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New Trustees

NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. Further details follow the jobs listed below.

Can you help us create an economy that works for people and planet?

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) researches, develops and campaigns for radical policy solutions that can transform the economy so that it works for people and planet. In response to the enormous economic, environment, health and equity challenges our society is facing, NEF is prioritising its work round three key missions:

  • A New Social Settlement: ensuring we all have the basics for a decent quality of life.
  • A Green New Deal: cutting carbon emissions, boosting nature and creating good jobs.
  • Democratic Economy: giving us an equal stake in the places where we live and work.

New Trustees. As a national charity, our board of trustees are a critical part of our governance, as well as providing a breadth of skills, experience and knowledge that we can we draw on to help us reach our goals. In January we will have two vacancies on our Board as two of our longest serving trustees complete the maximum time they can serve. This is an excellent opportunity for those with the enthusiasm, commitment and insight in how to deliver real and much needed change.

As a NEF trustee you would collaborate effectively with our other Trustees and staff to ensure we are well governed, working to our charitable objectives and accountable to our stakeholders.

For this round of recruitment we are seeking new Board members with experience in:

  • Financial management of a similar type of charity or not for profit organisations, that is dependent on a range of different income streams
  • Funding and fund-raising from a range of public, private and charitable sources
  • Business engagement, relationship management and cross sector partnerships

We would welcome applicants who, in addition, bring relevant technical knowledge that will strengthen the Board’s overarching role in ensuring robust and effective delivery of our charitable objectives, particularly new economics.

You need not have served on a charity board before, but you may have transferable skills in governance at either organisational, programme or partnership level. NEF will support all new trustees to learn and thrive regardless of their background and experience.

For more information on the roles of Trustee and the type of person we are looking for, please download the Role Description and Person Specification.

For more information about NEF and its work please look at our website.

Time Commitment

  • 1 – 2 days per month for Trustees
  • The board meets 4 times a year and usually holds its meetings in London, with the option of joining remotely
  • The board also has a number of sub-committees which meet regularly, with option of joining remotely (currently all meetings are online)
  • Trustees serve a maximum of two terms of three years.


Deadline for applications: 30th December 2021

Exploratory Interviews: 13th & 14th January 2022

Final interviews: 24th & 28th January 2022

How to Apply

To apply, please provide the following by sending an email to recruitment@​neweconomics.​org

  • A comprehensive CV including details of two referees.
  • A supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role description and person specification.
  • Completed Equality and Diversity monitoring form

Like most not-for-profit board roles, our trustees will be unremunerated.

If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please e‑mail recruitment@​neweconomics.​org

Disability confident employerHappy to talk flexible working

NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class now or in the past.

We are also aware that many highly capable prospective candidates nonetheless rule themselves out of work in research and policy because they underestimate their own ability to do the role. With this in mind, we strongly encourage applications from anyone who is prepared to learn and grow on the job and would like to stress that past experience of working in think tanks is not required.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. We make use of positive action to select between candidates of equal merit as a way to address under-representation in our workforce.

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore NEF supports flexible working. We are also open to suggestions of job shares.