Job vacancies

New Trustees and Treasurer


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.


The New Economics Foundation (NEF) researches, develops and campaigns for radical policy solutions that can transform the economy. As a national charity, our board of trustees is not only a critical part of our governance, but the skills and commitment of our trustees help us reach our goals.

New Trustees

We are seeking up to four new trustees to join us in 2021 who will bring new insights, enthusiasm and commitment to the delivery of our mission. We are particularly looking to ensure our board is representative of wider UK society and so would particularly welcome hearing from Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic potential trustees.

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.
  • May bring specific skills in raising funds from major donors, or campaigning at scale (including using digital tools)
  • Can broaden the board’s perspectives because you are a woman, person of colour, have a disability, or a lived experience of the inequalities of the current economic system.

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

Treasurer

Our current Treasurer is also due to step down next year, and we are seeking someone with experience in financial, audit and risk management of a similar organisation to initially work alongside him, and to take over the role in the early part of 2021. To apply for this particular role you should have a professional background in accountancy and previous experience as a Trustee or a Non Executive Director.

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

Time Commitment

  • 1 – 2 days per month for Trustees, and 2 days per month for the Treasurer
  • The board meets 4 times a year and usually holds its meetings in London, with the option of joining remotely (currently all meetings are online)
  • 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: 5pm, Monday 8 December 2020

Exploratory Interviews: between 9th to 22nd December 2020 (specific dates to be confirmed)

Final interviews: January 2021 (specific dates to be confirmed)

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 contact Andrew Pendleton andrew.​pendleton@​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.