Involve is at the vanguard of changing our democracy. Combining innovation, advocacy and hands-on delivery, we are showing exactly what our democratic future holds. And we are looking for a new leader to take this to the next level.

Starting as a public participation think tank, over the past 15 years Involve has grown to become the UK’s leading light on deliberative and participatory democracy. In the past year alone, we organised 16 engagement projects including nine citizens’ assemblies on issues ranging from climate change to hate crime to big data. Our high-profile Climate Assembly UK provided Parliament with a roadmap to achieving net-zero emissions in a way that’s underpinned by education, choice, fairness and political consensus. And our three Innovation in Democracy citizens’ assemblies provided a vision for the future of city and town centres that are designed around people.

The role

As our Chief Executive, you will lead and manage Involve, ensuring that we deliver our mission and that our strategy continues to develop. Much of our work is collaborative so you can also look forward to working across a diverse range of partners and funders from the House of Commons, Scottish Government and Welsh Parliament to the RSA, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Wellcome Trust. 

This is an influential and multi-faceted leadership role at an important time for democracies. You will be someone whose real passion for democratic reform is combined with the significant personal stature and credibility we need in our figurehead, and who is also a recognised national leader for democratic change.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.


How to apply

To make an application, please visit the Starfish listing via the button below.

You will need to prepare the following:

  • your CV or equivalent biographical information
  • a covering letter (3 pages max) that sets out:
    • your motivation for applying for this appointment
    • your suitability based on Part One of the Person Specification
    • your initial thoughts on the state of the democratic reform sector and how Involve could help to take it forward.
  • details of two people you have worked with previously who we could talk to at shortlist stage (with your permission).

Closing date is Monday 29th March 2021.

Longlist interviews by zoom are likely to be held in week commencing 12th April 2021.

Agreement of the final shortlist will take place on 21st April. Informal meetings or telephone calls will follow confirmation of the final shortlist.

Formal interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place on 27th April 2021. The day may also include informal sessions with key staff and stakeholders. Whether the interviews are held remotely or in person will be influenced by the prevailing laws and guidance around lockdown.