The Royal Foundation and Earthshot Prize Partnership

We are proud that The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently chose the Ashdown Group to be its recruitment partner for The Earthshot Prize, 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.

We have partnered with The Royal Foundation to create a bespoke attraction strategy focussed on identifying a diverse pool of executives who combine a passion for social enterprise with the requisite leadership skills and experience to join the board of a high-profile organisation. These key members of the senior leadership team will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the strategy of the charity as it rapidly scales up over the course of the next decade and delivers on its truly inspiring vision.

About the Royal Foundation

The Earthshot Prize:

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 inspiring collective action.

Taking inspiration from President John F. Kennedy's Moonshot which united millions of people around an organising goal to put man on the moon and catalysed the development of new technology in the 1960s, The Earthshot Prize is centred around five 'Earthshots' - simple but ambitious goals for our planet which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come.

The Earthshot Prize is a not for profit start up with an audacious vision and ambitious partners. In 2022, The Earthshot Prize will spin out from the Royal Foundation where it has been incubated, to become an affiliated independent organization.

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About The Royal Foundation:

When people come together, they can achieve great things. The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unites people to tackle some of today's biggest challenges. Using their passion and unique influence to change mind-sets to make a lasting difference on the issues that matter to them and to society.

Royal Foundation Mission

By a desire to make a difference together, The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Their programmes currently revolve around main themes of work; mental health, early years, wildlife conservation, and emergency responders. In addition to these programmes, as the country responds to COVID-19, The Royal Foundation is working to support frontline workers and ensure that those in need are able to access mental health support.

Guiding principles

The Royal Foundation focuses on issues that matter to its principals and to society, where it can have significant impact

Impact: Focusing on issues that matter to The Royal Foundations Principals and to society where it can have significant impact
Together: Putting their Principals’ distinctive convening ability at the heart of the Royal Foundation’s activities by bringing people, their ideas and resources together
Focus: Convening purposefully to understand issues and explore solutions with a focus on creating long-term impact
Ambition: Incubating initiatives, and working with delivery partners to implement and scale solutions with the ambition that they become sustainable
Objectives: Actively measuring The Royal Foundations impact against clear goals and objectives

Latest Royal Foundation Jobs

Research Manager

Home Based

As an accomplished Research Manager you will ensure that the Earthshot Prize is underpinned by best in class research, data, evidence and impact analysis. Working across the entire organisation you will often have a unique insight into ways to create connections, enable collaboration and accelerate opportunities.

You will contribute to the development and implementation of the overarching partnership development strategy and will help to identify new partners for the Prize, and bring together support for finalists to enable the team to accelerate the scaling of successful solutions.

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Strategic Growth Manager

Home Based

The Ashdown Group has been commissioned by The Royal Foundation and The Earthshot Prize to identify a Strategic Growth Manager to join their team. This position will play a lead role in organising targeted support to help accelerate finalists and winners efforts to reach scale. You’ll work directly with a portfolio of eco-innovators to understand and shape their growth plans and seek opportunities to leverage TEP’s network of relationships to make those plans a reality. This role will support the creation of workshops, networking events, playbooks, and other assets that can help our portfolio of eco-innovators take advantage of growth opportunities.

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Head of Digital

Home Based

The Earthshot Prize is more than a Prize – they are building a Platform to regenerate the Earth within a decade. To deliver this audacious vision, TEP is now seeking an accomplished and purpose driven digital marketing expert with the requisite passion and experience to take this fledgling global brand to the next level online.

You will be the digital marketing expert within the company and will lead, inspire, and direct the broader team in this space. You will report into the Marketing Director and be responsible for growing awareness of The Earthshot Prize globally. You will have the opportunity to shape the overall digital marketing strategy and will plan, execute and optimise digital marketing campaigns across multiple channels.

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Senior Designer, Creative & Content

Home Based

To deliver their audacious vision, TEP is now seeking an imaginative and experienced Senior Manager, Storytelling Content Designer who can lead a multidisciplinary team to deliver exceptional, insight informed, magical creative for The Earthshot Prize brand. You will be a strong collaborator and deliver well-crafted, innovative and creative content ensuring design and visual excellence for this high-profile global brand. You are curious about finding and telling stories and confident in delivering innovative and engaging creative for multiple channels of distribution. You have a passion for creativity and are a master executor when it comes to your craft, comfortable working across several mediums including content strategy, art direction, content design and creation, moving image, graphics and digital content.

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Social Media, Communications & Content Manager

Home Based

The Social Media, Community & Content Manager will play a critical role in developing The Earthshot Prize brand and leading the development, engagement and growth of The Earthshot Prize community online.

You will be a creative, collaborative digital native who loves to turn strategy into action, influence and engagement, and wants to take the world on an innovative journey to regeneration! You will have the ability to capture content, edit and design whilst managing performance and creating exceptional social media experiences.


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Junior Designer, Creative & Content

Home Based

The Earthshot Prize is seeking an imaginative and passionate Manager, Storytelling Content Designer who can work with a multidisciplinary team to deliver exceptional, insight informed, magical creative for the brand.Working in partnership with the Senior Manager, Storytelling Content Designer you will develop the everyday visual direction of the brand - upholding excellence, ambition, and team spirit. You will deliver best-in-class photography, video content, digital and experience design in service of the TEP Brand and the Eco-Innovator. You will develop and maintain relationships with external partners and ensure the product is always on-brand, diverse, dynamic and resonates with the target audience.

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