Join Demos’ Board of Trustees

Demos is looking for new Trustees – applications close 20th August 2019

Demos was founded in 1993, with the aim of bringing people into the public policy process. 

Roll forward twenty-six years. 

Our world is changing faster than ever and a range of forces are driving a politics of division that is destroying our capacity to respond. 

Britain needs to get it together: rebuild a cohesive demos, an optimistic sense of national purpose and identity that can end this age of outrage. That will only be possible if we secure power and voice for individuals; connection for communities and a stake in the economy for every worker and every consumer.  Only these changes can rebuild the trust we need to live together and prosper through the coming decades of change.

Demos is a champion of people, ideas, and democracy, working to heal national divisions, empowering citizens and renewing politics after the trauma of the Brexit process. We exist to generate ideas for a connected, optimistic future. 

It is an exciting time for us as a cross-party think tank and there is a lot to do. 

Over the last year and a half, Demos’ CEO Polly McKenzie, working alongside the board, has given Demos a fresh and exciting direction, transformed our finances and developed new research tools for public engagement and deliberation. We are now looking for up to four trustees who want to be part of this journey and this new phase for the organisation. 

We are a small, highly committed board. Some members have been part of Demos’ journey for a long time, some have recently joined. We are planning to strengthen and diversify our board and are particularly interested in individuals with experience in the following sectors: media and journalism; private wealth; and business. Demos is committed to increasing cultural and gender diversity amongst Trustees as well as across the organisation. 

If you feel inspired by our mission and want to be part of our journey, we would love to talk to you. The Nominations Committee will review all applications and interview shortlisted candidates.

With best wishes

Dame Julie Mellor


Role & Responsibilities

  • Upholding and adhering to the highest standards of governance
  • Ensuring we meet our fiduciary and wider legal responsibilities
  • Contribute to our strategic direction and how we can most effectively deliver  
  • Scrutinising performance and holding the executive team to account for delivery against strategic objectives
  • Being an ambassador for Demos and support the executive team in fundraising

Formal guidance on the responsibilities of trustees is issued by the Charity Commission: see Guidance Note CC03:

Which all trustees are given upon appointment.

Conflict of Interest

Trustees should avoid any conflict between their personal interests and those of the charity and must declare any known interests where there may be conflicts. If you wish to discuss any potential conflict of interest before applying, please contact us. 

The Commitment

Our trustees have an important role to play in the future development and continued success of Demos. We require:

  • Attendance at the board of Trustees meetings: 4 to 6 a year, on average lasting around 3 hours;
  • Attendance at an annual away day to focus on board effectiveness and future strategy;
  • In addition you may be asked to be member of a board committee, which generally meets up to 4 times a year;
  • The term appointment will be 3 years, renewable for a further 3 years. 

Selection process

  • Please send a CV and a personal statement to Bibi Nubir: [email protected] by 20th August;
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be completed by early October; 
  • If you haven’t heard from us by the 15th October, you will not have been successful.

Person Specifications

We are seeking the following characteristics:

  • A sound and well developed appreciation of governance and an ability to judge how to effectively manage the boundaries between non exec and exec roles   
  • Strong and well developed networks, bringing contacts and relationships to Demos, particularly those that will bring in funds
  • Ideally a background in: media and journalism; law; private wealth; or business
  • Analytical skills and wise judgement
  • Sound financial skills  
  • Excellent influencing and networking skills  
  • A team player who can work collaboratively with the board, challenging constructively when necessary  
  • A desire to increase knowledge and understanding and a commitment to the mission and values of the organisation  
  • Knowledge of statutory and charity regulations and guidelines – desired but not essential.