We are recruiting two new steering board members

Role and person description:

  • Role type: Voluntary
  • Location: Can be based anywhere in the UK but may need to travel to London for steering board meetings. Expenses will be covered for travel to board meetings. We can also arrange to have members video call in to meetings rather than attending in person should that be more convenient.
  • Time commitment: Meetings will last half a day and will take place four times a year.
  • Application deadline: Close of play, 18 April 2020.
  • Interviews: We will aim to have interview dates as soon as possible but these will depend on developments regarding Covid-19.

About Common Wealth

Our goal is simple: the steady and irreversible replacement of today’s unequal, extractive economy with one where freedom, solidarity, and dignity are a universal inheritance. Common Wealth is a think tank that designs ownership institutions for the new economy, institutions that are democratic by design, inclusive in action, and social in purpose. Systemic change will require a new architecture of ownership, from place-based approaches to strategies to democratise capital at scale, from the commons to cooperatives.  

Key responsibilities of the Steering Board

  • Attend half a day meetings, four times a year.
  • Advise on and help to develop Common Wealth’s strategy.
  • Contribute where appropriate to the development of internal policies and processes.
  • Support the achievements of the objectives, visions and values of Common Wealth.
  • Broaden Common Wealth’s stakeholder networks.
  • Review and comment on documents submitted to the steering board, including budgets.
  • Pro-actively contributing ideas and expertise and raising opportunities and concerns related to Common Wealth.
  • Commit to Board membership of Common Wealth for a minimum period of 2 years (unless exceptional circumstances arise).

What skills and experience are we looking for?

It is essential that steering group members must:

  • Have a strong commitment to and understanding of the aims of Common Wealth.  
  • Be an excellent communicator with leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Be able to both empower Common Wealth employees and networks.
  • Be able to challenge supportively.
  • Be and able to work in a diverse team of people from different personal, professions and political backgrounds.

Previous experience on boards is not a necessity, but we are particularly keen to hear from people with knowledge of and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Campaigning for environmental systems change
  • Local authorities
  • Financial management and fundraising
  • The trade union movement

We especially encourage applications from anyone who: identifies as a woman or as non-binary; identifies as LGBTQIA+; lives with a disability or disabilities; is or has lived experience of being working class; and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates.

How to apply

Applications should include a one-page cover letter and a CV.
Enquiries and applications should be sent to:
board@common-wealth.co.uk by 18 April 2020.