Chief Network Officer

Age UK
London and Hybrid
Circa £120,000 per annum

Age UK works closely with local and national partners and together we are the Age UK network. We exist as a community of partners to make life better for older people. We are available for older people to turn to, in their homes, in their communities, on the phone and online. Every day, millions of older people face an unrelenting struggle. Some live in poverty, with little to call their own. Many are in poor health, often coping with multiple conditions. An alarming number are not getting the care they need and rely on the help of families and friends. Others just don’t have the luxury of a support network, going for days, weeks or even months without connecting with other people.


At the heart of Age UK is our local network of over 120 partners across all four countries of the UK, who, together with our national services, support around a million older people every year. The network is one of the largest charity federations – it’s a powerful combination of truly local organisations responding to local need, and a truly national network which provides support to local partners and has responsibility for influencing and broadening the public conversation. 

But we know there is so much more we can do as a network so older people can thrive in their, and our, later life. That’s why this role is so crucial-as a senior leader in the organisation, you will support the Age UK network as we evolve into a new phase. At present, a new Shared Strategy and partnership agreement is in development, with a strong desire to work collaboratively across partners, enable organisations to develop and grow, and make the most of the skills and capabilities of the network and its people. 

We are seeking a dynamic and motivational leader with a successful track record in managing diverse and complex relationships with a range of independent organisations. Ideally you will have worked within a federated or franchised environment and will certainly have deep experience of directing, developing, and evaluating the contribution of organisations working within a shared purpose network. As an established senior leader, you will have led on strategy development, change programmes and initiatives with successful outcomes.

You will have achieved a significant change in an area of work which you will be proud of- we are at an incredibly important stage in our journey, and we have a lot to do, with the needs of older people being more diverse and complex than ever before. I do hope you will be inspired by these ambitious plans to improve the lives of older people and if you have the skills, experience and qualities we are looking for, we would be delighted to hear from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.