Epsom, Surrey
£48,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We are looking for an Executive Lead for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA). You will be leading the NSPA, managing the secretariat and working with the NSPA Steering Group to deliver against the NSPA’s strategy and workplan.

The NSPA is an alliance of over 1000 public, private, voluntary and community organisations and individuals in England. Our mission is to get all parts of society working together to take action to reduce suicide and improve the support for those bereaved by suicide. With our Lived Experience Network we are striving to ensure that suicide prevention activity across the country is underpinned by lived experience; and that lived experience is valued, respected and seen as legitimate. 

  • Full time / Perm
  • c. £48,000 plus benefits
  • Based in Ewell (Surrey) with a mix of home working and office work
  • We encourage flexible working, talk to us about your preferences

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Co-Chairs and Steering Group to ensure NSPA’s strategy remains ambitious, relevant and impactful, assuring the overall direction and integrity of the NSPA
  • Manage complex high value programmes of work for NSPA, including annual conference and World Suicide Prevention Day, ensuring high quality work that meets our strategic aims and linking together projects across the work-plan.
  • Work with leading institutions and/or individuals to develop and secure key partnerships and collaborations which achieve NSPA’s strategic aims as required.
  • Line management of Membership and Communications Officer.
  • Line management of Lived Experience Network Manager.

Skills and Experience:


  • Experience of working in partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders in the public, and voluntary sectors including participation in external forums.
  • Demonstrable experience of planning, management and evaluation of complex long term projects relating to health or wellbeing.
  • Working knowledge of the mental health sector and a good knowledge of mental health promotion and/or suicide prevention. 
  • Excellent inter-personal skills including written and verbal communication skills, facilitation skills, and a demonstrable ability to network effectively.
  • Experience of line managing staff and the ability to motivate and support them effectively.
  • Ability to produce high quality specialist reports as well as writing for a non-specialist audience. 
  • A demonstrable ability to problem solve in a creative and positive way.
  • Good IT skills, specifically the competent use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point, Teams.
  • Experience of managing budgets


  • Demonstrable experience of working in stakeholder relationship management.
  • Knowledge of project management methodology (e.g. Prince 2). 
  • Experience of working with people with lived experience of suicidal behaviour or mental health problems
  • A working knowledge of NSPA
  • Some knowledge of content management systems or website management

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance is hosted by Samaritans, which means Samaritans employs the staff for NSPA, and the NSPA team receive all the support and benefits of being a Samaritans staff member.

At Samaritans, our vision is that fewer people die by suicide. We believe that suicide is preventable and that, together, we can make change that saves lives.

Samaritans is needed now more than ever. We answer a call for help every seven seconds and need to be able to reach and connect with a diverse range of people. Whether it’s through our life-saving helpline service, innovative partnerships or impactful campaigns, we work towards our vision in many different ways and our communications need to reflect this.

Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

The closing date for this role is Wednesday 8th December. Full job description can be found on our website.

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Posted on: 24 November 2021
Closed date: 12 December 2021
Tags: Project Management, Volunteer Management