Co-Head of Health

ShareAction London United Kingdom Food and Health
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Company Description

We are at a pivotal moment: the climate and biodiversity crises are deepening, and inequalities are even more marked in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The global investment system has an oversized impact on many of these global challenges. We want to make sure that impact is positive. At ShareAction we work with investors, policymakers and individuals to unleash the positive potential of the investment system. We aim to build a world where our financial system serves our planet and its people.

The Team

Good health is important to us all, and to society. The Covid-19 pandemic shone a spotlight on how vital a healthy population is. Yet millions of people's lives are limited by ill-health. Much of this is linked to avoidable risks such as unhealthy food options, excessive alcohol consumption, poor quality jobs and insecure housing – factors shaped by companies and their investors.

ShareAction’s Long-term Investors in People’s Health (LIPH) initiative seeks to support the investment sector to consider health and and its wider determinants in their decision-making processes. We run collaborative initiatives to help investors move to action – holding companies to account for their impacts and engaging in public policy advocacy.


Given the ambition and importance of the programme, we are seeking to appoint a Co-Head of Health, to work alongside a Co-Head peer, to lead ShareAction’s Long-term Investors on People’s Health (LIPH) initiative.

Each Co-Head has distinct areas of responsibility, but they are expected to work seamlessly together as a team and provide support and cover for each other as appropriate. The role under recruitment will have responsibility for workstreams on investor standards and expectations, public policy as well as programme management and team leadership.

The successful candidate will be a skilled team manager and confident internal and external representative for the team’s work. They will work collaboratively with colleagues across ShareAction to embed health in all our work and to act as a lead expert on the subject.

What you’ll do:

  • You will act as one of ShareAction’s subject matter experts on commercial determinants of health, keeping your knowledge up to date with developments across academia, civil society, and public policy.
  • You will co-own (with your fellow Co-Head) and further develop, as required, overall strategy for ShareAction’s work on commercial determinants of health.
  • You’ll have overall accountability for quality and delivery of the investor standards and public policy workstreams within the Long-term Investors in People’s Health (LIPH) programme, supporting the Standards Lead and Senior Policy Officer to design and deliver ambitious but achievable plans.
  • You will plan, manage and report on budget for the LIPH programme, delegating workstream and campaign budgets where there are appropriate leads.
  • In partnership with our Fundraising Team, you will support fundraising for future programme work and manage relationships with existing funders, engaging them appropriately in programme governance and overseeing reporting to them.
  • In partnership with our Communications Team, you will support external communications activity to achieve LIPH programme objectives and act as a spokesperson in external forums and in the media.
  • You will oversee programme-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for the LIPH programme, delegating workstream and campaign MEL where there are appropriate leads.
  • You will oversee programme-wide risk management, delegating management of individual risks where appropriate.
  • You will lead collaboration with teams across ShareAction to create links with other campaigns and embed commercial determinants of health across all our work.
  • You will work with peers at “Head of” level to play a leadership role across ShareAction.
  • You’ll work closely with your fellow Co-Head to ensure seamless, joined-up work across the team, supporting and covering for each other, as required.
  • You will take lead responsibility for LIPH team performance and health.
  • You will recruit, line manage and develop the Standards Lead, Senior Policy Officer and Senior Project Officer.


  • A strong professional knowledge and understanding of commercial determinants of health.
  • An understanding of initiatives being led by business, academics, civil society and governments to address commercial determinants of health and a personal network with some of these groups.
  • An understanding of the opportunity to harness the power of the investment system to address commercial determinants of health and support population health.
  • Comfort with working autonomously, setting priorities, managing workload and driving delivery against objectives for yourself and your team.
  • Confidence with budget management and risk management at a project and programme level.
  • You’ll be able to demonstrate strong communications and stakeholder management skills, be comfortable communicating and influencing at a senior level, and able to flex communication style accordingly.
  • You’ll enjoy spotting connections between the work of your team and others—and be able to demonstrate you are an effective team player.
  • Proven ability to support and develop individuals with diverse styles and strengths, to get the best out of the team.
  • You’ll be a team player with strong commitment to collaborative working and ShareAction’s values of courage, independence, persistence, respect and inclusivity.
  • A willingness to flex to meeting changing priorities and commitment to work seamless with, support and cover for (where appropriate) your fellow Co-Head of Health

It would also be great – but not essential - if you have:

  • An understanding of standards of responsible investment and barriers facing investors to achieving them.
  • Familiarity with public policy issues around population health and sustainable finance and experience of policy advocacy.
  • Experience of strategy development.
  • Proficiency with common office software including Microsoft Office, Outlook, SharePoint.

What we will do for you

Working with ShareAction 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.

  • You’ll benefit from a highly supportive work environment, with a focus on equality, employee wellbeing and mental health.
  • You’ll have access to internal and external training opportunities, from formal training courses to informal ‘lunch & learn’ sessions with visiting speakers. We’ll also provide you with any training you may need to use our systems.
  • You’ll be joining a peer group of senior managers that work together to support each other and the leadership team with organisational thinking.

ShareAction teams enjoy hybrid working, splitting their time between home and our office. You’ll have access to a modern, flexible office space in central London and regular social events with colleagues. There is no mandatory requirement for time spent in the office, but many individuals and teams make use of office space weekly and, as a senior leader, you will likely want to convene your team in-person on at least a monthly basis.

Other information

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £55,460 to £60,622 + 8% pension (non-contributory), and benefits including a healthcare scheme

Reporting to: Director of Corporate Engagement

Deadline for applications: Monday 4 December at 9am

Interview date: First round on 11-12 December (online). Second round week of 18 December (in-person at Aldgate East).

ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen) and welcome applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities and so if you are not 100 per cent sure that you meet all the requirements but believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and use the application questions to tell us about your experience and what you hope to bring to this role.

We also actively encourage staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available- such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. Due to current restrictions we are unable to hire anyone that isn’t already living in the UK. Due to our size we are unable to sponsor visas.

Please refrain from using any AI tools to write your answers, as this will result in immediate disqualification for the role.