Could you be our next Chief Executive?

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has begun its search for its next Chief Executive to lead the organisation and deliver its strategy.

At the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), we believe social research has the power to make life better. We are Britain’s largest independent social research organisation. For the last 50 years we’ve worked on behalf of government and charities to find out what people really think about important social issues and how Britain is run.

We want to make a positive difference to our society by providing exceptional and relevant evidence to inform decision taking. We are seeking a transformational and visionary leader with an interest in social research to lead NatCen in the next phase of our strategy. Our strategy, “Making Life Better”, sets out the vision, future direction and our ambitions for NatCen in the 2020s and how we are going to achieve them.

NatCen is seeking to appoint a new CEO to take on the leadership of the organisation and continue leading the delivery of this strategy, building on the outstanding contribution of the current incumbent across all aspects of our organisation and the research work we undertake.

Working closely with our Board of Trustees and leading the Leadership Team, the CEO will provide strategic leadership and direction for NatCen. The successful candidate will lead on the promotion of our work and act as an ambassador for the organisation with key stakeholders and the wider public. Candidates should have a demonstrable track record of strategic and corporate leadership, having led transformational change with a focus on commerciality.

We are really excited by the opportunities ahead of us and the new CEO will have the privilege of leading NatCen on the next stage of our exciting journey. If you are equally as excited by this role as we are and are keen to join us, please consider applying.

> View the NatCen CEO appointment brief

If you are interested in this role and committed to driving change, growth and inclusion, please get in touch with Saxton Bampfylde Ltd who is acting as an employment agency advisor to NatCen on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference VBMO. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Thursday 30 November 2023.