Chief Operating Officer

Discipline: Operations

Sector: Charity

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 14/05/2021

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: c. £85,0000 per annum


Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit, employing eighty people across our four locations in India, Singapore, the US and the UK. For 25 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate transformation toward a just and regenerative future. Through our programmes we are actively catalysing change on key global challenges and building the capacity of individuals and organisations to act more systemically. At this critical moment in time, we are working with actors across all sectors to imagine a radically different future and understand their role in change.

2020 was a year of profound disruption which continues to fundamentally challenge many of the certainties on which we have built our collective response to sustainability issues. It also represents an opportunity to truly build back differently by taking transformative action that places sustainability at the heart of the systems on which we rely, to reset ambition so that the focus shifts to the truly just and regenerative future need. The choices we make in the next six to eighteen months will either enable a deep, systemic transformation, or they will entrench a short-term, incremental-change approach that will present inherent risks and fail to address the climate, biodiversity and social crises we all face.

We are looking for an inspirational, collaborative, values-led Chief Operating Officer to deliver effective, enabling operational leadership across Forum as we seek to model, as an organisation, the transformation we aim to enable in the world. Together with our senior management team and myself, as well as our Board of Trustees, you will ensure the delivery of our operational plans enable and inspire a thriving and resilient organisation.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven experience in a leadership role;
  • Experience at Board level and ability to work in collaboration with Trustees and colleagues;
  • Capability of leading a range of support functions in an international organization;
  • Experience of different funding types and business models and a thorough understanding of UK charity law and governance.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual. We are seeking a confident, dynamic and engaging individual with excellent communication skills and confidence to operate at the highest levels. Just as critical for us are the personal qualities that enable effective working in a matrixed international structure: a collaborative approach, an inspirational leadership style, a commitment to equality and diversity and a commitment on both personal and organisational learning.

For more information please visit our dedicated microsite here:

If you believe you have what it takes please submit your CV, with a supporting statement describing why you would be the best person to join this team and make Forum For the Future the best it can be.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact our exclusive recruitment partner, Bryony Feeney, via the Allen Lane agency website.

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