Conference and Events Lead (HFL Education)

Conference and Events Lead (HFL Education)


Up to £29,000 per annum dependant on experience plus excellent benefits

Date Ending

March 31, 2023


Contract: Permanent

Hours: Fulltime at 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Salary: Band 4: Up to £29,000 per annum dependant on experience plus excellent benefits

Location: Hybrid working consisting of remote working, with flexibility to attend events, and with an opportunity to work up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to broaden and build on their experience in events to join a friendly team.

In this role you will lead key conferences from concept to completion. You will have responsibility of all aspects of conferences, from co-ordinating event logistics, supplier and venue management, speaker liaison and delegate invitations for both on-site and virtual delivery. In addition to managing your own portfolio of local conferences, there will be an opportunity to support the growth of national events.

This role will suit an individual with meticulous organisational and planning skills to ensure you are able to manage and coordinate multiple stakeholders, across multiple events. You will need to be extremely proactive, adaptable, professional, and personable. Most of all, you will bring energy and passion to the role and be a team player to deliver conferences to a high standard.

If you thrive within a fast-moving environment and want to join a supportive team where you can develop and learn new skills, we would love to hear from you.


Our ‘working from anywhere’ approach provides colleagues the opportunity to work flexibly in line with their role requirements. This consists of remote working, flexibility to attend events, and an opportunity to work up to 2 days per week in our Head Office in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The ability to reach different locations by car will be essential for this role. If you drive, then a full driving licence and appropriate car insurance will be required. As there is a permanent home working element to this role, you will need to ensure you are equipped for home working.

Benefits: a generous employer pension contribution, 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 31 days after five-years) or the equivalent paid for Term Time employees, family-friendly policies, hybrid working, paid mileage, a cycle to work scheme, onsite charging points for electric vehicles, access to mental health and wellbeing support, company performance bonus, professional development opportunities, benefit schemes for discounts and cashback offers, and more.


Would you like to know more information about this opportunity? If so, please feel free to contact rachel@mccarthyrecruitment.com for an informal discussion or with any queries. McCarthy Recruitment will be managing the recruitment process on our behalf.

How to Apply

To apply, email Rachel Bailey at rachel@mccarthyrecruitment.com with an up-to-date CV, along with a cover letter to include responses to the following questions:

  1. Provide an example of when you have worked on multiple events/ conferences detailing the processes managed, audience size.
  2. What digital delivery platforms have you worked with or are familiar with along with the proficiency level?
  3. As this is a customer centric role, please provide an example of when you have managed and influenced clients or stakeholders
  4. Provide an example of when you have had to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines whilst maintaining attention to detail and how you facilitated this.


As part of our move towards eradicating unconscious bias within the recruitment process, we will be anonymising your forms.


This job advert may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. To make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity, please submit your application as soon as you can.

We are committed towards becoming an anti-racist organisation, and our recruitment statement is set out below in support of this.

HFL is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We insist on the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues and will never condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

HFL is also equally committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and we encourage you to view our Anti-racist position statement which gives clarity on our anti-racist stance. In our relentless efforts to be an anti-racist organisation, we recognise the negative impacts of under representation and lack of diversity in our organisation, our education system and in all aspects of our society. Therefore, for recruitment into any HFL post, where we have 2 or more candidates of equal merit, candidates with protected characteristics will be given advantage over candidates without such characteristics. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘tie-breaker’ and is referred to as ‘positive action’ in the Equality Act 2010.

To help us meet our high standards and aspirations of a fully diverse and inclusive workplace, we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to join us.

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will expect you to be prepared to discuss unconscious bias with us; we find these conversations more than any others give us all a good idea of what working together will be like.