Director of People, Inclusion and Change

The National Archives Richmond upon Thames a month ago

The new Director will play a key leadership role in our organisation, central to our Executive Team and Board, guiding our drive to attract, recruit, retain and develop a rich and diverse team, all committed to improving the inclusive, entrepreneurial, and disruptive reach of the archives. This is a critical role in our ongoing development, and you will be responsible for leading the strategic people and engagement agenda as well as our strong commitment to being a diverse and inclusive organisation.

We need an individual who is passionate about our mission and takes a values-led approach, ensuring we have a collaborative and inclusive culture. Balancing strategic and operational needs, you will be adaptable and able to work with a wide range of diverse stakeholders; internally and externally. We are keen to find someone with proven experience at a senior level of leading and inspiring a successful HR team. The Director of People, Inclusion and Change will have strong strategic understanding, and operational delivery experience, of people agendas and best in class practices together with an impressive track record of driving culture change.


Evidence of leading and delivering significant transformational and culture change in a complex organisation.
A strong track record of developing and successfully delivering inclusive people strategies.
CIPD qualified (or with equivalent experience) with evidence of successfully leading high performing People functions and deep knowledge and experience across the full spectrum of HR specialisms.
Experience of providing Board-Level advice and thought leadership, while also making an impactful corporate contribution.
Experience of, or demonstrable ability to be, an effective Executive Director.
Clear record and reputation as an inclusive, inspiring and decisive leader, with drive and energy as an agent for change.
The ability to empathise, influence and engage at all levels, internally and with key external stakeholders.

Experience in a variety of sectors.
Experience of working successfully in a unionised setting, and of working progressively with staff networks and forums.

If you have the ability to inspire others and are looking for a role where you will be asked to challenge, influence, and do things differently, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can find out more about this opportunity on our microsite:
If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please reach out to Miles Mackie at Green Park on [email protected]

The National Archives is an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community and from people of diverse ages, experience and backgrounds, including people with disabilities. We are keen to explore the widest possible pool of talent for all our roles.


Generous benefits package, including pension, sports and social club facilities, onsite gym, subsidised staff restaurant and opportunities for training and development.

Any move to The National Archives from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at