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Trustees
Institute for Public Policy Research

Job Description

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is the UK’s pre-eminent progressive think tank. We’re looking to recruit inspirational individuals to join our Board of Trustees.

The recruitment of new trustees comes at an exciting time for the Institute. We have recently launched the IPPR Centre for Economic Justice, following on from our flagship Commission on Economic Justice. The Commission involved leading figures from business, trade unions and civil society, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, General Secretary of the TUC, and Head of the City of London Corporation alongside community activists and organisers. 

IPPR works across the full range of public policy. We are at the forefront of shaping the policy response to climate change, shifting patterns of work, and new demands on the welfare state. Our recent report on climate change — This is a Crisis — achieved significant cut through to public debate. Our research helped secure a new funding settlement for the NHS and to inform the debate on Brexit. The Institute is unique among major think tanks for its presence across the UK – with dedicated think tanks for Scotland and for the north of England, based in Edinburgh and Manchester respectively. 

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight and governance of the Institute. The Trustees currently meet four times a year for around 2 hours and attendance is expected at least at three of these meetings. The Board of Trustees is chaired by Jess Search, founder and Chief Executive of DocSociety, and includes people from all walks of life—business, the arts, academia and politics. More information about current Trustees is available on our website www . ippr . org. 

As a trustee you will be part of a progressive organisation, therefore we will be looking for individuals with an ability to think creatively, willingness to speak their mind, ability to work as part of a team, with a strategic vision and a commitment to the organisation.

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. As an organisation engaging in critical debate about a wide range of progressive policy issues, we value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse Trustee Board can provide.

Trustee role

> Provide strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance

> Support the Director of IPPR to help the organisation to flourish in a complex and ever-changing public policy context

> Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations, for the public benefit

> Safeguard IPPR's reputation and values and ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the Institute and assist with fundraising and networking

As a charity, the position on the Board is not remunerated, though all reasonable expenses will be paid. 

Please send a CV with a cover letter setting out your motivation for joining the Board of Trustees and what you would be able to bring to the role to Monica De Stefanis, M . DeStefanis @ ippr . org before midnight on 8th April 2019. 

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