Chair | Early Intervention Foundation

Job Title: Chair | Early Intervention Foundation
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses
Reference: EIF - Chair
Contact Name: Emma Harvey
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 08, 2019 13:55

Job Description

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is a young, dynamic and ambitious charity established in 2013 to champion and support the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing negative outcomes.

As a member of the government’s What Works Network, EIF has a pivotal role as the go-to source for evidence and advice on early intervention for children and young people. We have a responsibility to communicate ‘what works’ in a way that is robust and transparent in the use of evidence, and also ensure that it is relevant and accessible for national and local audiences, including policymakers, public service commissioners and managers, frontline practitioners and service providers.

Our work extends across a range of social policy and service areas, including health, education, families and policing.

The role:

Our current Chair, Dame Clare Tickell, is standing down after five years in post. During her tenure Dame Clare has contributed significantly to the development and positioning of EIF. Over the past two years the charity has doubled its turnover and staffing and cemented its place as a respected leader in the field of early intervention. This year we became a key partner in the delivery of the Youth Endowment Fund, a bold initiative funded by the Home Office, to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending.

This is a time of change for EIF, as we grow and develop our team and our work, delivering on significant new projects and operating in a dynamic political context. We have recently recruited a number of new trustees, and have an engaged and accomplished board, and a capable and expert Chief Executive and Senior Management Team. We now wish to appoint an exceptional Chair who, working with the board and staff, will support the delivery of EIF’s strategy through creative, independent and informed thinking, and act as an ambassador for EIF alongside the Chief Executive.

We are two years into our five-year strategy: building our evidence base, making sure evidence is then used to change policy and practice, and continuing to build a strong, sustainable and effective organisation.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for an exceptional individual with a substantial track record in their field and with significant strategic leadership and governance experience. As well as providing effective and visible leadership internally, you will bring the gravitas and standing to perform an ambassadorial role. With a collaborative and enabling leadership style, you will be able to optimise the Board and senior management team’s effectiveness as a critical friend and mentor.

You will ideally have experience in an area pertinent to early intervention, such as health, children’s social care, education or criminal justice, but you could come from the public, voluntary or private sectors. You will understand how to navigate government and have credibility with EIF’s key stakeholders.

Most importantly, our new Chair will share EIF’s commitment to making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people nationwide and have an understanding of the importance of rigorous evidence in decision making.

The time commitment required will be 1-2 days per month and the role is unremunerated, although reasonable expenses are paid.

For more information and to apply, please visit Peridot Partners' job page via the application method on this site.

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners:

Emma Harvey | 07702 678653 |

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 |

Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th November 2019

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at EIF. It’s vital that our board and workforce reflects the diversity of our stakeholders and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities.