Chair of Board of Trustees

30 August 2017

Oxford Research Group (ORG) is seeking a new Chair to lead its Board of Trustees from early 2018.

ORG has been active since the 1980s in providing independent research and analysis on defence, security and conflict issues, building trust and exploring alternatives with policy-makers, military, academia and civil society. Over the last 15 years we have also worked extensively but discreetly on dialogue and strategic approaches to conflict resolution in the Middle East. We are thus a charity and both a think tank and a practitioner NGO.

ORG is at an exciting stage of its development. Since 2015 we have successfully implemented an ambitious organisational development plan that has focused and expanded the scope of our work on UK defence and security policy and conflict issues in the Middle East and North Africa, strengthened our team of researchers, analysts, facilitators and advocates, and upgraded our governance and management structures.

We are currently finalising a new strategic plan to guide ORG’s work and are looking for a new Chair of the Board to help guide its implementation over the next three years.

We believe the ideal candidate profile would include:

  • strong experience of managing or governing a think tank or NGO, ideally a registered charity;
  • knowledge of conflict, security and/or dialogue issues/practice;
  • a positive public profile;
  • commitment to the work and aims of ORG;
  • the time to devote to governance issues and promoting our work.

Candidates should be ordinarily resident in the UK or at least able to attend quarterly board meetings and engage regularly with staff in London.

As with all our Trustees, this is a voluntary, non-remunerated position.

Interested candidates are invited to contact the ORG Coordinator, Richard Reeve, by 18th September to discuss the position and their potential involvement. Short listed candidates may be invited to meet with Trustees in autumn 2017 with a view to attending the December 2017 Board meeting on a trial basis.