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Applications now open to join the IDS Board of Trustees

Published on 5 February 2021

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is pleased to offer the opportunity to join our Board of Trustees and participate in delivering our mission in which we want a more equitable and sustainable world, where people everywhere can live their lives free from poverty and injustice.

Purpose of the role

To contribute as part of the board of trustees to the governance of the Institute in accordance with Charity Commission requirements and the Institute’s principles of effective governance. We are looking for three Trustees who fit under these profiles:

  • Profile 1 (two positions). Individuals with significant international reputations in the field of development studies research, particularly as academics or public intellectuals. One or both should be in the disciplinary field of economics.
  • Profile 2 (one position). An individual who has a proven and exceptional record of leadership in an institution of international development, including for example UN agencies, multilateral banks, ministries, bilateral donors, foundations, or large international NGOs.

Chair of the IDS Board of Trustees, Professor Deepak Nayyar says: ‘IDS aspires to make a positive difference in the world, helping to tackle the many global challenges that affect us all. I joined IDS as Chair of the Board of Trustees in August 2020 in what has been an extraordinary year. I have been impressed by the calibre of the institute’s research, the quality of its partnerships, its robust financial health in challenging times, and the collective commitment to sustainable development.

Our Board of Trustees is a talented group of individuals with a diverse and rich experience, which works in a constructive, mutually supportive and collaborative way to discharge its duties in governance of the institution. It is also engaged in setting policy, charting direction, evaluating performance, and evolving a longer-term strategic perspective. I welcome your interest in IDS’.

About IDS

Our reputation for research and international outlook is second to none and reflected in our performance in the latest QS World University Rankings where we are ranked first in the world for development studies, together with the University of Sussex. We are also ranked as the number one international development think-tank by the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

IDS delivers world-class research, learning and teaching that transforms the knowledge, action and leadership needed for more equitable and sustainable development globally.

Applications process

To be considered for one of these roles, please email your CV plus a brief covering letter to Mr. Tim Catherall (Company Secretary) at [email protected] by midnight (GMT) on Friday 26 February 2021.

CVs will be considered by the Nominations and Governance committee, with appointees invited to observe a Board meeting in July and be formally appointed from 1 August 2021.

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Key contacts

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Tim Catherall

Director of Finance and Operations

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