Welcome from Dr Katerina Koylva - CEO

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Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in applying to be the Associate Director of Membership & Commercial for the Education & Training Foundation. I hope this candidate brief gives you all the information you might need regarding the requirements of this role. You can also find more information about us on our website: The Education and Training Foundation.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is the workforce development and Professional Membership Body for the Further Education and Skills (FES) sector. We work in partnership with others to deliver professional learning and development for teachers, trainers and leaders. We balance government priorities with sector needs to achieve our core charitable purpose to improve education and training for learners aged 14 and over.

We are looking to recruit an Associate Director of Membership and Business Growth, on a years fixed term contract, with the drive and confidence to increase our membership and commercial to enable us to maximise the income generating potential of the Foundation. You will be responsible for leading our strategic development and associated income growth of our Membership propositions to multiple membership audiences and putting membership at the heart of everything we do. You will also cultivate and manage strategic partnerships with sector and commercial organisations at regional, national and, potentially, global levels. Initially, you will be working with me as the CEO and then the Executive Director of Membership and Commercial, with fostering relationships to support the Foundations strategic goal of membership growth and income diversification. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable track record in leading and delivering professional membership with experience of developing innovative revenue-generating models, stakeholder management, negotiating partnerships and developing networks in the Further Education and Skills sector.

You will have strong membership income and growth experience gained in a commercially focused Professional Membership Body, as well as commercial and business development experience. An understanding of the education and/or further education and skills sector would be highly useful. Finally, experience in building diverse senior level relationships and networks within a strong commercial context, is very desirable.

If this is a role that interests you, we would very much like to receive your application. You can find all the details on how to apply further along in this brief.

If you have any further questions about the role once you have read this candidate brief please contact us on 0207 850 4781 or email: applications@thewlisgraham.com for a confidential conversation with Sarah Thewlis.

Kind regards,


Dr Katerina Kolyva