Director of Research and Programmes

Westminster, London
Competitive salary

Demos is a cross-party think tank based in the heart of Westminster. For nearly thirty years we have been a pioneer of ideas, bringing together citizens, experts and political leaders to generate positive change. Working on a cross-party basis, we conduct research, design and advocate for policy solutions, and host inspiring and insightful events. We also host the Public Participation Lab, a pioneering hub that builds and deploys technology to enable mass participation in decision making, and CASM, a centre of excellence on the future of digital technology.

The Role

Demos is recruiting a new Director of Research and Programmes to help lead the charity through a period of growth and transformation. Our goal is to change Britain’s democracy for the better: improving the way policy is made, the way politics is conducted, and the way power is shared. In this role, you will help us realise those ambitions, leading our multidisciplinary research team across our diverse portfolio of projects. You will help build the market for our “participation tech” offer, shape our policy agenda, and bring in funding for a range of new programmes to help build a more collaborative democracy.

The role offers plenty of flexibility, particularly during moments of political disruption like the one we are living through.  Opportunities shift quickly, which ensures there is scope for an ambitious person to lean into different areas and initiatives, and have transformational impact.   

The ideal candidate will be a transformational and creative leader who shares our values and who can engage, inspire and influence at all levels; providing a clear vision, harnessing the ideas and talents of our committed staff and develop our strategy as we continue to grow our organisation. You will be able to build credibility quickly with a range of stakeholders and be an active member of the senior leadership team, with strong communication skills and collaborative working style. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.