Founding Chair


What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care
Not For Profit
GBP Remunerated under contract to Nesta


The new What Works Centre is an incredible opportunity to make a difference to the lives of children and their families. Every year, over 700,000 children and young people, along with their families, have contact with the children’s social care sector. How they are supported can have huge effects which last throughout their lives.

Many organisations – including local and national government, as well as voluntary and private sector agencies - are striving to improve the support that they provide. With so much innovation taking place, the sector needs an independent authority to look across all of this work, build the evidence on what works and ensure that evidence is accessed and acted upon.

The new What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is seeking our Founding Chair.. You will be an established leader, with a deep commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people, and an understanding of our context. You will guide the development of the Centre’s initial strategy, build the board and the executive team, and bring into being the independent and influential What Works Centre which the sector needs.

You will have exceptional strategic leadership skills and an understanding of how to set up a new organisation. Setting our strategy and communicating a compelling vision will be critical and we are seeking someone with an outstanding ability to build and develop relationships with senior stakeholders across a wide range of organisations, including government. You will be comfortable dealing with ambiguity, change and political nuance. Furthermore, you will be committed to good governance and will demonstrate the highest standards of conduct and integrity.

For an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants, Katy Giddens (020 2426 3973) or Juliet Brown (0113 205 6083).

The closing date is Friday 4th May.

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Recruitment timetable

Timetable of the recruitment process
Closing Date Friday 4th May 2018
Preliminary Interviews w/c 14th May 2018 & w/c 21st May 2018
Final Panel Interview w/c 4th June 2018 or 11th June 2018

To apply for this post, please submit:

• a comprehensive CV
• a detailed supporting statement that:

  • fully addresses the appointment criteria as set out in the person specification (maximum 3 sides of A4), and your motivation for the role
  • includes details of two referees who we would be able to contact if required

You will also be asked to complete an online equal opportunities monitoring form as part of your application. The information will be treated as confidential, and used for statistical purposes only. This information will not be treated as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is: 4th May 2018.

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