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Chair Runnymede Trust

This is a unique opportunity to lead and shape the future of the leading race equality think thank in the UK.

  • Salary: Unremunerated
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Established in 1968, Runnymede is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank. We generate intelligence to challenge race inequality in Britain, through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement. Our work focuses on building a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging.

This has been an intense and dramatic period. The inequalities laid bare due to Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matters protests have brought social and racial injustice and inequity to the fore, bringing an even greater focus and spotlight on the importance of our work. It has made us more determined than ever to ensure the urgency of racial inequality is understood and renews our efforts to end racism in all its shapes and forms.

As an organisation we have strengthened and grown during the past year. We are in a sound financial position and have developed our team and partnerships. We welcomed a new CEO, Halima Begum in 2020 and as we say goodbye to our longstanding Chair, Sir Clive Jones, CBE we stand at a point of great potential and opportunity.

Our new Chair will join us at a pivotal time, inheriting an exceptional platform and rich legacy on which to build. You will work with us to refresh our governance and shape our next strategy, so that we continue to maximise our impact.

We are looking for a thoughtful and collaborative leader, who will bring their governance experience to maximise the potential of our board. You will be passionate and knowledgeable about race equity and racial politics in the UK. You’ll navigate our landscape, bring diplomacy and know when to go toe to toe in hostile situations and manage political complexity. You will also possess the ability to stretch, support and challenge our CEO.

This will be a hugely rewarding role with the opportunity for the new Chair to be an ambassador and champion of the Runnymede Trust, while working alongside our trustees, Chief Executive and wider team, communities and partners.

As our next Chair you will play a vital role in amplifying the part we play on a national and indeed an international stage and continue to position us at the heart of the dialogue on race equality.

Our board meets bi-monthly with an annual strategy away day, other meetings and events, and so we expect the time commitment for the Chair to be circa one day per month.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

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Welcome

Runnymede is the UK’s oldest and most respected independent race equality think tank.

We generate intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, provoking debate, and ensuring policy engagement. Runnymede works to build a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging.

In order to effectively overcome racial inequality in our society, we believe that our democratic dialogue, policy, and practice, should be based on evidence from research and analysis. Our authoritative research-based interventions in social policy and practice plus our public engagement with decision-makers will assist policy-makers, practitioners, and citizens to reduce the risk of our society being blighted by racism and discrimination to the detriment of us all. Runnymede is independent and funded by donations. We would like to extend our deep gratitude to our trustees, and supporters, without whose support we could not continue our work.

Runnymede is looking for a Chair to join our Board of Trustees to support our leadership team taking the organisation into the future, whilst remaining true to our mission and values. As our Chair, you will share a passion for our work and are committed to Runnymede being an equal, diverse and inclusive organisation. We have bi-monthly meetings (a maximum of 6 meetings per year), a yearly away day to support the organisation’s strategy and planning, plus a few hours each month supporting our aims with your specific skills. The Board is responsible for safeguarding the ethos, values and purpose of Runnymede together with and informed by, the organisation’s employees to develop long-term strategies and plans.

Thank you for your interest in becoming our next Chair and we look forward to reading your application.

Best wishes,

Halima Begum and Sir Clive Jones CBE

About the Organisation

Runnymede Trust is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank. We generate intelligence to challenge racial inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement.

Since our inception in 1968, Runnymede has worked to build a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging.

In order to effectively overcome racial inequality in our society, we believe that our democratic dialogue, policy, and practice, should all be based on reliable evidence from rigorous research and thorough analysis.

Runnymede took its name from the field of Runnymede, in which the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215 over 800 years ago. The Magna Carta held the king accountable to the rule of law, just like his subjects.

Extending well beyond its original purpose, the Magna Carta has since become the cornerstone for many ensuing historic legal documents, such as the Human Rights Act. Under the Magna Carta, human rights and equality were granted official legal protection in Britain for the first time.

A right to equality in law and under public policy has, since that day, become an intrinsic part of what it means to be British. This premise – that we are all equal and deserve equal opportunities – is the one on which our organisation was founded and continues to operate today.

Runnymede Trust continues to work tirelessly to represent the lives of those millions of Britons who constitute this country’s Black and ethnic minority communities. Our authoritative research-based interventions assist practitioners, citizens and policy-makers, across the political spectrum, to achieve genuine racial equity in Britain.

Our Work

Runnymede’s projects and publications help build up a body of evidence on a wide range of areas that address key race equality challenges for public policy and public debate. Our research is wide-ranging and covers areas such as Brexit, Participation and Politics, Employment and Economy, Education, Criminal Justice, International, Equality and Integrations, and Covid to name a few.

Some of our recent publications include:

Proposed 2022 Board Dates

These can be subject to change as we ensure we operate flexibly.

Monday 21st February 2022, 6.30pm

Thursday 7th April 2022 (potential away day)

Thursday 2nd June 2022 , 11am

Thursday 4th August 2022, 11am

Thursday 13th October 2022, 11am (following audit)

Thursday 8th December 2022, 11am

Accessibility

The Runnymede Trust comprises a diverse staff and trustees. Access and inclusion are key priorities in designing, delivering and reviewing our services.

Reasonable adjustments will be made to arrangements and premises to ensure access for a diverse range of needs.

We also offer the following amenities;

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • Assistance/service dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • We provide a flexible working environment, including locations

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners

    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

    Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 23rd May 2022

    First stage interviews: Friday 10th June 2022

    Final stage interviews: Wednesday 15th June 2022

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