The New Economics Foundation is looking for an exceptional leader that can work equally well with funders, staff and the Board. Inspiring and motivating those around them, maintaining and building relationships whilst working collaboratively with our wide range of stakeholders. The organisation is emerging from an intense period of transformation on a strong financial footing and is therefore well placed to deliver against its strategy.

The CEO will work seamlessly with the Board to progress and develop the vision and strategy and will then be responsible for first class delivery. If successful, you will be leading a newly formed senior management team at an important time. The organisation is proud of its 30-year history leading practical work with partners and cutting edge thinking on new economics and we are now working to ensure that it remains relevant for the next 30 years.

The CEO will be leading an organisation:

  • that works in partnership with real agents of change, locally, nationally and internationally, from trade unions and community campaign groups to public officials and international organisations;
  • where staff build an international reputation for leading thinking on sustainable development informed by our practical work;
  • that is at the centre of public argument and debate, from press and broadcast, to digital campaigns and people’s front rooms; and
  • that is seen to tackle the issues that matter now – from strengthening local economies in the face of climate change or the housing crisis, to developing parent led childcare or to building a more participatory public realm, ensuring that NEF remains relevant in the ever-changing political environment, balancing financial sustainability with delivering maximum impact are all vital elements.

For more information and how to apply, please visit our microsite for CEO recruitment here.


We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore The New Economics Foundation supports flexible working. We are also open to suggestions of Job Shares.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all persons regardless of their race, gender, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. But, as members of ethnic minority groups and disabled people are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups.  Appointment will be based on merit alone.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.