Comic Relief is one of the UK’s best loved and most widely recognised charities. We work to drive positive change through the power of entertainment, and our flagship events include Comic Relief, Sport Relief and Red Nose Day. Millions of generous participants and donors have raised an astonishing total of over £1bn in the past 35 years, all of which has gone to improving lives in the UK and across the globe.
A lot has changed since 1985, and we’ve invested considerable time and thought into recasting our focus and philosophy to address emerging challenges and opportunities. We are committed to being impact-led; to channelling creativity; and to working smart. If you’re looking for a genuinely creative way to make a concrete difference to the world, this influential and visible leadership role could be the most important move you make.
What inspires people to care about (and thus to support) the causes and charities that we fund? Simple: world-class creative. The entertainment, stories and partnerships we produce – sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always meaningful – engage millions of people of all ages, and move them from emotion to action. So this role is central to Comic Relief’s entire proposition. You’ll oversee and lead our creative output, liaising with agencies, BBC commissioning teams and our Creative Advisory Committee (which will be established this year, and chaired by one of our founders, Richard Curtis) to build strong, two-way relationships that ensure our creative content is brilliant, compelling and true to Comic Relief’s values.
You’ll need to truly love our mission and the world in which we undertake it, with a razor-sharp grasp of the modern mainstream and a burning desire to engage mass audiences on an emotional level. A sophisticated grasp of how to collaborate with numerous stakeholders is vital, and you’ll know how to deliver high-quality work with talent of National Treasure rank. Able to deliver across all channels (TV, radio, film, digital, live and virtual events), the work that you produce with your team will be some of the most seen and shared entertainment of the year, and we’re expecting that your track record will be commensurate with this extraordinary opportunity.
Please visit www.comicrelief-directors.co.uk to find out more. For a confidential, informal conversation, please contact Shani Newbold at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960.
Closing date: 3 August 2020.