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The Board of Trustees of the Resolution Foundation invite applications of interest to join them as a Fellowship Trustee. This is a new and rare opportunity for a mid-career professional to get hands-on insight into the role and function of a Board of Trustees in the charitable think tank sector.

Alongside contributing into board meetings where strategic plans and organisational budgets are discussed and agreed, the Fellowship Trustee will be mentored by another member of the Board and invited to attend RF events, shadow members of the Senior Management Team and take part in governance training.

This is a two-year associate member position, providing opportunity to work closely with our experienced Board, developing skills in charity governance. The objective is to equip the successful candidate with the experience and confidence needed to step into a trustee position elsewhere in the sector.

What does the role involve?

Our existing team of trustees led by Clive Cowdery, Founder and Chair, oversee the work of a highly impactful organisation managed by Torsten Bell, Chief Executive. The Foundation is a small friendly group with high standards and an extensive output and the Board works closely with senior management to deliver our ambitious plans.

Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it is effectively carrying out its purposes for public benefit and complying with charity law, statutory regulations and other relevant legislation. Trustees safeguard the charity’s people and resources, ensuring maximum benefit for beneficiaries, and help to devise strategy, offering guidance and expertise as required.

As the Foundation seeks to strengthen its role as the UK’s leading home of expertise on living standards, and bring about economic and social change, it will draw on the insights of an expanded and diverse trustee group.

The Fellowship Trustee will take part in all the activity of the Board, contributing to key decisions about strategy, governance and finance, but they will not have formal voting rights. It’s an opportunity to experience the role of trustee at a high-profile economic think tank, enjoying full participation in the shared responsibility of the Board without being legally responsible for the charity’s funds and activity.

What kind of person are we looking for?

First and foremost, we are looking for an individual who is passionate about improving living standards for those on low and middle incomes. You are probably currently working in the public policy arena with an interest and knowledge of economics, policy making and / or matters relating to the labour market. We’re looking for individuals with three to five years managerial experience in a relevant professional role, but with no previous experience of trustee work. The role would suit a dedicated professional who is looking to expand their experience with a view to progressing into a senior role. Most important is the desire to understand how a Board in the charity sector works and a willingness to try something new.

What is the time commitment?

Board meetings are held in person four times a year in our London office. It may be possible to attend some Board / other meetings remotely, but we envisage the majority of the Fellowship Trustee’s interaction with the team will be face to face, in order to maximise the development opportunities available. The Fellowship Trustee will also be invited to attend RF public events and informal meetings with relevant members of the Senior Management Team. Board roles are voluntary, unpaid positions, but travel and other expenses will be covered.

Diversity at the Resolution Foundation

The Resolution Foundation values and is committed to increasing diversity within both our own organisation and the economic policy making sector more widely and we are particularly keen to attract applications for the Fellowship Trustee position from under-represented communities and groups. For more information about our ongoing work in this area, please see our recruitment brochure. If you are interested in applying and would like to speak to someone informally to assess whether we are the right organisation for you, please contact our Senior Resources Manager,

In line with our determination to attract a diverse team, we regularly analyse a variety of diversity statistics in order to inform the focus of our work in this area. To help with this, we would be grateful if you would also complete the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on the application platform. Any information you provide is collated anonymously and used solely to track the effectiveness of our recruitment campaign.

Closing date: 08:59am on 4 October 2022

Interviews: week beginning 17 Oct 2022

For more information on how to apply, please download the application pack.

For more information about what it is like to work at the Foundation, please download our recruitment brochure.

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