Chair of Challenge Partners

Location: National

Challenge Partners seek a credible and inclusive leader to chair our motivated Board of Trustees. Inspired by our mission and aligned with our values, you will bring a highly collaborative approach, championing our practitioner-led model to ensure we make the greatest impact for schools and pupils. Bringing good commercial acumen, you will have an interest in ensuring excellence and innovation through our work. Outstanding communication and ambassadorial skills will allow you to work closely alongside our CEO and to advocate on behalf of the charity and our partners, building successful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and supporters. Good understanding of best practice in governance, gained through previous trustee or non-executive director experience, will be important.

We are interested in candidates from a range of backgrounds and insights, so leadership experience may come from a wide variety of sectors or industries including education, membership or wider commercial business. Challenge Partners is fully committed to equal opportunities and is actively seeking to increase the diversity of its governance structure to better reflect those we serve. We would welcome applications from candidates with a range of educational backgrounds or relevant lived experience. We would also welcome applications from a range of geographies across the UK, where we can offer some flexibility in board meetings to achieve this aim. 

To download the appointment brief, which contains further details about Challenges Partners, our approach and the Chair role, please follow the link here. To arrange a confidential conversation about the role, please contact

Deadline for applications: Midnight on Sunday 16 May 2021

Informal conversation with the Chief Executive: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Interviews: Thursday 17 June 2021