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Independent Chair Internet Matters

Lead the Board of Internet Matters and lead the way in children's online safety.

  • Location: Remote
  • Salary: Renumeration: £15,000 per annum
  • Closing date: Monday 9th September

Who we are

Internet Matters is a not for profit organisation dedicated to ensuring children can enjoy the internet and connected technology safely. Established in 2014 by BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media O2, we collaborate with leading industry partners to ensure more positive actions are taken to keep children safe and well online.

Our vision is to inspire leading organisations to create a future where all children and young people can safely benefit from the impact of connected technology. We strive to provide parents, carers, and professionals with evidence-based guidance to help children confidently embrace the internet.

Our campaigns and partnerships raise awareness to ensure children and young people are happy and healthy online. Furthermore, we represent the views and interests of families to policymakers, ensuring their voices are heard.

About the role

We seek an exceptional leader to join us as our new Independent Chair, guiding our mission and vision forward.

As Chair, you will lead our Board of Directors, which is made up of representatives from our Members and Joint CEOs.

Our Chair also leads our CEO Governing Committee, which meets twice a year and ensures our Members and Joint CEOs are accountable for the organisation’s goals.

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Our Chair will provide inclusive leadership, fostering positive relationships with senior leaders across industries, parliamentarians, and policymakers.

In this role, the new Chair will guide Internet Matters to maximise its positive impact on society, supporting the development and delivery of our five-year strategy and annual plans.

We are looking for someone who will act as an ambassador for Internet Matters, enhancing our profile at external functions and media events, and actively engaging with senior industry leaders and government officials to support our strategic objectives.

Our Chair’s leadership will ensure the Board has the right balance of skills and experience. They will chair meetings impartially, bring objectivity to the decision-making process, and ensure that decisions are effectively implemented.

Building and maintaining strong, supportive relationships with the Joint CEOs is crucial. Our new Chair will maintain regular contact, providing necessary support while respecting the boundaries between roles.

We are looking for a Chair with experience of complexity and scale in a governance role who has strategic leadership experience with multiple stakeholders and who can showcase exceptional leadership and facilitation skills.

A proven track record of strategic leadership at a senior level is required, ideally within the children’s online safety sector or related fields. Having the ability to guide groups to consensus while, at times, being an ambassador, is key.

Time commitment

Our board of Directors meets quarterly, and our CEO Governing Committee meets twice yearly. We expect the overall time commitment to be the equivalent of approximately 15 days a year, which includes board meetings, preparation, attending IM-hosted events, one face-to-face event a year, and engagement with the board and our joint CEOs.

Why Join Us?

As we navigate the evolving regulatory landscape, the role of the Chair and their leadership will be crucial in supporting Internet Matter’s mission to protect children online.

This is an exciting opportunity to significantly impact children’s online safety at a key point in legislative change — and as this sector evolves.

This is an opportunity to work with a dedicated team and leading industry partners.

Your expertise and passion can help Internet Matters shape the future of online safety.


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 070497

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About us

Who are we?

Launched in May 2014 by our founding partners, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media O2, Internet Matters understands the challenges parents and carers face in navigating the ever-changing digital landscape. ​

As fellow parents, we get it. We know how hard it is to stay on top of internet safety, so we offer the best advice and information available to help you engage in your child’s online life and manage the risks they may face online.​

Collaborating with industry leaders like Samsung, Roblox and Meta, along with experts, government and schools, we provide families with tools, tips and resources.

Whether your child is taking their first steps online or you need guidance on a specific issue, our website has everything you need to make their online life fulfilling, fun and, above all, safe.

Together, we’ve got this.

What does Internet Matters do?

  • Support families and professionals

The rate of technological change affects our children’s world on a daily basis – and the challenges children face are unlike any other generation.

We create resources to help the rainbow of adults that surround a child, be those parents or professionals.

Most of our resources are created internally, but we also work with a number of respected experts who specialise in different online topics.

You’ll find articles, guides, and insight on the issues that matter most to ensure we give relevant, practical, research-based advice.

We provide tailored and age-specific information like our My Family’s Digital Toolkit and specially developed resources to help the most vulnerable online

Our work also supports teachers and schools who often find themselves at the frontline of challenging online situations.

  • Raise Awareness

We’re passionate about getting the right information to parents and have run several award-winning campaigns to raise awareness of the key issues children face.

  • Share Insight

To ensure our work is grounded in the needs of parents, carers, professionals and, most importantly, children and young people, we run a programme of regular research to make their voices heard.

  • Work with policymakers

We also work with policymakers across the political spectrum to present our point of view to the people making decisions.

We do this by responding to calls for evidence, consultations and systematic communications to policymakers, parliamentarians and regulators. These responses allow us to present our expertise and views to relevant people and thereby influence policymaking, take time to present parental insights and demonstrate the impact of our work.

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

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    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 2nd September 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By Friday 13th September 2024
    Meeting with our Joint CEOs: Tuesday 17th September 2024 (TBC)
    Interviews: Tuesday 24th September 2024 (TBC)

    Please note: we are in the process of confirming dates for meeting with our Joint CEOs and interviews. Once these have been finalised, we will update here and notify all who have already applied.


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    Peridot and Internet Matters are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We will send you an equality monitoring survey at the point of receiving your application, in the interview phase and at the time of placement. This ensures that our processes remain inclusive and equitable throughout, and provides us with important data to help us showcase our impact. The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practices. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.


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