Trustee Recruitment

UPDATE: This recruitment has been postponed due to coronavirus and the pressures it has placed on our operations team. We are still accepting applications, but will not be shortlisting until the autumn.

Do you want to help shape a fairer and more prosperous London?

Centre for London’s research and events programme has become an invaluable part of the policy mix in the capital. We have developed strong links with the Mayor, the boroughs, business leaders, experts and ordinary Londoners. Now in our tenth year, we are a well-established and influential voice in the capital. But we still have so much to do, which will take good strategy and creative, long-term ideas.

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

Why apply?

We’re a small charity with nine trustees and 22 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; we have not previously appointed trustees with strong party-political affiliations, but this is not a hard and fast rule.

Trustees meet four times a year for formal meetings, which are usually 15:30 to 17:30 at our offices in Clerkenwell. One of these meetings is followed by a strategy session and informal dinner. Trustees are expected to read the papers and attend these meetings. Trustees are not remunerated but we do cover reasonable expenses including childcare and caring costs.

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 Londoners 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 one or a few of the following:

  • Experiencing raising funds, or with an entrepreneurial background to help develop our financial model.
  • Connections in communities whose voices are often underrepresented in London policy.
  • Experience in communications and/or public relations or influencing decision makers to change policy or practice.
  • Experience or knowledge of London government and London policy issues.
  • Strong networks to help promote our recommendations.

Core competencies – at least two of the following:

  • Good strategic vision.
  • An understanding of the UK charity sector, and the principles of good governance.
  • Good connections across London’s networks or with Londoners – public services, business and/or third sector.
  • A team player, able to work collaboratively with other trustees and the Centre’s Senior Management Team.

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. Our current trustee board comprises six men and three women; two of the nine are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic.

We want our board to reflect the diversity of the city we serve, so we particularly invite applications from women, people from minority ethnic and/or less advantaged backgrounds. We especially welcome applications from who have not previously served as trustees.

Application process

The recruitment process is an open one and conforms to good practice as set out by the Charity Commission. 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.

To apply:

  • Please follow this link to complete the application information.
  • Then email a short (one page) covering letter setting out your motivations and qualifications for the trustee role, along with a short CV to [email protected] with the subject line “Trustee Application”.
  • Please note your application will not be reviewed until you have completed the online form and emailed your application.

The appointment committee will review applications and invite shortlisted applicants for an interview later in the year.

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