Recruitment: Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute Board

4 February 2020

The Ada Lovelace Institute is seeking a Chair who is able to work in a fast-paced technical domain but who is equally committed to our sense of social purpose and to understanding what these technologies mean for individuals and society, and what actions should be taken to channel them for good.

The Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) is a newly established independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.

It was established in 2018 by the Nuffield Foundation with an initial £5 million commitment, in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, the Wellcome Trust, Luminate, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Ada is seeking to promote informed public understanding of the impact of AI and data-driven technologies on different groups in society. It guides ethical practice in the development and deployment of these technologies and undertakes research and long-term thinking to lay the foundations for a data-driven society with well-being at its core.

The initial founding Board members were appointed in 2018, with a further four members joining at the end of 2019. During Ada’s development phase, Sir Alan Wilson (formerly CEO of the Alan Turing Institute) took on the initial role of Executive Chair. However, with an Executive Director – Carly Kind – now fully established and most board members appointed, Alan Wilson will be stepping down from this role and we are now looking to appoint a new Chair to lead and develop the newly expanded Board, work with the Director to agree the strategic priorities and ensure that Ada is in a good place to deliver on its challenging mission.

This is an exceptional high profile role where a well-informed understanding of the data ethics domain and relevant networks will be a prerequisite in order to be alert to opportunities and challenges for Ada. Potential candidates will need to be skilled communicators, comfortable and credible interacting across a wide range of stakeholders including academia, tech and civil society.

Strong governance experience will also be important, most likely in the context of a research environment, public policy or a charitable organisation.

Above all the new Chair, alongside the Director, will need to be a skilled chairperson, powerful advocate, champion and ambassador for the organisation.

We are working with Green Park to recruit this position. For full details of this opportunity, including how to apply, please visit the recruitment microsite.