The Nationwide Foundation
Not For Profit
GBP Unremunerated


At the heart of what we do at the Nationwide Foundation is a commitment to tackling the root causes of social disadvantage and inequality. To do this we support and enable remarkable organisations and people that share our drive for finding ways to create long-term change. We also know that as well as funding others, we have a role in making that change happen.

In 2013, we launched the Decent Affordable Homes strategy to address the lack of good quality and affordable homes for people in need. This is a strategy that is about people, families and communities and one that we are committed to until at least 2026 in recognition of the complexity and severity of the housing crisis and its impacts.

We are now seeking a new chair to join the board in leading the Foundation’s strategic direction, financial management and governance. As an independent charity with a close working relationship with our funder, Nationwide Building Society, we are looking for an astute chair who brings a blend of corporate and charity experience. You will be a skilled and experienced chair, someone who knows how to get the best out of a board, rich with a diverse mix of talent and expertise. You need not come from a housing background - what you will bring is personal credibility, an exceptional ability for communicating and managing relationships and be an ambassador for the Foundation.

If you are passionate about change that will improve people’s lives, have the experience we are looking for, and are interested in becoming our new chair we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Following the appointment of the chair, we will be seeking two trustees to join our board. Trustees will have a strategic outlook and the personal credibility to contribute as part of an engaged and forward-thinking board. To register your interest in the Trustee roles please contact GatenbySanderson on the details below.

We value diversity and encourage applications from disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds as these are currently under represented on our board. 

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Recruitment timetable

Timetable of the recruitment process
Closing date Friday 23rd March 2018
Longlist meeting By Friday 6th April 2018
Shortlist meeting w/c Monday 23rd April 2018
Final Panel w/c Monday 7th May 2018

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Contact details

Juliet Brown
0113 205 6089
Julia St Clare
07794 562 088

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