Executive Lead - National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA)

The NSPA is an alliance of over 1500 public, private, voluntary and community organisations and individuals. Our mission is to get all parts of society working together to take action to reduce suicide and improve the support for those bereaved by suicide.  We champion the importance, value and impact of involving people with  lived experience, striving to ensure that suicide prevention activity across the country is underpinned by a diversity of lived experience. 

This is an exciting time to join us with a new national government strategy for suicide prevention due to be published this year and the opportunity to shape NSPA’s future. 

  • 18 month fixed term contract 
  • Full time (35 hours per week) 
  • £48,000-£51,000 per annum plus benefits
  • Hybrid working – linked to our Ewell (Surrey) office with home and office working 
  • We encourage flexible working, talk to us about your preferences

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Co-Chairs and Steering Group to develop NSPA’s new three year strategy, ensuring it is  ambitious, relevant and impactful, assuring the overall direction and integrity of the NSPA.
  • Manage complex high value programmes of work for NSPA, including annual conference and World Suicide Prevention Day, ensuring high quality work that meets our strategic aims and linking together projects across the work-plan.
  • Work with leading institutions and/or individuals to develop and secure key partnerships and collaborations which achieve NSPA’s strategic aims as required.
  • Champion the importance, value and impact of lived experience involvement to NSPA membership and wider suicide prevention sector.
  • Line management of Membership & Communications Officers, Lived Experience Network Manager and the Lead for our sister alliance – Support After Suicide Partnership.

Skills and Experience:


  • Substantial experience of working collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders in the public and voluntary sectors including participation in external forums. 
  • Experience leading a partnership or initiative with demonstrable ability to engage and galvanise people to participate in it. 
  • Strong knowledge of the mental health sector and/or suicide prevention.  
  • Excellent inter-personal skills including written and verbal communication skills, facilitation skills, and a demonstrable ability to network effectively. 
  • Track record of devising and delivering strategic programmes of work  
  • Experience of leading a team and motivating and supporting them effectively. 
  • Ability to produce high quality communications, including practical guidance for non-specialist audiences.  
  • A demonstrable ability to problem solve in a creative and positive way. 
  • Commitment to the purposes of the NSPA and to suicide prevention. 
  • Good IT skills, specifically the competent use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams.  
  • Experience of managing budgets and securing funding. 


  • Experience of working with people with lived experience of suicidal behaviour or mental health issues.  
  • Experience in developing member or audience engagement strategy. 
  • Some knowledge of content management systems or website management. 

Job Description and Person Specification here

The National Suicide Prevention Alliance is hosted by Samaritans, which means Samaritans employs the staff for NSPA, and the NSPA team receive all the support and benefits of being a Samaritans staff member.

Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

To apply, you’ll be asked to upload a CV and answer three application questions, based on the NSPA and the skills and experience required in the role. The closing date is 9 am Monday 20 March.