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Nick Coppard
020 3962 9900

Nick joined The Management Recruitment Group in 2015, initially supporting the Residential Development team before moving to a crucial delivery role for the business, manging the delivery of retained recruitment campaigns for the Education and Public Estates Practice. He began his


Job Description

REF: 15851
Posted: 18 February 2021
Closes: 14 March 2021

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge and the world’s leading botanic garden. We are a major visitor attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have two sites, one at Kew Gardens near Richmond in London and one at Wakehurst in Sussex and over 800 employees and 500 volunteers. Our staff work and collaborate across the world.

Reporting to the Head of Estates & Facilities, the Head of Projects is takes lead responsibility for the successfully delivery of the RBG Kew estate capital programme with annual capital investment of up to £10m across the Kew Gardens and Wakehurst sites. The programme traverses an incredibly diverse portfolio of buildings and facilities with projects including refurbishment, restoration, infrastructure upgrade and fit-out projects. The Head of Projects will lead, both at programme and project level, an in-house projects teams and external delivery partners to deliver projects to exceptionally high standards and time and cost expectations to support the operation and growth of this world-leading organisation.

We are seeking an individual with a proven track record of leading a diverse range of estates projects and programmes across live, operational, technically complex environments. You will have the ability to operate at programme leadership level, with the leadership skills required to plan and allocate resources across a multi-faceted capital programme in an estate environment. Excellent interpersonal, stakeholder management and leadership skills are required in this influential role, at the Head of Projects will need to motivate internal and external programme team members whilst providing assurance and service to RBG Kew colleagues.

We are particularly seeking to maximise the potential of our history, brand and physical environment from an estates & FM perspective and we are therefore seeking candidates who have a track record of successfully operating in best in class environments. Given the diverse nature of stakeholder relationships the post holder will proactively manage, it is expected that prospective candidates will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be extremely delivery focused and customer oriented.

For the full briefing particulars and/or a confidential discussion, please contact our appointed recruitment partners Ben Duffill and Nick Coppard of The Management Recruitment Group on or Applications, consisting of a comprehensive CV and supporting cover letter outlining a rationale for applying for the post, should be emailed to

The closing date for applications is Sunday 14th March 2021.