The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust, founded in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield. Its mission is to fund research, analysis, and programmes that advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the United Kingdom. The Foundation is not simply an academic funding body, though the research it funds must stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny. All the Foundation's activities seek to advance social well-being across the domains of Education and Skills, Justice and Welfare, particularly for those whose opportunities are constrained by disadvantage at different points in their lives.
The Board of Trustees of the Nuffield Foundation seeks to appoint up to three new Trustees. These individuals will be committed to the mission of the Foundation. They will bring an understanding of how research funded by the Foundation can influence policy making and practice, with an academic authority and wider public impact to improve the lives and life chances of those the Foundation serves.
Under its current strategic plan, the Foundation has significantly increased its activity. It has more than doubled its spending on research grants, launching a £15m strategic fund. It has established two new bodies The Ada Lovelace Institute on the impact of AI and data on people and society, and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. The Foundation has for a number of years co-funded and housed The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the UK's national bioethics body, independent of Government.
Trustees are required to work with fellow Trustees to provide governance and strategic oversight, ensuring the organisation is well placed, and has the financial stability to deliver on its mission, objectives and ambition. Trustees approve decisions on major grants and awards. Each Trustee will use their specific skills, knowledge or experience to support aspects of the overall leadership and strategic development of the organisation. This may involve sitting on sub committees, leading discussions on key issues, providing advice and guidance on key aspects of the grant portfolio or other initiatives where the Trustee has expertise.
The Foundation seeks highly experienced, motivated and enthusiastic individuals. Successful candidates may have acquired the appropriate experience from a range of backgrounds, including the academic/research, public service, business and civil society domains. Previous Trustee experience is highly desirable, and although experience within the charity or academic sector is not essential, an understanding of, and commitment to, the philanthropic and public purposes of the Foundation will be needed.
The Nuffield Foundation has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on these appointments. For further information about the position and additional details on, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below.
The closing date for applications is 23:59, Tuesday 17 March 2020.