Do you want to chair an impactful, international sustainability non-profit organisation effectively addressing critical global challenges by catalysing change in key systems?

Do you have a collaborative approach to relationship building, a successful track record of leading through change, experience in chairing, facilitating or convening and a commitment to our mission?

About the role

We are looking to appoint a skilful and positive Chair of Trustees for this crucial and complex time, supporting our future trajectory, and ensuring that Forum achieves maximum impact. You will join a passionate team of Trustees and an impactful Chief Executive and senior leadership team. The Chair will champion Forum’s values, provide inclusive leadership to the board of Trustees, ensure effective governance and have a strong focus on people and financial resilience (the full role description can be found here)

About us

For over 20 years, Forum has been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future. Current focus areas include keeping global warming to 1.5ºC, ensuring the sustainability of our food systems, and helping make supply chains more resilient and equitable.

We tackle the interconnected nature of these challenges by working alongside pioneering organisations to develop strategies that will help them change themselves and the systems around them; convening global cross-sectoral collaborations around key issues; and equipping organisations and individuals with the skills needed to take meaningful action - through direct coaching, and through our School of System Change.

Forum is poised to play a pivotal role in what is being called the ‘decade of delivery’, building on its extensive experience in working with large global companies and other organisations to drive systems change for sustainability. Using futures techniques (e.g. scenario planning) and systems change practices, Forum is helping organisations rise to the enormous challenge of climate change and deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are partnering with leading organisations across all sectors to support them in understanding how they can play a role in reimagining the systems we operate in, and ensuring that we emerge from this crisis into a truly sustainable, just, and more resilient world.     

Over the past five years we have seen significant shifts in our approach: transitioning from a UK-centric organisation to one that is international in its outlook and approach (with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai); developing more diverse funding streams; and refining its theory of change to ensure it is driving greatest impact.

We at Forum for the Future believe in being courageous, adaptive, inquisitive, respectful, empathetic and playful.

At Forum for the Future we are committed to equality of opportunity and strive to create an inclusive and diverse working environment for all.  We therefore welcome applications from all sections of our diverse international community and particularly from under-represented groups.

Time commitment and location

The board of Trustees meets a minimum of four times a year, generally held in afternoons. The chair is also expected to attend committee meetings and have regular discussions with the Chief Executive.

As an international board we hold many of our meetings virtually. As Chair you would be expected to be in London occasionally but need not be based there permanently.

Recruitment process

Nurole, a global hiring platform, are supporting us in our search. Please follow this link to apply for the role, and click "Request an Invitation". The team at Nurole will be happy to answer any questions about any step of the process. Alternatively, you may contact us direct with any process questions on [email protected].