ADPH is currently recruiting for the position of Head of Policy and Deputy CEO. 

JD – Head of Policy ADPH

PS – Head of Policy ADPH

The successful candidate will join the dynamic and hard-working national team at ADPH at an exciting time of expansion. Deputising for the Chief Executive as well as heading up the policy team this is an important high-profile strategic role requiring considerable public health experience and knowledge as well as policy development. You will have the opportunity to build upon the Associations’ established relationships with national and international public health policy leads, including within government and other public and third sector organisations, placing you at the very centre of public health debate.

In the role of Deputy CEO you will be required to represent the ADPH at external meetings drawing upon the expertise and support of the Directors of Public Health across UK to represent the views of the Association. In addition, working in conjunction with the Association Vice President the position provides the opportunity to be the organisational lead for the ADPH Council, which serves as the representative advisory group for ADPH policy.

The role is a permanent, full time position (though part time may be considered) and does allow for some flexible working arrangements.

For further information in the first instance please contact Mark Hamblett on 020 7832 6946 or

Interviews will be held on Monday March 6th in central London. To apply please send a copy of your current CV and covering letter to Mark by midday 13th February.

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) is a Registered Charity and Company Limited by guarantee and is the representative body for Directors of Public Health (DsPH) in the UK.

The Association has a rich heritage, its origins dating back 160 years, and is a collaborative organisation working in partnership with others to maximise the voice for public health. It seeks to improve and protect the health of the population through collating and presenting the views of DsPH, advising on public health policy and legislation at a local, regional, national and international level, facilitating a support network for DsPH and providing opportunities for DsPH to develop professional practice. The Association is hosted by the UK Health Forum.

Job purpose

  • Deputise for the ADPH Chief Executive
  • Develop and be responsible for the delivery of the ADPH policy programme
  • Line manage the policy team
  • Supervise and direct Project Managers and Administrators in the delivery of work programme

Key relationships

  • ADPH President, Board and Council and ADPH policy leads
  • Directors of Public Health across the UK
  • National public health policy leads including government departments; other public and third sector organisations

Accountability and reporting

Accountable to and reporting directly to the ADPH President, Board and Council (on policy issues only).

Principle responsibilities Leadership

  • Deputise for and advise the ADPH Chief Executive – particularly on policy topics
  • Represent the Chief Executive at external and internal meetings
  • Work across the team to ensure synergistic and cohesive programmes of work
  • Lead on the work programme and role of Council – with responsibility for meeting agendas, outputs and actions – in liaison with the Vice President and Policy team


  • Line manage and direct the work programmes of the Policy Manager and Policy Co-ordinator to ensure delivery with consideration of skills, experience and balanced workload; and promote their continuing skills development
  • Manage programme budgets and resources efficiently and effectively
  • Supervise and direct Project Managers and Administrators to ensure delivery with consideration of skills, experience and balanced workload

Policy development and advice

  • Develop an Annual Policy Plan and be responsible for its management and delivery including production of policy documents and briefings; input to collaborative initiatives and national events
  • Develop and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with potential external partners in order to add value to ADPH work and avoid system duplication
  • Handling media activity both reactively and proactively
  • Horizon scan and enable flexibility in work plans to ensure timely and relevant policy initiatives and advocacy programmes
  • Undertake policy surveys and other research across the membership as required to ensure membership input and ownership of outputs
  • Oversee delivery of appropriate and proportionate responses to consultations and comments on national strategies and policies
  • Ensure outputs from other ADPH work programmes inform policy work


  • Continually develop knowledge and skills in relation to Public Health
  • Uphold the values and objects of the Association at all times
  • Hold to the core public health values: equity; empowerment; fairness; inclusiveness; effectiveness; evidence-base
  • Act according to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership with respect for all others and the environment

This job description will be reviewed not less than annually as part of the appraisal process.