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Non-Executive Director of mySociety Ltd

Location: London

Date Posted: 12/04/2019

Closing Date: 13/05/2019

We are seeking to recruit two new Non-Executive Directors to join the board of mySociety Ltd, the commercial subsidiary of our charity UK Citizens Online Democracy (UKCOD).

mySociety helps people be active citizens with technology, research and data used by individuals, journalists, and civil society in more than 40 countries around the world. We run popular services in the UK including FixMyStreet.com, WhatDoTheyKnow.com, WriteToThem.com and TheyWorkForYou.com, as well as carrying out sector-leading research.

Established in 2003, we are a not for profit group, recognised as a global pioneer in the use of online technologies to help citizens take their first steps towards greater civic participation, connecting people and organisations at scale.

Through mySociety Ltd we deliver commercial services for local government, public sector and NGO clients in the UK and abroad, along with commercial access to our data services and custom development work and consultancy. We aim to achieve the objectives of the charity directly through our commercial activity as well as through the surplus we generate.

As a Director, you’ll have a front seat in the growth of an innovative and respected public sector service business, and you’ll be able to apply your extensive experience towards the creation of commercial services that deliver the most impact possible for citizens and their local communities in the UK and abroad.

Requirements

What does the role involve?

You will help ensure that the company is well-run, solvent, operates within the law, and makes the best possible strategic decisions.

You will approve and advise on the commercial subsidiary’s strategy and products, with the aim of delivering well-used and impactful services whilst maximising revenues for the ultimate benefit of the charity.

You will need to attend board meetings, usually in London and roughly every three months, and be happy dealing with the associated emails and documents – a commitment of a few hours each month. You’ll also be invited to join us at our annual retreat and international events such as TICTeC, our Impacts of Civic Technology conference.

 

What we’re looking for in Directors

Directors should bring a mix of professional and personal experience; be able to help contribute to — and critique — our strategy; identify and make useful connections and introductions; and provide their opinion on financial and legal matters. We need collaborative but independent Directors who are practical and able to contribute occasional input to ongoing conversations, as well as at scheduled board meetings.

We are interested in appointing at least two additional Directors from a range of diverse occupational and personal backgrounds, including:

    • A Director with strong experience in developing and scaling software as a service products, either B2B or B2C — particularly if your experience includes selling to government. You may have experience of working with the charitable or not for profit sector, but this is not essential. You must have a passion for our goals and experience of pursuing them.
    • A Director with a strong experience of working on, or commissioning, service provision and data, especially relating to Democratic Participation, or Place and Communities. You may have experience of working with the public sector, charitable or not for profit sectors and must have a passion for our goals and experience of pursuing them.

 

 

About mySociety

At mySociety we work across three interlinked practice areas: Community, Democracy and Transparency. Each is underpinned by research, sector building and appropriate commercial work.

Our services help citizens to improve their neighbourhoods and engage with local government, in order to support resilient and flourishing communities. We support meaningful participation in local democracy, supporting new models for direct citizen participation in democratic decision-making. We run FOI services in 25 countries around the world, supporting the work of journalists and campaigners to increase accountability and transparency.

mySociety helped kickstart the Civic Technology sector more than 15 years ago, leading its growth and expansion internationally. We conduct research to grow the evidence base for civic technology and bring the sector together through our TICTeC research conferences. We support the work of partners in over 40 countries, operating services used by more than 11 million people every year, to deliver greater transparency and accountability.

In the UK our democratic and civic websites and programmes are used by over six million people each year. In addition we support groups around the world to establish and make a success of their own, similar sites. Our charitable work is made possible by major grants from funders including Luminate, the Hewlett Foundation and Google, who support our desire to share software, knowledge and good practice for the benefit of the global Civic Technology community.

Our growing research team aims to establish how, whether and when Civic Technology can make a difference, and share these learnings widely with civil society and governments.

Our wholly owned commercial subsidiary mySociety Ltd delivers services for local authority and other clients in the UK and abroad, along with commercial access to our data services and custom development work and consultancy – this commercial work is aligned with our overall mission and profits are reinvested into the work of the charity.

Benefits

We value the input of people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives and wish to continue to diversify our board in ways that reflect the diversity of our users and work programmes.

Although we have not been formally certified under the employer scheme we support the aims of the Disability Confident initiative and will guarantee any disabled applicant who meets our minimum eligibility criteria the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.

Even if you do not fulfil every requirement outlined above, we’d encourage you to apply for this role – we are committed to nurturing and aiding the development of all staff members, including Non-Executive Directors.

These roles are unpaid; however, we will of course cover your expenses.

Your application should consist of a CV and covering statement.

 

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