Director of Policy – ShareAction

Neera Shah
Neera Shah16th June 2022

ShareAction and the global system of finance

The global investment system has an outsized impact on many of the critical challenges of our day. Through their investment decisions and stewardship of companies, investors that choose to can help achieve a transition to a more sustainable, healthier and fairer way of living – this is known as responsible investment.

ShareAction is well established as a leading player in the global field of responsible investment. Our vision is a financial system that serves our planet and its people. Our mission is to define the highest standards of responsible investment and to drive those standards until they are adopted across the world.

Public policy and financial regulation are critical to the outcomes we seek.


ShareAction’s policy team, based in London and Brussels, has played an influential role in shaping UK and European sustainable finance policy development over the last decade. This is an exciting time for the team, which is currently growing from six members to eight. The team is responsible for driving forward ShareAction’s distinctive public interest agenda through successfully managing relationships in the UK and the EU with senior financial policy makers and their officials, politicians of all parties, financial supervisors and regulators, and other significant players in the policy-making eco-system.


The Director of Policy is responsible for setting and delivering ShareAction’s agenda on public policy advocacy. Working closely with the Head of UK Policy and the Head of EU Policy, the Director identifies opportunities, plans work and ensures successful delivery of the policy team’s strategy.

The Director of Policy is a member of ShareAction’s Leadership Team and works with senior colleagues to set organisational strategy, identify and mitigate risks, and to ensure cohesion and morale across ShareAction. The Director of Policy takes a leading role in fundraising for policy-related work.

What you’ll do:

  • You’ll develop and ensure successful implementation of ShareAction’s long-term strategy for public policy advocacy
  • You will represent ShareAction publicly and in meetings with senior decision makers in the policy arena
  • You will be leading and motivating a growing team of policy experts and advocates, enabling them to thrive in their work and careers
  • You will be working with the Chief Executive and others on ShareAction’s Leadership Team to ensure the overall success of the organisation
  • You will secure the resources needed to sustain and grow ShareAction’s policy team, maintaining strong relationships with funders and donors.


What you’ll bring to the team:


  • Strong commitment to ShareAction’s vision of a financial system that serves our planet and its people and our core values (courage, persistence and independence)
  • Significant experience of policy making or successful policy advocacy in a UK and/or EU context
  • A good understanding of regulation and of how law and regulations are written and applied by commercial actors
  • Strong managerial and project management skills
  • Confident communicating with senior leaders and in public
  • Experience of serving on a senior leadership team or evidence to show you are ready for this step in your career


  • Experience of fundraising
  • Expertise in responsible investment and ESG practice
  • Knowledge of financial regulation and law

What we will do for you:

Working with ShareAction in this senior role will offer you the opportunity to achieve significant personal impact in one of the most respected and exciting organisations in the responsible investment space. ShareAction seeks to offer all its employees an exceptional working experience with opportunities to develop existing and new skills, applying them in ways that help change the world for the better. You will be challenged but also supported very actively to succeed within a friendly, high performing and highly motivated team.

Other information

Contract type: Full time, Permanent

Salary: £72,000 plus 8 per cent pension (non-contributory) and benefits including a healthcare

Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 11th July 2022. Please visit the vacancy page of our website to submit your application:

Interview dates: First stage interviews will be held on Thursday 14th and Tuesday 19th July 2022. There will be three rounds of interviews.

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