People Director (Ref: SUS3211)

£51,143 per annum

37.5 Hours per week

Job share considered/flexible working available

 Base: UK – Flexible

About Sustrans

Our vision and mission have never been more relevant.

Across the UK, governments are pledging investment and action on active travel.

We are working together to make a real difference – creating places where everyone can live and travel happily and healthily, and where nobody is excluded.

With a turnover of £100m, our work wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication of our 700 employees, 3,200 volunteers and 40,000 supporters.

Reflecting a response rate to our last annual employee survey of 92%, and positive employee experience in the top 20% of all UK employers, we are a friendly, supportive and inclusive organisation.

Join Sustrans today and help us get things done, together.


About the role

At Sustrans, our values underpin everything we do. And the people that form our organisation are unique, committed and energised about making a difference to the places in which we live, work and travel across the UK.

We now have a rare opportunity for you to join us and lead our People team, as our first People Director. Reporting to the Executive Director of People & OD and as a member of our UK Directors’ Group, you will play a key leadership role in creating, shaping and delivering a work programme to improve our operating model, transforming and strengthening the People function.

Under your leadership, you will ensure that the People team operates in accordance with contemporary best HR practice and employment legislation whilst supporting the delivery of the People & OD business plan.

About you

With a commitment to inclusion and diversity, you will be someone who gets things done, who acts strategically and creatively and is an accomplished influencer and coach. Someone with well-developed business acumen, exceptional engagement, involvement and communication skills.

You will have extensive experience in senior People / HR leadership roles, along with a successful track record in operational HR management, programme management, process improvement and policy development.

If this is you and, just like Sustrans, you want to make a difference, we would love to hear from you!

We have put together a candidate information pack for this role which you can find on our website www.sustrans.org.uk/job-vacancies

What can we offer?


  • 26 days’ leave per annum plus bank holidays for full-time working
  • Ability to buy an extra week of annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff)
  • Staff volunteer days
  • 24/7 free, impartial and confidential support service
  • We are members of the Green Commute Initiative and Cycle Scheme who both offer cycle to work schemes


  • Group Personal Pension scheme with a 4% or 5% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans
  • Bike, computer and season ticket loans
  • Discount benefits

Family Friendly

  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible Working practices (full time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday – Friday)

Click here for more information Employee benefits – Sustrans.org.uk


You can be based anywhere in the UK and most of your work can be done from home. Occasional travel to Sustrans UK offices will be required, particularly to our hub in central Bristol when it opens after a major refurbishment in late 2021. Good access to a mainline train station will be essential.

Recruitment process

Applications will be made via CV and Cover Letter via: https://candidate.sustrans.org.uk/136392SUS

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 10:00am on Wednesday 9 June 2021. Interviews will take place via Zoom on Friday 18 June 2021.

Should Sustrans receive a large number of applications for this vacancy, the decision may be taken to close it earlier than the advertised closing date, so please ensure your CV and supporting statement is submitted as soon as possible.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion.

We welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, particularly where we are under-represented. Currently, this includes people who identify as having a disability, and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.