Chief Executive

Nationwide Foundation
Swindon with hybrid working
Circa £85,000 per annum

We are an independent charity that seeks to improve the lives of people in need. We do this by funding charitable causes and influencing for meaningful, long-term, and lasting systems change. We seek to tackle the root causes of social problems that lead to disadvantage, poverty, and inequality. Key to our approach is creating a legacy, so that fewer people experience negative social outcomes in the future thanks to timely and innovative intervention today. The Nationwide Foundation was established by NBS in 1997 as a fully independent charitable foundation. The Building Society is the Foundation’s main benefactor. We receive an annual donation of around £2-2.5 million and we also benefit from support in kind on an ad hoc basis.


This is an exciting time to join us, and we are seeking a new Chief Executive who shares our vision and who can lead our dedicated small team to achieve lasting change for people across the UK. We developed our long-term Decent Affordable Homes strategy in 2013 and this will remain in place until at least 2031. We are in phase three of this strategy and remain deeply committed to it. As our new Chief Executive, you will also be looking beyond it to design its next phase, drawing on the evidence and reflections gathered over the past 10 years.

You will bring strategic leadership and influencing skills, with the ability to be externally facing whilst actively leading, supporting and guiding a capable team internally. Your expert stakeholder skills will be invaluable in helping us to realise our ambitions. Established as a fully independent charitable foundation by Nationwide Building Society (NBS); NBS is our main benefactor and makes annual lump sum donations to us of 0.25% of its pre-tax profit. Our relationship with NBS is extremely important to us and you will bring sophisticated relationship building skills able to work closely with NBS as well as a diverse range of stakeholders and partners, including an experienced and talented Board, our grantees, other leading funders and government.

Our new Chief Executive may not come from the housing sector, but will have a proven track record of working on social issues and their solutions, influencing policy and discourse, and driving systems change. You will be ambitious for our growth and impact and bring the experience and drive to influence systemic change across the housing system with and for those we are trying to help, to create the housing we want to see.

If you share our vision and think you have the skills, passion, and experience necessary to be our next Chief Executive, we would love to hear from you.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.