We are an independent charity that makes grants and uses our endowment towards a fair, resilient and sustainable economic system that serves people and planet. We connect, fund, support and invest in new thinking to shape a future economy that works for everyone.
About the role
We are looking for volunteer programme advisory group members with diverse knowledge and experience of different aspects of the economy to support our grant making and make objective assessments of first stage applications for funding. We are particularly interested in people with the following knowledge and expertise:
· ‘Lived experience’ of being marginalised in economic policy issues and/or of addressing systemic structural inequalities. This means a special focus on those with social identities across racialisation, class, gender, disability, age, faith, sexuality, age, class and geographic location.
· Communications or journalistic understanding of creating narratives, story-telling and public messaging about complex issues
· Non-mainstream perspectives on the economy (e.g. decolonial; ecological; feminist)
· Local economic perspectives, from a Local Authority, community coalitions or another funder
· Experience from within a community that will be directly affected by the transition of industry/energy (e.g changing to renewables, or automisation)
· The transition to a low carbon economy
· Democratising land-based assets, and the link between local economies/communities and land use and national policy
We would particularly welcome applications from people based in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Our developing a fairer economy programme is split into two categories: system change and local economies. We ask applicants to specify which one they wish to contribute to. Our advisory group is split to mirror these outcomes.
Our Systems Change strand is about ‘disruptive innovation’. This focuses on changing the economic system – exploring and informing changes to the regulatory, policy or other systemic levels that would develop innovations with the potential to deliver our aims.
Our Local Economies strand focuses on testing and reviewing local or small- scale initiatives that build better local economies. This might include creating community assets or new approaches to local finance.
We have a two-stage process, designed to offer feedback at an early stage to potential applicants and to limit further work with proposals that do not meet our criteria. The PAG advises on the first stage applications only, which comprise of a brief overview of around 1.5 A4 pages on proposed projects.
Following a probation period of two meetings, PAG members serve for 3 years, which may be renewed for a further 3.
2 – 3 hours per meeting
2 – 3 hours preparation work (this varies depending on number of applications)
Currently online. In the future there will be one physical meeting a year, in London, with the remainder held online. If getting to London would be problematic, an online only presence would be considered.
In 2021 the PAG group meets on:
19th July, 18th October (Local economies)
20th July, 19th October (Systems change)
Deadline for applications: 5pm 18th June 2021
Please submit your CV together with a covering letter outlining out your areas of interest and expertise and whether your expertise would best contribute to either the Systems Change or Local Economies part of the programme.
In your letter please indicate your availability for the Programme Advisory Group dates in 2021 (outlined above).
If we are interesting in hearing more from you we will contact you for an informal chat about the role in late June.
Please send all information by 5pm on 18th June to – FAO Joanne Wilce firstname.lastname@example.org