Chair (Professor in Practice) Centre for Economic Transition Expertise, London School of Economics & Political Science

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment was established by the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 to create a world-leading multidisciplinary centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment, bringing together international expertise from across LSE and beyond, including on economics, finance, geography, the environment, science, law, international relations, development and political science.

The Institute is establishing a new specialist cub-Centre focused on leveraging, strengthening and amplifying research. The Centre for Economic Transition Expertise will develop well targeted policy analysis and outputs by convening policymakers and by providing technical support, assistance and capacity-building. As part of this undertaking, the Institute is seeking a Chair (Professor in Practice) who will support the Centre delivering the reforms necessary to deliver sustainable, inclusive, and resilient economies and financial systems across Europe. The Institute seeks to appoint an established or emerging leader in a field related to the centre’s activities, such as monetary and financial markets and economic and fiscal policy, to lead the centre as the new Chair. This role would be suitable as a part time position – circa 4-6 days a month – although the Institute is prepared to consider other arrangements for the right candidate.

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership to the centre
  • Oversee the centre’s governance, ensuring compliance with regulations and policies, by chairing and/or leading the relationship with the Advisory Board
  • Represent the Centre to external audiences as its principal ambassador and advocate, ensuring that its work is at forefront of global debates and problem-solving the major political and economic issues of our time
  • Act as the public ‘face’ for the centre by leading it engagement and communication strategy
  • Harness the energies of the centre’s academic staff, students and professional services to encourage excellence in an atmosphere of trust and collegiality
  • Take overall responsibility for the centre’s research and policy programme by scrutinising, challenging, and signing-off on the annual workplan developed by the senior leadership team
  • Develop diverse income streams, including expansion of the centre’s fund-raising on a significant scale, in order to enable the centre to deliver its future aims and objectives
  • Enhance the reputation of the centre for international research, academic excellence, and public engagement
  • Develop a strong and cohesive senior leadership team (Executive Director, Monetary and Financial Markets Director, Economic and Fiscal Policy Director)
  • Attend and participate in meetings, seminars, away-days and other activities relating to the new centres and Grantham Research Institute’s purpose and organisation
  • Behave and act in a way that is consistent with the purpose and principles of the Institute, and the values and aims of the LSE
  • Contribute to the activities of other parts of the LSE, including through the participation in networks of staff engaged in policy analysis and engagement.
Person Specification


  • International stature, based on a relevant track record as a leader of policy development and practice
  • Demonstrable strength of purpose and vision with a track record of devising and delivering innovation, transformation and change in a complex environment and through successful consensus-building
  • A strong commitment to fund-raising and an understanding of what this means in practice
  • Ability to work across Europe and with an understanding of relevant policy/ political developments across both the EU and UK
  • Ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; being widely viewed as a strong developer of others
  • Demonstrable commitment to identifying and removing barriers to the creation of an equitable, diverse and inclusive working environment
  • Ability to persevere in the face of challenges and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards, which commands respect from followers
  • Evidence of being self-reflective and aware of his/her own limitations; leading by example and drives the organisation's performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement
  • Evidence of an entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organisation and push the boundaries within the industry
  • Ability to effectively balance the desire/need for broad change with an understanding of how much change the organisation is capable of handling, to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful
  • Evidence of encouraging others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrating and supporting the success of the team
  • Ability to create a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership beyond his/her own personality and engages others to the greater purpose for the organisation as a whole
  • Evidence as a leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in his/her approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always taking into account what is best for the organisation
  • Ability to self-learn and keep pace with developments in a complex, dynamic and fast-moving area
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders at the highest levels
  • Excellent presentation skills, delivering presentations to diverse, large audiences
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and technical issues to a range of different non-technical audiences. Needs to be able communicate technical knowledge functionally.


  • Experience of managing a large scale, complex organisation, with the ability to hire outstanding people, delegate, establish boundaries, and further an environment of collegiality
  • Experience as the senior ambassador of a major institution, including representing a variety of views and opinions fairly and delivering compelling and inspiring speeches for internal and local, national, and international audiences.
  • Excellent writing skills, taking responsibility for producing high quality written outputs.

The salary scale for this role is no less than £80,006 per annum. The full (band 10) salary scale can be found on the LSE website. The salary scale assumes a full-time role. In the case of this role, actual salary will be prorated in line with the time commitment agreed with the successful candidate. We currently expect this to be c.4-6 days a month.

This role is open to international applicants and such applications are encouraged.

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and a cover letter to Berwick Partners.

The preferred method of application is online.

If you are unable to apply online, please email your application to response.manager@berwickpartners.co.uk

If you have any queries or would like more information in regard to this document, or for an informal, confidential discussion, please contact:

Liam Young, Consultant, Berwick Partners: Liam.Young@berwickpartners.co.uk

Ardiana Hashani, Researcher, Berwick Partners: Ardiana.Hashani@berwickpartners.co.uk

Closing Date for Applications: 23:59 Sunday 12th May 2024

Panel Interviews with LSE: w/c 10th June 2024

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