Centre for Ageing Better


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Not for Profit

  • Salary/Remuneration

    This role is unremunerated

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    27 October 2018

  • Client

    Centre for Ageing Better

Ref: GSe46010


Our ageing society is both our biggest social change and our greatest achievement: a person aged 65 today can expect to live to 85, nearly 10 years longer than their parents’ generation. For many, this is an opportunity. For some, this is not.

The Centre for Ageing Better is a charity, funded by an endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, working to create a society where everyone enjoys a good later life. We want more people to be in fulfilling work, in good health, living in safe, accessible homes and connected communities. By focusing on those approaching later life and at risk of missing out, we will create lasting change in society. We are bold and innovative in our approach to improving later lives. We work in partnership with a diverse range of organisations. As a part of the What Works network, we are grounded in evidence.  

Since our establishment in 2015, Ageing Better has built a reputation as a leading authority on ageing. With strong partnerships in place, we have positively influenced national policy on a wide range of issues including the Housing White Paper, the Cridland Review of State Pension Age, the Industrial Strategy, and the Health and Work Green Paper. We are now at a pivotal point in our development, having recently launched an ambitious new strategy that will require us to be bold, to move at pace, to be highly effective at influencing a wide range of stakeholders, including the private sector, and to develop and maintain impactful partnerships. We will also continue to develop a strong analysis and evidence base to support the changes we want to see.

We’re looking for a Chair who can lead and inspire our Board and senior team in a new era of ground breaking achievement. This is a substantial, high profile appointment requiring stature, maturity of experience and wide-ranging networks ideally spanning different sectors. Ageing Better’s vision cannot be delivered by one organisation alone; it requires action by national and local government, public services, the voluntary and community sector and the private sector. As our next Chair, you will bring your influence to bear across different professional environments and be immediately credible with all stakeholders.

A strong ambassador and persuasive communicator, you will also share our values and passion for people. We have an energetic, committed board with a broad range of experience, ideas and approaches, so we are looking for someone with an inclusive approach. Strategic acumen, sound judgement and an emotionally intelligent approach to those around you will also be essential.

Closing DateMonday 22 October 2018
Longlist MeetingEnd of w/c 29 October 2018
Structured discussions with longlisted candidates (with GatenbySanderson)w/c 5 November 2018
Shortlist MeetingEnd of w/c 12 November 2018
Informal conversations with shortlisted candidates and key stakeholdersTo follow shortlisting
Final Panel Interviewsw/c 26 November 2018

To express an interest in this role and to be considered, please submit the following via the GatenbySanderson website:

  • a covering letter that:
    • addresses Part One of the person specification
    • tells us why you want to join the Centre for Ageing Better
  • an up-to-date CV / record of your achievements to date
  • details of your availability on the dates provided in the indicative timetable

Please also ensure that you have completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form provided on this site. The information on the form will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. The form will not be treated as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Monday 22nd October 2018.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion, then GatenbySanderson will be pleased to take your call – please contact the team on 0207 426 3373. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.