Chief Executive Officer

Third Age Trust
South East London
c£100,000 per annum on a full-time permanent basis

The Third Age Trust is the umbrella organisation for 1060 operationally independent u3as, situated throughout the UK offering lifelong learning to mainly older members of the public who have time to spare. From the start, the guiding principles were to promote non-formal learning through self-help interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities as chosen by their members.


The u3a movement is coordinated by an umbrella organisation, Third Age Trust, which provides a comprehensive advice service to local u3as and also provides a national learning programme and promotes the movement externally. We are now seeking a new CEO for the Trust, creating an exciting opportunity to take the u3a movement to the next phase in its development.

This is an opportunity ripe for change and challenge. Following a recent strategic review, we are looking to reposition the Trust and we will be looking to you to drive forward our future direction. Top of the list is the need to attract the next generation of members, expanding learning opportunities, and raising our profile extensively.  

You will enjoy the external nature of this role; able to balance proven strategic leadership with a commitment to being a visible presence across the network. We are seeking a leader who can manage and motivate teams of staff and volunteers, a confident speaker who can inspire local leaders, and a creative ambassador and spokesperson for the movement. 

We are seeking a 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, membership or franchised environment and will certainly have deep experience of high member involvement. You will bring exceptional stakeholder management skills, with the ability to bring diverse perspectives on board and the skill, diplomacy and resilience to make tough decisions against this operating environment. 

If you are inspired by our purpose, vision, and by the opportunity to lead us into the next phase of our journey and 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.