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Board Trustee

Pro Bono Economics
London (South), London (Greater)
Unremunerated role + expenses
Closing date
5 Feb 2021

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Trustees & Chair
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Charities need economists.
(And we’ve got the data to prove it.)

Board Trustee

Unremunerated role + expenses

In an ideal world, charities should profoundly understand their impact – both in order to make the strongest possible case for support, and to be sure they’re making the most of every pound entrusted to them. But measuring social impact is a difficult thing to do well, and too often it ends up marooned on the ‘no time yet’ list.

Pro Bono Economics (PBE) understands this, and was set up in 2009 to help charities and social enterprises better understand and improve their impact and value. A charity ourselves, we harness tools and insights from economics to improve both policy and practice, so that we and our charity partners can promote wellbeing and contribute to a healthier civil society. With over 500 volunteer professional economists donating their expertise and insight free of charge, PBE has to date helped almost 450 charities, covering a wide range of issues including mental health, education, homelessness, employment and poverty.

Our work will never be more vital than in the coming decade, as the UK recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. So this opportunity to join our Trustee Board offers an uniquely absorbing, rewarding role at the forefront of making things better.

Led by our Chair, Lord Gus O’Donnell, our Trustees oversee PBE’s governance, compliance, strategy and planning. We advise and support the management team, enabling them to achieve our aims as effectively as possible. While we all have a passion for economics and the impact the discipline can make, we are not all professional economists; indeed, for this role we are keen to hear from candidates with direct, practical experience of leading and managing within the charity sector.

The wider non-executive repertoire – independence of thought, an enquiring mind, commitment to the principles of public life, ability to absorb and interrogate complex information and draw sound conclusions – is non-negotiable; but we recognise that candidates may exhibit all of these skills and behaviours without yet having held a non-executive role, and would encourage those looking for their first trusteeship to get in touch. Finally, diversity of perspectives, background and insight are invaluable in our work, and we would particularly like to hear from candidates whose professional and personal profiles will bring new understanding and capacity to the Board.

To find out more, please visit our website by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button below. For an informal discussion, please contact Shani Newbold at Cadence Partners on +44 (0)20 7947 4960 or email If you require the candidate materials in an alternative format, please request it in your initial contact.

Closing date: 08th February 2021.

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