Independent Chair, Evidence Centre

Ref: 6157


Harlow, Essex

Role Managed by:

Joe Blanch

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6258


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The role is remunerated at £25,000 per annum.

Closing Date: 27/11/2022

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Motability exists to support and empower disabled people by improving their access to transport and improving their personal mobility. Our vision is that no disabled person shall be disadvantaged due to poor access to transportation. We are a national charity and provide a number of grants to help people with a range of disabilities; in 2021/22 we committed more than £78 million in charitable spend to support more than 17,626 individuals and organizations with the financial cost of transportation needs.

At a time of growth and of new opportunities for the charity, we want to make faster progress to realise our vision. We set up an innovation function to help support that ambition. In horizon scanning work conducted in 2020, the opportunity to establish an Evidence Centre for disability and transport was identified. This is seen to be a particularly opportune moment when low carbon ambitions are taking greater shape thus enabling a unique window to transform the lives of disabled people through greater inclusivity. Motability is perfectly positioned to enable greater understanding of disabled peoples’ lived experience of transport, highlight systemic issues, and identify opportunities to better service the inclusive transport market through the development of a dedicated Evidence Centre (the “Centre”).

We have recently concluded the selection of our preferred Consortium of partners to run the Centre and are now seeking an Independent Chair whose primary role will be to ensure that the Consortium Board is effective in its tasks of setting and implementing the Centre’s direction and strategy.

The Chair will act as a representative of Motability to the Centre and vice versa, establishing formal communication channels between the Consortium Board and Motability which will allow the Centre to maintain a close, albeit independent, relationship with the charity.

This is a truly unique opportunity to guide the ground-breaking Centre in its first months and years. As an Independent Chair, you will galvanise and unify the multi-sector Board, acting as a key conduit for both formal and informal engagement between Motability and the Centre.

You will bring senior, director-level experience of working within accessible transport or Evidence Centres with experience of serving on a Board. You will ideally also bring lived experience of disability; strong links and connectivity to policy makers and the transport sector and an understanding of the key challenges in that realm; and an interdisciplinary background with experience of galvanising perspectives across disciplines and effectively representing all interests and views of a multi-sector strategic board.


The Chair is expected to commit circa four days per month to the role in the first instance. It is anticipated that, as the Evidence Centre is established over time, this may lessen in the second or third year to circa two days per month. The Chair will serve for a term of three years. One further term may be appropriate subject to a review and confirmation process.   

Candidates wishing to apply should submit a CV (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification.


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