Do you want to help shape a fairer and more prosperous London?
Being a Trustee for Centre for London is about much more than just ensuring good governance – it offers a great opportunity to get really involved in finding solutions to the many issues affecting our wonderful – but in many ways challenged – city.
Liz Peace, Chair of Trustees.
Centre for London is a politically independent think tank focused on the big challenges facing London. It aims to help London build on its long history as a centre of economic, social, and intellectual innovation and exchange, and create a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable city. Through its research and events, the Centre acts as a critical friend to London’s leaders and policymakers, promotes a wider understanding of the challenges facing London, and develops long-term, rigorous solutions for the capital. Now in our eighth year, we are a well-established and influential voice in London policy and politics.
Here at Centre for London, we celebrate London’s rich and diverse culture and we want our trustee board and team to reflect the city we serve. We especially welcome applications from people often under-represented on boards – including those who have not previously served as trustees.
The Charity Commission expects trustees to be able to bring ‘time, understanding and effort’ to their role, as well as useful and relevant experience and/or skills.
We are looking to recruit up to three new trustees to join the board and help guide the next phase of the Centre’s growth and development.
We’re a small charity with 10 trustees and 18 members of staff. Everyone is passionate about London and committed to making it a better city. We have a friendly, fun and collaborative culture. We’re a London Living Wage and an equal opportunities employer – an ethos which also informs our work. Centre for London is politically non-partisan and we have not previously appointed trustees with strong party-political affiliations, but this is not a hard and fast rule.
Trustees are not remunerated but we do cover reasonable expenses including childcare/caring costs.
Trustees meet four times a year for formal meetings, which are usually 3.30 to 5:30pm at our offices in Clerkenwell. Trustees are expected to read the papers and attend these meetings.
Centre for London is a great organisation to get involved with for anyone who is interested in what is happening in the city, a great team of people, and importantly for busy senior people, non-bureaucratic, serious, but informal and great fun.
Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI, second term trustee.
The skills and experience we are looking for
Trustees need to be wholeheartedly committed to Centre for London’s work and advocate for the organisation.
We don’t ask that you are an expert in London policy issues – though understanding of and interest in urban policy and/or the particular challenges London faces, and relationships in those fields, would be helpful.
In addition to the core competencies set out below we are looking in particular to recruit trustees who have:
- Experience in communications and/or public relations – trustees with experience influencing decision makers to change policy or practice.
- Entrepreneurial backgrounds to help implement our new strategic plan.
- Strong networks to help promote our recommendations.
- Connections in communities whose voices are often underrepresented in London policy
- Good strategic vision
- An understanding of the UK charity sector, and the principles and practice of good governance
- Good understanding of London government and London policy issues
- Good connections across important London networks – public services, business and/or third sector
- A team player able to work collaboratively with other trustees and the Centre’s senior management team.
- Senior management experience
All trustees are encouraged to support Centre for London’s fundraising activities. This could include individual trustees donating in accordance with their means and/or making introductions to potential donors.
The recruitment process is open and conforms to good practice as set out by the Charity Commission.
Applicants should submit a short (one page) covering letter setting out their motivations and qualifications for the trustee role, along with a short CV. Please include where you heard about the vacancy. The appointment committee will review applications and invite short-listed applicants for an interview in November.
Please send your application to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Trustee Application”.