Institute seeks new Trustees for Board

Published on 18 July 2017

IDS is looking for outstanding individuals to join its Board of Trustees. The role requires exceptional candidates with a strategic vision who are passionate about helping lead the Institute through the next phase of its development.

A keen interest in international development and empathy with the values of the Institute are essential including the ability to understand the role of research and knowledge in addressing the big challenges of global poverty and in their impact on policy, practice and individual lives. Candidates will have the skills to work with other Trustees to consolidate and develop the capacity of the Board as a whole, and to support and challenge the Director and the executive team to help the Institute to thrive in an increasingly competitive context and where development policymaking is increasingly complex. The role requires the Trustee to act with the framework of applicable UK company and charity legislation; to discharge their fiduciary duties; and to act at all times in the best interests of the Institute.

Trustees will:

  • attend meetings of the Board of Trustees
  • join one or more of the Board’s sub committees dealing with resources and audit, academic  programmes, nominations or remuneration
  • contribute to good governance practice in accordance with the governing documents and regulatory framework
  • with the rest of the Board, establish a strong, constructive and appropriately challenging relationship with the Institute’s Director
  • contribute to discussion and decision making about strategy and delivery across the Institute’s areas of activity.

There may also be occasional involvement in senior staff appointments; and occasional participation at other events such as seminars.

IDS Chair of the Board, Jonathan Kydd said:

“Our highly-valued Board is crucial to our success, and we are now looking to appoint new Trustees to work with the Board, Director, staff and partners in leading the Institute into the next stage of its future”.

IDS Director, Melissa Leach said:

“It is a privilege to lead IDS, which works with partners around the world to build the ideas, knowledge and evidence to tackle the most pressing global challenges of our time. We are at an exciting moment, midway through our current strategy, and looking to what the next stage should bring in a changing global development era. Our multi skilled, international Board of Trustees is critical to our governance, as well as an ever-valuable source of wisdom and advice on our vision, direction.”

How to apply

Completed application forms must be returned by 18 September 2017 to: Human Resources, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9RE Or email: [email protected]

Information Pack

Application Form

Key contacts

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Kiershen Mackenzie

Board and Governance Officer