Social Market Foundation
circa. £100,000 per annum

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) is a non-partisan think tank. We believe that fair markets, complemented by open public services, increase prosperity and help people to live well. We conduct research and run events looking at a wide range of economic and social policy areas, focusing on economic prosperity, public services and consumer markets. The SMF is resolutely independent, and the range of backgrounds and opinions among our staff, trustees and advisory board reflects this.


We are now seeking a successor to James Kirkup who will build on his legacy. They will have the intellectual clarity, networks and influence needed to move the debate forwards within Westminster, Whitehall and beyond as we move towards a new Parliament, creating a bigger platform and footprint for the organisation. They will lead the intellectual heart of SMF, overseeing the organisation’s research and policy agenda, devising ambitious ideas in a creative and inspirational way, as well as helping to build the funding pathways to achieve success.

This is a significant leadership opportunity at a pivotal moment in the political cycle. You will be ambitious for SMF as a persuasive public voice in a crowded field, with personal influencing skills, and hungry to engage in political debate. You will have experience of working in organisations that have a notable political impact that allows us to move forward from a position of strength to capitalise on ways to grow our impact and long term financial sustainability. Bringing presence, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage and influence at all levels, you will have the capability to inspire our talented and committed team.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.