to be friendly, caring colleagues and the senior management model this. Does this make us soft under performers? Absolutely not. Our membership, revenues and impact grow every year. That's because what drives performance is not whip-cracking managers but clarity of vision, a sense of shared mission and skilled, motivated people.”Adam Lent, CEO 
“It’s rare to work for an organisation as committed and positive as this one. There’s an energy, focus and enthusiasm that runs through everything – from the core mission of community power down to their innovative events.” Simon Kaye, former Senior Researcher 
"An ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE bunch of change-makers. New Local puts me and my team at the heart of an exciting movement that’s genuinely transforming our relationships with our communities." Sandra Farquharson, Assistant Director, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames  

We are unique in being a research organisation, a practical consultancy and home to a thriving network of 70+ councils and other organisations.

At the heart of our work is ‘community power’ – the belief that people should be given the means to transform the places they live and the services they use. We believe this is key to creating stronger public services, and to creating a better society for all.

New Local is an independent think tank and network with a mission to transform public services and unlock community power.

New Local was founded in 1996 as New Local Government Network. Today, we’re a close team of around 20.

We are passionate about our team’s happiness and wellbeing, and want New Local to be the best place to work possible.

Working long and late hours is actively discouraged and all staff at New Local are committed to creating a pleasant, friendly and supportive environment in which to work.

In addition to the advertised salary, we offer: 

  • A minimum of 27 days’ holiday a year and ten days holiday over Christmas/New Year
  • Highly flexible working and work location arrangements 
  • Regular training opportunities 
  • A number of other benefits listed in the job description.

See CEO Adam Lent’s Twitter thread on what more we’re doing.

Diversity: New Local is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We don’t just ‘value diversity’, we think it is central to what makes for a high impact, successful organisation. We positively encourage everyone to apply. In order to monitor equal opportunities, we ask that job applicants complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. The collecting of this data is part of our diversity strategy, to understand how we can improve equal opportunities for external applicants to New Local.  All information gathered for equal opportunities monitoring is anonymous and then destroyed after 6 months, after which only aggregate data will be held.  Information collected for monitoring purposes will be treated as confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.

Current Vacancies

Head of Events

Status: Full time, permanent
Salary: £50,000 – £60,000
Location: New Local operates a highly flexible approach to work location and welcomes applications from across the UK. (Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.)
Deadline: Tuesday July 5, 9am

This new role is an exciting opportunity for an events professional who wants to build on the work we’ve already done and make Stronger Things their own.

If you wish to discuss this role, please get in touch to arrange a discussion to take place before Thursday 16 June. After this date we will be happy to explore your questions at the interview stage.

Download full job description – Head of Events

New Local is the proud host of Stronger Things, an annual event that’s become known as the place for equipping and inspiring those that believe the future of public services is community-powered (watch the videos from 2020 and 2022).

The profile of this event has grown massively in recent years and we now want to take it to the next level. Our vision for Stronger Things 2023 is an international festival of community power, a must-attend for professionals and activists from across the globe.

We’re also eager to launch a second event under the Stronger Things banner, as well as work with our network of local authorities and other organisations to increase the income-generating events that help resource our work.

You and your role

This new role is an exciting opportunity for an events professional who wants to build on the work we’ve already done and make Stronger Things their own.

We’re looking for someone who already has extensive experience of events planning, management and delivery. We need a doer as well as a thinker, not afraid to embrace both direction-setting strategic thinking as well as hands-on tasks.

As we move to make Stronger Things financially self-supporting you’ll also need a strong track-record of growing income – a natural at starting and sustaining positive relationships with the fantastic organisations that support community power.

Our brilliant network and events team will support your work and, as the Stronger Things approaches, you’ll be expected to lead staff from across the organisation as everyone pitches in.

Just as important as all the above is someone with the imagination and rigour to keep our events standing out. ‘Keeping the quirky’ might sound cheesy, but for us, it’s a fundamental part of creating the warm, safe and fun space that enables people to share and learn with vulnerability.

Key tasks and responsibilities

Stronger Things

  • Envision and innovate – Lead the conversation across our members, stakeholders and team about what they need from our flagship event. Use this to develop its theme and format, combining virtual and real-life aspects.
  • Plan & Deliver – Do the legwork that’s needed to deliver this event, including, managing budgets, attendee registration mechanics and supplier liaison.
  • Grow the audience – Bring in new people from different sectors and communities as well as make our digital audience a global one.
  • Develop our income -Bring in new sponsors and partners (and increase their opportunities for engagement) to help pay to the costs of this event.
  • Secure speakers with something to say – Find us rock star speakers who will inspire our audience.
  • Keep the quirky – Don’t lose sight of the little things that make our events special. This year we ditched our registration desks, had a big pink sofa centre stage and hosted an after-hours jazz band. You’ll beat that.

New events

  • Establish and deliver new events – Use the Stronger Things banner to introduce an events programme from scratch.
  • Develop our business – Work with our organisation partners to develop new, income-generating, events that help fund our work.
  • Protect our data – Use processes, software and systems in a way that protects our event registration data.

Other work

  • Collaborate with colleagues – Work closely with our research, practice and communications teams, ensuring our events are an asset to their work.
  • Muck in – Work alongside the rest of your team (and the rest of the organisation!), sharing in event and member admin, never afraid of getting involved in even the most basic jobs.

  • Experienced events professional, with a deep understanding and demonstrable background in delivering amazing high-profile events for large audiences.
  • Broad-ranging and adaptable, equally comfortable in front of a potential sponsor, attendee spreadsheet and strategy planning session.
  • Great communicator, with an ability to write compelling emails and pitch persuasively in-person.
  • Relationship-builder, a natural friend-maker for an organisation that relies on strong professional connections
  • Data-lover, who is not just an excellent record keeper, but someone who pushes data to spot gaps and opportunities for our organisation.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial, committed to evolving the experience of our members and event participants
  • A champion for our mission, bringing an understanding of community power and a commitment to its principles.

Above all, a friendly and supportive colleague able to work in a highly creative and collaborative environment that encourages autonomy and excellence from all members of the team.

Please email to

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter of no more than 500 words explaining what attracts you to the role and why you feel you would make a great Head of Events.
  • A completed equal opportunities form (if you wish) – We collect this data as part of our diversity strategy. It helps us understand how we can improve equal opportunities for applicants and is not used for any other purpose. All forms are separated from applications, the information is confidential, anonymous and destroyed after six months, after which only aggregate data is kept. 

If you require any help applying for this role or taking part in the recruitment process, then do not hesitate to contact Katy Evans, our Operations Manager, at

Post advertisedWednesday 1st June 2022
Deadline for applicationsTuesday 5th July 2022 by 9am
Candidates contacted for interview byFriday 15th July 2022
One hour written exerciseThursday 21st July 2022
Interviews 1st round, onlineTuesday 19th July 2022
Interviews 2nd round, onlineTuesday 26th July 2022
Start dateTo be agreed subject to circumstances / notice period

If you are unable to attend interview(s) on this / these date(s), please let us know when you apply.

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We’re so sorry, we’re delaying recruiting for this role.

We’re contacting everyone who has applied and we look forward to being in touch with them again soon.

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