Vacancy: Director, Institute of Welsh Affairs – Closing date 20 June 2016

Highly regarded as Wales’ leading independent, membership-based think tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) is a registered charity of c.1,200 members. Since its creation in 1987, it has been dedicated to promoting research, innovative ideas and informed debate affecting the economic, social, cultural and political well-being of Wales.

The IWA generates its income from trusts and foundations, its membership, research, publications and events. As it approaches its 30th year, the IWA is seeking a commercially astute Director with an understanding of Welsh society to build on its successes and deliver the Board’s ambitions for growth.


The Role

  • Accountable to the Chair and Board of Trustees, and leading an organisation of 6 employees,

you will provide inspirational leadership, vision and strategic direction to ensure the IWA

fulfils its mission to help Wales flourish.

  • Accountable for the organisation’s financial and organisational performance, you will be

expected to maximise the effective use of resources and strengthen IWA’s financial base

through proactive fundraising and the development of diverse income streams.

  • Maximising the IWA’s impact and relevance, you will develop an innovative programme of

research, publications and events to create public debate, aid the dissemination of ideas and

contribute to policy improvement and creation.

  • You will lead on the development of active partnerships with other civil society organisations

to further the IWA’s aims, and sustain a network of key stakeholders across the public

sector, political communities, academia, industry and other areas of Welsh life.


The Individual

  • A thought leader and strong leader of others, you will have considerable experience of

driving innovation and growth through delivering public facing programmes and generating

diverse sources of funding.

  • An exceptional communicator with a high level of political awareness and a commercial

mindset, you will have worked in an environment where the challenge is fourfold:

developing highly impactful research and/or policy propositions, growing the membership

base, delivering engaging programmes of public events, and proactively securing new

income streams.

  • Passionate about continuous improvement, performance management and maximising

levels of productivity and value for money, you will have a track record of successfully

achieving organisational aims through driving innovative working practices.

  • A highly credible ambassador and champion of the organisation, you will be educated to at

least degree level, possess a good understanding of economic, social, political and cultural

issues and be experienced engaging with high level stakeholders, dealing with the media and

public speaking.


For an informal discussion, please contact Siân Goodson, MD of Goodson Thomas: / 029 2029 0408 / 020 7416 6659 / 07545 850813.

To apply, email noting GT_IWA_0018 in the subject line, and attach a copy of your CV and cover letter.


All applications will be acknowledged.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Monday, 20 June 2016

Final Interview: Tuesday, 19 July 2016