Chair of the Board

  • Job Reference: 00000307-1
  • Date posted: 5 October 2020
  • Recruiter: The What Works Centre for Wellbeing
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/benefits: This role is unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid
  • Sector: Corporate, Health, Mental Health, Other, Umbrella, Support & Volunteering
  • Job type: Trustee
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job description



Thank you for your interest in this role. 

We are seeking to recruit a new Chair of our Board of Directors for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing (the Centre), the UK’s premier organisation committed to creating a robust evidence base for improving wellbeing in society.  You will take the reins when our current Chair steps down in April 2021 after six years in the role and guide the organisation in the next phase of its journey.

The profile of wellbeing has never been higher and the Centre has played a key role in advancing understanding of why it’s important, what drives improvement and how that can be achieved.  The Coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on wellbeing inequalities and the resulting human and economic costs.  As we emerge from that crisis and seek to find our place in a post-Brexit world there will be an ever-greater need for sound, practical guidance to help ensure that wellbeing can support a cohesive society and a productive economy.

You will lead a well-motivated and balanced Board that sets the strategic direction for the Centre and ensures effective governance.  You will engage with academics from a wide range of disciplines and you will have the opportunity to influence policy makers in government, business and the voluntary sector. You will exercise your existing intellectual and persuasive skills but you will also learn a great deal in an environment where happiness is a fundamental goal.  

If you care about the future direction of our society and want to make a difference to the lives of our fellow citizens then we want to hear from you.  Inclusion is a core value for the Centre and we welcome applications that represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Terms of appointment 

This appointment will be for a term of three years with a possible extension for a further three year term.

The role is unremunerated. However, reasonable expenses will be paid.

The role will require a time commitment of around 4 days a month on average inclusive of board meetings. Board meetings currently take place 5 times a year in London or virtually with an additional away day once a year. 

How to apply and timetable

 Download the candidate briefing pack to read the job description and more information about this role.

Applicants should prepare a short statement setting out their reasons for wishing to be considered for the role and the skills/qualities they would bring to the organisation.  Statements should not exceed two pages in length and must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae. 

Please click the 'Apply for this job now' button to apply. Applications should be sent by the start of Monday the 9th November 2020.

Please also email us by clicking this link if you would like to arrange a conversation with our outgoing chair Dr Paul Litchfield.

Interviews will be held virtually in the last week in November.

It is anticipated that this appointment will be confirmed in early December to allow for a handover period between the outgoing and incoming chairs across the first three months of 2021.