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Chair – Early Intervention Foundation

Early Intervention Foundation

Passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children? This is an incredible opportunity to join the Early Intervention Foundation as their new Chair.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is a young, dynamic and ambitious charity established in 2013 to champion and support the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing negative outcomes.

As a member of the government’s What Works Network, EIF has a pivotal role as the go-to source for evidence and advice on early intervention for children and young people. We have a responsibility to communicate ‘what works’ in a way that is robust and transparent in the use of evidence, and also ensure that it is relevant and accessible for national and local audiences, including policymakers, public service commissioners and managers, frontline practitioners and service providers.

Our work extends across a range of social policy and service areas, including health, education, families and policing.

The role:

Chair Recruitment for EIF

Our current Chair, Dame Clare Tickell, is standing down after five years in post. During her tenure Dame Clare has contributed significantly to the development and positioning of EIF. Over the past two years the charity has doubled its turnover and staffing and cemented its place as a respected leader in the field of early intervention. This year we became a key partner in the delivery of the Youth Endowment Fund, a bold initiative funded by the Home Office, to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending.

Chair recruitment for the Early Intervention Foundation

This is a time of change for EIF, as we grow and develop our team and our work, delivering on significant new projects and operating in a dynamic political context. We have recently recruited a number of new trustees, and have an engaged and accomplished board, and a capable and expert Chief Executive and Senior Management Team. We now wish to appoint an exceptional Chair who, working with the board and staff, will support the delivery of EIF’s strategy through creative, independent and informed thinking, and act as an ambassador for EIF alongside the Chief Executive.

We are two years into our five-year strategy: building our evidence base, making sure evidence is then used to change policy and practice, and continuing to build a strong, sustainable and effective organisation.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for an exceptional individual with a substantial track record in their field and with significant strategic leadership and governance experience. As well as providing effective and visible leadership internally, you will bring the gravitas and standing to perform an ambassadorial role. With a collaborative and enabling leadership style, you will be able to optimise the Board and senior management team’s effectiveness as a critical friend and mentor.

You will ideally have experience in an area pertinent to early intervention, such as health, children’s social care, education or criminal justice, but you could come from the public, voluntary or private sectors. You will understand how to navigate government and have credibility with EIF’s key stakeholders.

Most importantly, our new Chair will share EIF’s commitment to making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people nationwide and have an understanding of the importance of rigorous evidence in decision making.

The time commitment required will be 1-2 days per month and the role is unremunerated, although reasonable expenses are paid.

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:
Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk or
Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th November 2019

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at EIF. It’s vital that our board and workforce reflects the diversity of our stakeholders and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Emma Harvey

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Dear Applicant,

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF).

We are an ambitious charity and government What Works Centre championing and supporting the use of effective early intervention for children at risk of experiencing negative outcomes, with our work stretching across health, education, families, criminal justice and beyond.

I joined EIF as Chair five years ago, over which time we have strengthened our position as a respected leader in the field of early intervention. Our current Chief Executive joined in 2017 and has driven our work to disseminate and drive the adoption of our evidence base to change practice and policy at a national and local level. We have strengthened our organisational capability and performance – including doubling our turnover and staffing in two years. We are also working in partnership to deliver the Youth Endowment Fund – a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending, funded by the Home Office.

We are now in year two of our five-year strategy, focusing on delivering our ambitions to make the social and economic case for early intervention, generating evidence, and disseminating that evidence to change policy and practice. We are also continuing our work to ensure we are a strong, sustainable and effective organisation.

As Chair you would be joining an organisation with an engaged and accomplished board, and a capable and expert Chief Executive and Senior Management Team.

If you share my passion for making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people nationwide, then please do read on.

Dame Clare Tickell
Chair, Early Intervention Foundation

Who are the Early Intervention Foundation?

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is a young, dynamic and ambitious charity established in 2013 to champion and support the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing poor outcomes.

As a member of the government’s What Works Network, EIF has a pivotal role as the go-to source for evidence and advice on effective early intervention for children and young people.

EIF has grown to become a team of over 30 staff, covering research, policy & practice, communications and operations functions. In 2018/19, EIF had a turnover of £1.65m.

What do we do?

Chair recruitment for the Early Intervention Foundation

EIF is a research charity, focused on promoting and enabling an evidence-based approach to early intervention.

  • We make the case for effective early intervention, to ensure it is prioritised and invested in at both the national and local level.
  • We conduct research, bringing together and synthesising the evidence from scientific studies, tests and evaluations of early intervention programmes and practices, and the expertise and experiences of people working in early intervention.
  • We publish reports to disseminate the findings, conclusions and recommendations from our research, and produce resources to translate this research into practical guidance and tools.
  • We work with government and all levels of the early intervention sector to ensure this evidence is used in decisions about how early intervention is supported and implemented, from national policy to frontline practice.

Our work focuses on the developmental issues that can arise during a child’s life, from birth to the age of 18, including their physical, cognitive, behavioural and social and emotional development. As a result, our work covers a wide range of policy and service areas, including health, education, families and policing.

Our work in local areas

EIF works with local partners to extend the reach and impact of effective early intervention approaches. Since the organisation was established in 2013 we have worked with early intervention decision-makers, commissioners, service providers and practitioners in over 50 local places.

Our work in local areas has given us an in-depth understanding of the challenges of trying to deliver early intervention in a difficult financial climate, and the kinds of evidence-based information that decision-makers and practitioners need.

How are we funded?

As a charity, EIF receives funding from a range of sources, including contracts, grants, sponsorship and donations from government, trusts and foundations, corporations and individuals.

Currently, EIF receives around three-quarters of its funding via a cross-government grant from a consortium of government departments and agencies, made up of the Department for Education, Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England.

Current or recent non-governmental funders include ESRC and the Battersea Power Station Foundation.

More information

Early Intervention Foundation website

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Organisation Chart

Annual report

Our strategy

Realising the potential of early intervention

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Emma Harvey | 07702 678653 | emma@peridotpartners.co.uk 

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability for the role against the experience, knowledge & understanding criteria in the person specification, and explain your motivation for applying for the role.

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Our people are at the heart of everything we do at EIF. It’s vital that our board and workforce reflects the diversity of our stakeholders and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Timetable:

Please make a note of the interview dates as these dates cannot be changed.

Closing date: Monday 18th November 2019
Potential informal meeting with CEO: Tuesday 3rd December
Panel interviews: Thursday 5th December

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