Director of People and Culture

The Ashdown Group has been commissioned by The Royal Foundation and The Earthshot Prize to assist in their search for an accomplished Director of People & Culture to join their senior leadership team. As a truly global and inclusive organisation, applications are welcome from candidates based internationally. 

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unites people to tackle some of today’s biggest challenges. They recognise that when people come together, they can achieve great things and they use their passion and unique influence to make a lasting difference on the issues that matter most to society. The Earthshot Prize is a not-for-profit start-up which currently sits within The Royal Foundation but will spin out to become an affiliated independent organisation in 2022.

The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years. The Prize aims to turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change and inspire collective action.

In order to achieve this audacious vision, The Earthshot Prize is seeking a commercially astute, empathetic and driven leader with a passion for people and proven track record of delivering and embedding a successful HR strategy to join its senior leadership team. As a truly global and inclusive organisation, applications are welcome from candidates based overseas as long as they are able to relocate to the UK.

Reporting directly to the CEO you will have full responsibility for developing and implementing the people strategy and vision of the charity. You will provide inspirational leadership and embed a high-performance culture built on inclusivity, engagement, collaboration and continuous improvement.

The Earthshot Prize is committed to building a diverse international team that is representative of all sections of society. They recognise that by encouraging innovative and creative ways of thinking and fostering an inclusive culture they will collaborate more effectively and achieve better outcomes. As the Head of People and Culture you will be a passionate advocate of DEI&B and will play a pivotal role in building a welcoming culture that encourages diversity and authenticity. 

This is a hands-on leadership and implementation role, with full accountability for the success of the people function within the organisation as it goes through a period of rapid growth. You will build HR processes and policies to ensure the smooth and efficient running of business operations and will create a recruitment, wellbeing and engagement strategy that attracts and retains an outstanding team. You will have demonstrable expertise in building a comprehensive talent and acquisition strategy that is focussed on attracting diverse talent and creating effective teams.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a Director of People & Culture to make a profound contribution to the growth and development of a truly inspiring charity with a transformative global vision.

If you would like to submit a covering letter in support of your application, please send this directly to

Contact Name:
Briony Lenderyou-Ferguson