Ref: 4557

Leverhulme Trust


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Role Managed by:

Alice Hayler

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6233


Primary Practice Group: Philanthropy, Engagement and Advocacy

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with the seniority of the role

Closing Date: 02/03/2020

Formal Interview Date: April or early May 2020

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, founder of Lever Brothers and one of the great philanthropists.  Since 1925, the Trust has provided grants and scholarships for research and education and in the last two decades alone has distributed grants of more than a £1 billion in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, arts and performing arts.

Today, with an endowment of £4 billion, the Trust is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK. It awards approximately £100 million a year through 14 grant-making schemes, with a focus on funding outstanding scholarships in discovery-led research. Often “higher risk” and multi-disciplinary, the Trust’s support enables talented individuals to realise their personal vision and professional training. 

The Trust is seeking a new Director to succeed Professor Gordon Marshall, who after nine successful years of leading the Trust, is retiring to pursue other interests. Accountable to an experienced Board of Trustees, the Director is responsible for delivering Board strategy and the promotion and careful stewardship of the Trust’s reputation as a highly regarded funder of research. They will ensure effective operations and management of Trust staff.

This is a prestigious role that will appeal to candidates committed to and passionate about enabling original and distinctive research to flourish without restriction. S/he must have an established scholarly reputation, experience of peer review processes and practice and a broad understanding of the higher education systems in the UK and globally. S/he will likely have had senior executive leadership experience within the higher education sector and will enjoy the intellectual engagement this role affords.

This is a full-time post on a permanent basis. The post will be based at the Leverhulme Trust Office in the City of London.

A generous remuneration package is available.

Further details of the role and how to apply are available at: quoting reference 4557. The closing date for applications is 18:00 (GMT) on Monday 2nd March 2020.