External Affairs Advisor

We Are Orchard

Sustainable Bankside II, London SE1

£32,000 - £35,000 | Full Time | Permanent

Who we are

We are a group of dynamic and passionate people active within the circular economy industry, located in central London, just a stone’s throw from the lively Southbank and its foodie and cultural surroundings.

Orchard’s Mission

We are Orchard is a management agency for associations that actively contribute to the development of an environmentally friendly circular economy.

Our mission is to ensure we can live on this planet sustainably. In order to achieve this, we need to effect change much faster than we are now. Focusing exclusively on industries that will help meet this objective, notably anaerobic digestion, biogas and cleantech, we provide management support to organisations that drive those game-changing sectors forward. 

We assist our clients in communicating their sector’s value, winning government support, accessing new markets, attracting investment and amplifying their R&D programs. We offer strategic advice, a full range of management services (policy, market analysis, membership, events, publications, sales, marketing, PR and finance) and practical support to enable our partners to be as effective as possible.

Our current clients are the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA).  Additionally, We Are Orchard manages the annual cleantech investment event Cleantech Innovate.

Who we are looking for

An exciting opportunity is available for an enthusiastic and ambitious External Affairs Adviser to develop ADBA's public profile. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate that they can excel in a demanding role, plan and execute public affairs activity, understand the role of the media, develop good external relationships and successfully promote ADBA, its events and the industry in general.

You will have:

  • A 2:1 degree in a relevant experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have two years’ experience of public affairs
  • Knowledge of Parliament and the devolved administrations
  • Work for a PA/PR agency highly desirable
  • Committed to promotion of the low carbon economy
  • Demonstrable understanding of parliamentary process
  • Ability to engage with and understand the role of the media in engagement strategies
  • Organised and able to meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrates the ability to grasp a range of complex issues and explain them clearly
  • Able to work with senior people in a range of sectors
  • Experience engaging with external stakeholders.       


What you will be doing

You will be responsible for delivering the external affairs and stakeholder relations strategy for ADBA and other We Are Orchard related companies, including thr World Biogas Association, working closely with government, NGO and industry stakeholders to communicate our policy, the position of the market, and the importance of the circular economy, as well as the views of our members to those at the heart of policy making. Working closely with our policy team and PR lead, you will be one of the public faces of the organisation, building excellent relations.

Your key responsibilities will be:

  • Develop and manage a coherent political and PR strategy
  • Manage Parliamentary engagement, ensuring that anaerobic digestion has a prominent role in relevant debates
  • Seek opportunities to raise the profile of the industry and the association
  • Ensure ADBA’s public messages are well understood across the organisation and by its members
  • Write speeches and presentations for ADBA’s Chief Executive
  • Work with our PR lead to plan and lead our press engagement.
  • Use ADBA events to promote the organisation and its goals


Please send your CV and a cover letter, setting out how you meet the requirements of the post and why you want to join our team, to jon.harrison@weareorchard.com. We are an equal opportunities employer.