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Are you passionate about transforming the economy for the betterment of people and the planet? Do you possess a strong financial background and a desire to contribute to meaningful change? If so, New Economics Foundation (NEF) invites you to become our treasurer and trustee, playing a vital role in guiding our strategic direction and financial stewardship.

While long established, we are not a typical think tank. Since 1986, we have been leading progressive thought and action, bringing together economic, social and environmental policy. We research, develop and campaign for radical policy solutions that will transform the economy so it works for people and planet.

We will soon announce the appointment of a new chair, and have a vibrant, committed Board. With a general election approaching it’s an exciting time to join us.

As treasurer, you will work alongside fellow trustees to ensure NEF achieves its mission and remains accountable to stakeholders. Your specific responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining oversight of NEF’s financial affairs on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
  • Providing guidance on financial stewardship in alignment with our strategic aims.
  • Chairing the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and contributing to the Board & Officers’ Committee.
  • Overseeing compliance with statutory requirements and the presentation of organisational budgets and accounts.
  • Acting as a sounding board for the Director of Finance & Operations and addressing any major financial concerns.
  • Supporting the review of financial controls, reserves, and risk management policies.
  • Meeting with external auditors as necessary and presenting accounts to trustees.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking candidates who possess:

  • A professional background in accountancy or charity finance.
  • Senior-level experience in financial management within a similar-sized organization.
  • Expertise in overseeing risk management, preferably in a not-for-profit setting.
  • A solid understanding of UK charity and company management and legal requirements.
  • Experience in managing complex contracts and contractual liability.
  • The ability to make difficult recommendations to the Board and offer coaching and mentoring support.
  • Previous experience as a trustee of a charity is desirable.


  • An average of 2 days per month, including preparing for and attending hybrid Board and sub-committee meetings.
  • The Treasurer will typically serve a three-year term, with a maximum of two terms allowed.


Application Deadline: Thursday 25th April 2024 at 9am

Interview dates: first round week commencing 6th May 2024 (online)

second round week commencing 13th May 2024 (in person)

Second round interviews will be in person at our London office, but we can offer online interviews to anyone with access or logistical difficulties.

Start Date: We hope to make formal appointments at our Board meeting on 26th June 2024

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following in MS Word (or equivalent) to

  • A supporting statement in no more than two sides of A4 explaining how you believe your skills and experience meet our needs as laid out in the section of the role description titled What are we looking for? Please give specific evidence for each area.
  • We’d also like a short CV and the details of two referees.
  • A completed equality and diversity monitoring form.

If you would like to talk to a current trustee about the role before applying do let us know by contacting

If this application process doesn’t support your needs and you would like to discuss alternate ways of applying, or additional support to apply, please contact us.

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