Chair - The Runnymede Trust - CLOSED

Posted 28 July 2023
Salary Unremunerated

Job description

For more than 50 years, the Runnymede Trust has worked tirelessly to build a Britain in which we all belong.

Their independence means they can speak truth to power on race and racism without fear or favour, never swayed by political agenda, profit or popular opinion. From broadening the curriculum to exposing the Windrush scandal, the trust's work is rooted in challenging structural racism and its impact on our communities. Their authoritative research-based interventions equip decision makers, practitioners and citizens with the knowledge and tools to deliver genuine progress towards racial equality in Britain.

Under the thoughtful and courageous leadership of their outgoing Chair, Sir Clive Jones, the last decade has seen Runnymede consolidate and extend their position right at the heart of the urgent conversations which are shaping a better society. The twin catalysts of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement changed the paradigm in significant ways, and Runnymede responded with both passion and pace. Their work has moved the Overton window much further towards a progressive and equitable understanding of persistent structural oppression and racism.

The new Chair will join a highly respected Board, whose work is underpinned by objectivity and integrity. Able to lead reflective strategic discussions and assure outstanding governance, the successful candidate will also support a hugely talented executive team which is hungry to continue the trajectory of recent years. While this does mean building capacity, it doesn’t necessarily mean growth at all costs; rather, Runnymede want to be able to identify where theit contribution will have the greatest ‘multiplier effect’, and ensure that they are structured in a way that allows them to focus their efforts on nurturing lasting social justice.

Candidates will have an extensive personal and professional repertoire: brave, rigorous, humane, forensic in making the case for change, and highly skilled at building the kinds of relationships which get things done. The trust is at its most effective when it is recognised as independent and authoritative, and you will understand the vital importance of gaining trust and confidence across the board. There’s no denying the complexity and nuance of this role; but if you’re ready to lead the national dialogue, promote equality, and eliminate racism in the UK, there’s no better place to stand.

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Closing date: midnight, Sunday 3 September 2023.