Head of Government Relations

You will enhance the ATI’s engagement with relevant Departments across the UK governments and to lead, influence and co-ordinate policy discussions.

Reports to:

Sophie Lane


On application




The core focus of this role is to enhance the ATI’s engagement with relevant Departments across the UK governments and to lead, influence and co-ordinate policy discussions. You will drive our relationships with BEIS, DfT, MOD and DIT and develop those with HMT, No 10, MPs and Select Committees. You will also work closely with the Devolved Administrations. You will promote ATI independent research and share how our work can support policy development. You will lead the development of the next Spending Review bid. You will oversee UK regional relationships with smaller businesses through the relevant aerospace associations and line manage and develop the regional manager. You will own the Strategic Engagement Plan and work with the leadership team to identify engagement opportunities and maximise ATI’s impact at these events. You will support the wider ATI thought leadership and contribute ideas or content to maximise the success of those campaigns. You will also be a key member of the ATI Leadership Team and as such will have corporate responsibilities.

About the role

The post holder will manage the Regional Manager and work closely with the International Policy and Communications Teams.

Key activities and responsibilities

  • Working with the Chief Relationships Officer to develop and deliver a strategic engagement plan to enhance the profile and reputation of the ATI with key stakeholders including industry, academia, RTOs, ministers, MPs, advisers, officials and other influencers.
  • Understand, input to and influence policy developments across areas including aerospace, sustainability, competitiveness and innovation. Ensure the ATI independent view is understood and where appropriate, incorporated.
  • Identify gaps in the political debate that ATI could add value to an co-ordinate input through ATI thought leadership, events, visits and meetings. Bring together colleagues from across the ATI to support content and provide visibility of the depth of our expertise.
  • Lead the development of the ATI spending review narrative and engagement around it. Identify key points of influence and grow ATI ability to engage with them. Create visibility of the ATI’s impact. Advise and brief ahead of political meetings.
  • Support the ATI’s role on the Jet Zero Council ensuring ATI is able to provide independence advice and value into the discussion. Be the main POC for the Jet Zero Council Secretariat and prepare the CEO ahead of his meetings. Identify areas for work and support CEO/CRO to deliver on our objectives related to this group.
  • Oversee UK regional relationships with regional aerospace associations, trade associations and influence groups. Grow partnerships and joint working with these groups supporting the growth of the UK aerospace sector.
  • Line manage, develop and support a member of staff and provide leadership across the wider organisation.

About you

  • Strategically minded: Able to structure insights and evidence into compelling narrative for how to realise opportunities for the ATI.
  • Market knowledge: Solid understanding of the UK political framework and workings of government.
  • Commercially minded: Able to work with stakeholders at all levels across the UK aerospace sector and quickly get to grips with the key challenges and issues facing the sector.
  • Creative: Able to innovate and to instigate and assess new ideas.
  • Organised: Able to coordinate and drive people to a common goal to meet deadlines required.
  • Communicator: Present outputs with clarity and credibility through written and verbal presentations.
  • A professional, team-oriented, relationship-oriented approach to managing successful, long-term stakeholder engagements.

Essential experience

  • Successful track record in delivering government engagement and stakeholder management. Ideally experience of growing relationships with ministers and MPs.
  • Understanding of the complexity of the sustainable aerospace policy landscape and the requirements to reach our Net Zero 2050 target.
  • Experience of campaign strategy development and delivery in a multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Ability to identify the key issues quickly and deliver them succinctly. Proven written skills including managing briefing requirements.
  • Leadership and influencing skills.


  • Civil service or government relations experience.


ATI Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Attractive pension scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Professional development training
  • Paid membership to one professional body per year
  • Hybrid working, including core hours
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and a “shut down” period over Christmas
  • Company Maternity & Paternity Pay
  • 30 days Company Sick Pay

Assignment Process and Timeline

Applications for this position should be submitted as a CV and covering letter to hr@ati.org.uk by Wednesday 31st August. First interviews will be scheduled w/c 12th September.
Short-listed applicants will go through a two-stage interview process and may be asked to demonstrate their suitability for the role with an aptitude test.

Contact details

For more information please contact hr@ati.org.uk