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We currently have one vacancy and one invitation to tender.

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Chair of our Board (voluntary 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.

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.

How to apply and timetable

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. Applications should be sent by email to by the start of Monday 9 November 2020.

Please also contact 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.

Close Chair of our Board (voluntary role)

INVITATION TO TENDER: Researcher(s) for the project: Understanding and modelling the relationship between individual and place-based community wellbeing.