Chief Executive

We are seeking a visionary new CEO to lead our work on tackling inequality with communities through research and social innovation.

Contract:                Full-time

Salary:                    circa p.a £90,000 (+ benefits, including a generous pension scheme, and 28 days annual leave)

Location:                Bethnal Green, London

Closing date:         16th June 2017


With a formidable track record of confronting inequality we have spearheaded trailblazing work across the UK and internationally creating insight and innovations which put people at the heart of social change.

The Young Foundation came out of the Institute of Community Studies, led by the great sociologist Michael Young. Together we have created and supported over 80 social innovations including Which?, The Open University, Language Line, Social Innovation Exchange, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Uprising, Action for Happiness and the Studio Schools Trust.

Baroness Glenys Thornton became Chief Executive in 2015 and has led the organisation to a position of strength and pivotal influence with a highly successful series of programmes taking place both in the UK and internationally. These combine research with social innovations leading to action based change alongside communities. Current programmes include:

Research on MONDRAGON, the largest industrial Co-operative in the world,

Testing the effectiveness of a Guaranteed Minimum Income to tackle poverty in Barcelona.

Developing our community transformation initiatives, working across the UK,

Supporting a range of social innovations including Action for happiness, our Young Academy programme tackling educational disadvantage, and Roots Lab, piloting in Beirut, testing out how to create social change driven by young women activists, with FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund, Global Fund for Women and Oxfam

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