Reporting to: Chief Executive

Reports: TBD. As part of the Senior Leadership Team you will be involved in an organisational structural review, which will determine structures, teams and line reports, but the post holder can expect to manage a team. 

Salary: £65,000 - £70,000 (including London Weighting £3,570) per annum pro rata.  

Location: London, with some travel within the UK as required.

Requests for home working or to be based in an alternative FOE office location will be considered. 


Purpose of the role

The Director of Finance and Regulatory Affairs is a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The SLT as a group is responsible for leading and inspiring the Friends of the Earth movement towards its vision of a markedly improved natural environment by 2030 and manage its strategic direction and delivery.

This role will implement all of the identified strategic step changes, but will have lead responsibility and accountability to ensure that Friends of the Earth is financially sustainable and effectively compliant with relevant regulations and laws and has the premises and organisational infrastructure it needs to be a great campaigning organisation. 


Closing date: Friday 15th July 

Panel Interviews: Monday 1st August or Tuesday 2nd August


Role Description

Key Responsibilities

Regulatory Affairs and Governance

  1. Ensure strong finance, infrastructure and facilities foundations are in place to enable Friends of the Earth to achieve the five step changes; supporting the SLT as a whole by ensuring stability and at the same time helping to enable the innovation and risk taking that will be essential.
  2. Lead the development of a strategy to ensure Friends of the Earth is able to operate and campaign as effectively as possible within charity regulation and in the public interest.
  3. Support the Board, acting as Company Secretary, and undertake the following responsibilities:
  • Ensure systems are in place to support good governance and transparency, operating in accordance with our legal and financial obligations and responsibilities including reporting, decision-making and risk management.
  • Maintain and develop Board policies and working practices, advising each Board, and providing induction to new Board members.
  • Lead relationships with external authorities and bodies, particularly the Charity Commission, Companies House, HMRC, banks, auditors and legal advisors.

Resource Management

  1. Hold overall responsibility for all of Friends of the Earth’s assets, including investments, trademarks and intellectual property.
  2. Hold overall responsibility for Friends of the Earth’s financial strategy, including for budgeting, reporting and control processes within the parameters set by the Board.
  3. Review, update and monitor the financial strategy to meet future organisational needs.
  4. Build staff understanding of and engagement in organisational finances, including ensuring adherence to Friends of the Earth financial procedures.
  5.  Ensure financial systems and procedures meet organisational needs in an agile way, driving a customer-focused culture.
  6. Take overall responsibility for the effective, efficient and proper management of delegated budgets for operational areas within remit.
  7. Ensure Friends of the Earth has appropriate business continuity solutions that are regularly tested and updated to meet ongoing requirements, enabling the organisation to meet unexpected eventualities without losing the ability to operate.

IS/IT, Premises and Facilities

  • Continue the development of the infrastructure required to make Friends of the Earth a “great” campaigning organisation. This includes our Infrastructure Services (Information systems and facilities) and Finance.
  • In cooperation with the Director of Disruptive Innovation, oversee Information Technology strategy and the adoption of Technology enabled change, to support business development and effectiveness.
  • Ensure that Friends of the Earth optimises the use of its premises as a tool to help deliver its organisational strategy. Support the review and delivery of a refreshed regional presence.
  • Accountable for embedding health and safety into the culture of the organisation.

Planning and Performance

  1. Probe and challenge the workings of business systems or processes in any part of the organisation, with a view to ensuring the most efficient and effective internal workings of the organisation.
  2. Working with the Chief Executive:
  • Contribute to Friends of the Earth business planning processes, including production of annual business plans, as well as monitoring and reporting to ensure effective strategy implementation and an agile and responsive reporting capability.
  • Ensure agile, responsive and transparent monitoring and reporting of performance and progress on organisational strategy and plans.
  • Report and present to others on performance of the organisation, projects and initiatives, including making recommendations for action.

   3. Ensure the provision of timely, transparent and accurate financial information and analysis to assist in key decision making by Boards and Senior Management.

+ Leadership Behaviours and Expectations

  1. Be an inspirational and visionary leader for Friends of the Earth, with the drive to inspire us to achieve lasting, measurable impact in support of our mission and five step changes.
  2. Working horizontally with SLT colleauges proposing and leading projects, establishing clear mandates, parameters, project teams and resources, ensuring distribution of responsibility and decision making authority..
  3. Fostering a culture of shared ambition, distributed leadership, effective delivery, collaboration, flexibility, solutions, mutual respect and co-creation.
  4. Leading in identifying and developing effective solutions to internal challenges.
  5. With the CEO, SLT colleagues, and the Boards when appropriate, develop and review Friends of the Earth’s strategic direction; ensuring alignment and integration between objectives, strategies and plans.

Ways of working and engaging

  1. Working horizontally, diagonally and vertically across the organisation to maximise impact, ensuring that staff processes are collaborative, foster innovation and avoid silos. 2. Building relationships, sharing expertise and perspectives across the wider Friends of the Earth family, local to global, global to local.
  2. Supporting and participating in developing an effective knowledge management culture and systems.
  3. Sharing learning, promoting a culture of open reflection, experimentation and innovation, and supporting the application of tools and processes for these purposes.
  4. Champion digital first transformation up and down the organisation (including participation in key initiatives).

Internal relationships

  1. Build and maintain proactive, supportive and effective communication and relationships with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team colleagues.
  2. Build and maintain positive relationships with, and report to, the Board of Friends of the Earth Trust or the Board of Friends of the Earth Limited as appropriate.
  3. Ensure effective communication and coordination between own teams and the Friends of the Earth network.

External Relationships

  1. Engaging with passion, conviction and clarity on behalf of Friends of the Earth

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  1. A Chartered Accountant with significant practical experience at senior level, preferably including experience in the charity sector.
  2. Considerable experience in the leadership of strategic financial planning and implementation including:

  • Strategic management of organisational resources, assets and infrastructure to achieve organisational aims.
  • Engaging colleagues and Boards to engage in and contribute to financial strategy and resource allocation.

    3. Demonstrable experience of:

  • Forecasting, budgeting and reporting in a complex rapidly changing organisation.
  • Management accounting, analysing trends and making recommendations.

  • Understanding of IS operational management and implementation of IS-enabled change projects.
  • A good understanding of charity law and other charity regulatory frameworks.
  • Understanding of Charity SORP and experience of preparing statutory reports and accounts.
  • Sound IT skills including advanced use of spreadsheets and reporting tools.
  • A proven strategic, creative and flexible leader, able to identify and implement new ways of working, seize unexpected opportunities, and encourage and develop these skills in others.
  • Demonstrable experience of overseeing the development and implementation of strategic plans and organisational change processes.
  • Demonstrable ability to assimilate and analyse information quickly and accurately, formulate decisions that are timely and take account of risks and benefits and thereby develop innovative solutions to problems.
  • Strong experience of building and leading cohesive and effective teams and leading them through significant change.
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation, negotiation and communication skills; able to motivate and inspire both verbally and in writing.
  • A collaborative approach and understanding of working in a consultative environment. 
  • A demonstrable commitment to improving organisational effectiveness and impact.
  • An understanding of the strategic use of digital together with experience in the use of social media.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the vision and values of Friends of the Earth.
  • Ability to frequently travel in the UK on a planned basis, and to travel outside of the UK occasionally, as well as working outside of office hours occasionally to meet the demands of the role.


  • Experience of working with Trustees and servicing major committees, or equivalent transferable experience.
  • Experience of company secretarial matters (regulatory compliance, annual returns, Board governance) and charity law compliance.
  • Experience of premises management, including negotiating leases.
  • Experience of Health & Safety management.
  • Experience of negotiating contracts.
  • Experience of working in a campaigning organisation, understanding the dynamics of rapidly changing political and policy environments.
  • Knowledge of organisational development theory and practice.
  • Understanding of effective knowledge systems.