Head of Scotland at Pancreatic Scotland UK

Edinburgh or Glasgow. Desk space to be secured by postholder in Edinburgh or Glasgow with a partner organisation. Some home working will be considered.

Reporting to:
Director of Operations

Full time – 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. May be willing to discuss flexible working.


I am delighted that you are interested in working with us. If you decide to apply for a role at Pancreatic Cancer UK, and go on to join us, I know you won’t be disappointed.

I joined the charity as CEO eighteen months ago, and since then I have been absolutely inspired by the incredible team we have here at Pancreatic Cancer UK, by our amazing supporters, and by the sheer courage of those affected by pancreatic cancer. Almost without exception, just about everyone who comes to join our team finds they too are similarly inspired and determined to make a difference. If you want to be part of generating real, positive change, then Pancreatic Cancer UK is the place to be – and helping make that change never more important:

Pancreatic cancer is the toughest cancer to diagnosis, treat and survive

Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest common cancer. This dreadful disease is often diagnosed late, and progresses quickly – heartbreakingly, 3 in 4 people won’t survive a year.

Yet for too long, the disease has been sidelined, with research into the disease historically underfunded. Over the last decade, research into pancreatic cancer has received less than 1% of the cancer research budget. As shockingly, only 8% of people with pancreatic cancer are offered life-saving surgery – either because they’re not diagnosed until too late, or are not offered treatment fast enough – something Pancreatic Cancer UK recently highlighted in our ground-breaking Demand Faster Treatment campaign.

 The reality is that Pancreatic cancer treatment can’t wait. We need change, fast.

But thanks to our staff and our amazing supporters, we are making a stand and demanding;

–          More money for more research.

–          More focus on early diagnosis

–          Better, faster treatment and care

As importantly, Pancreatic Cancer UK provides expert advice and support directly to those affected by the disease, and we support the pancreatic cancer community with a strong, constructive voice.

We want to make sure that everyone affected by the disease gets all the help they need, and our overall aim is to double survival rates and transform the future for everyone with pancreatic cancer.

But we can’t do this alone – we can only succeed if we take it on together. You could be a key part of our success.

 Our work in Scotland is a central part of our activity to take on pancreatic cancer. Researchers in Scotland are leading the way in developing new exciting approaches to tackle pancreatic cancer, particularly through the Precision Panc programme based in Glasgow and we are delighted to be the patient engagement partner for this initiative. We also chose Scotland as the location for  our first ever Future Leader’s Academy, which we fund at the Beatson Centre, to further drive our ambition to attract the next generation of bright minds into the pancreatic cancer field. As a charity we have been working hard to push pancreatic cancer up the political agenda in Scotland through the Cross party group, events and debates in the Scottish Parliament, working with some very dedicated supporters.

But we have much more to do. Particularly to make sure that everyone diagnosed in Scotland knows about the services we provide and has access to our face to face services to reduce isolation and improve quality of life.

Your reward will be to see more people with pancreatic cancer have the chance to live longer, better lives. What’s more, you’ll be joining an incredible team and a great place to work:

  • We’re a small charity, so you’ll feel part of a team, not a machine. We celebrate all our achievements together, we make sure new starters get a great welcome, and we never forget we are a community where everyone has value.
  • We’re passionate about our cause, and are in a strong position to make a difference.
  • We make sure you can give your best– we’ll invest in your learning and development, we’ll value your skills and experience, and we’ll give you the chance to shine.
  • We have a great team of passionate and determined staff and supporters, with strong partnerships with patients, families, fundraisers, medical professionals, researchers and policy makers.
  • We encourage a healthy work-life balance and are always happy to discuss flexibility in light of the needs of the role. We have high levels of job satisfaction and a collaborative and innovative culture – and I know everyone here would join me in being proud to work here.

So, if you feel excited and inspired by the prospect of joining us to take forward our challenging agenda in Scotland, we would love to hear from you. Please find enclosed further information about the Charity, the disease and this position, and do look at our website and read the job description and person specification to see how you would meet with our needs.

We hope to hear from you soon.

With best wishes,

Diana Jupp

Chief Executive

The Head of Scotland will be a key member of the Operations Directorate and will be responsible for the successful growth of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s presence and activities in Scotland.

The role will report to the Director of Operations but will need to work closely with the Director of Fundraising and Communications and other Heads across the Charity. The post holder will co-produce strategic plans for services, policy and campaigning, engagement and fundraising activity in Scotland working with the relevant function Heads and lead on the implementation of these plans.

The successful candidate will be skilled in developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key stakeholders from across the pancreatic cancer community – including supporters, health professionals, policy makers, MSPs, researchers, funders, major donors and other charities – to enable us to meet our strategic objectives.

The postholder will also be responsible for helping us build and maintain relationships with key healthcare charity and Government stakeholders in Northern Ireland. We have a well established Community Co-ordinator post in this nation, working to raise awareness of our charity’s services and other work. However this postholder would benefit with greater senior level support in maintaining these crucial relationships.

The post holder will need to ensure excellent internal communication and effective co-working is maintained with the London Office. They will receive support for their activity from teams across the charity and the benefit of their specialist expertise. The charity will review the capacity needed in Scotland in the future as activity in the nation develops. The initial priority for the role will be to co-produce a two year plan for services, policy and campaigning, fundraising and engagement activity in Scotland with the relevant Heads of function plans.

As Head of Scotland you will play a pivotal and strategic leadership role in developing and maintaining effective relationships with health professionals and other charity partners to raise the profile of the charity’s services.

Main responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, and cultivate effective relationships with key Government and NHS influencers and decision-makers in Scotland.
  • Brief external stakeholders on the needs of people affected by the disease and improvements required in Scotland.
  • Contribute to the successful implementation of the strategy in Scotland.
  • Support the work of the Director of Fundraising and Communications and Heads of Fundraising, to seek funding for existing and future activities in Scotland through identifying opportunities and co-producing plans for fundraising in Scotland
  • Proactively represent the charity to the public, media and at fundraising events, act as a media spokesperson, ensure social media presence and give talks and presentations to appropriate audiences/conferences that focus on activity in Scotland.
  • Work with NHS providers to facilitate the charity having regular information stands within NHS settings and at appropriate conferences/training events.
  • Develop key relationships to develop appropriate training activities/events for health professionals in Scotland.
  • Recruit, train and manage a team of information volunteers in Scotland as well as other volunteer roles as they are introduced.
  • Provide the Policy and Campaigns team with insight and intelligence on health policy and NHS service development and the political climate that will influence policy and campaigns objectives and plans.

Essential Skills / Experience

To apply for this post candidates must have:

  • Degree or equivalent qualification
  • Knowledge of strategies for raising the profile of an organisation and cause.
  • Good understanding of national and local health services, health policy, and the key stakeholders and organisations in the health service field in Scotland.
  • Knowledge of the Scottish parliament and key parliamentary processes.
  • Experience of developing & maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Operational planning & Budgeting
  • Track record of developing and delivering services ideally within a health setting.
  • Working with people affected by a health condition, charity supporters or members of the public who are interested in an issue or affected by a cause and using different methods to engage them in organisational activities.

*Applicants must have ability to travel regularly across Scotland and drive own vehicle (and occasional UK wide travel), including occasional overnight stays, and to attend evening/weekend meetings as required. Travel to London to attend organisational meetings will also be required.


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