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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Cohort 2040 Leadership Development Manager

Leadership Development Manager

£55,000 - £60,000 per annum depending on experience

Consultancy contract for 14 months

Remote, with regular in-person working days 

The Cohort 2040 project is seeking a Leadership Development Manager to lead a consultation and co-design process for an exciting and ambitious pilot initiative to support emerging leaders navigate a future of deepening environmental crisis.


Younger generations are already leaders in the fight against the environmental crisis, holding decisionmakers to account, and helping accelerate the transition to more sustainable, equitable, and resilient societies. But historical inaction means that the destabilising impacts of the environmental crisis could accelerate over the coming decades. This is the period in which these generations will increasingly reach positions of senior leadership. Emerging leaders urgently need more support to face this challenge and improve their effectiveness in driving a faster, better transition under increasingly chaotic conditions. The Cohort 2040 project is exploring how to do this.

Cohort 2040 is hosted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and collaborates with the Chatham House Sustainability Accelerator and the Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter.


Cohort 2040 has identified an opportunity for a leadership development initiative to support emerging leaders anticipate future conditions, explore and develop key capabilities to better respond, and do so as part of an international community of practice building collective purpose. Therefore, Cohort 2040 is commencing a new phase: to extensively consult, co-design, and test the most impactful means of supporting emerging environmental leaders, and to ready a potential initiative for a pilot. We are looking for a highly motivated and capable person to direct this process and to play a leading role in the creation of an ambitious and impactful initiative.

To be successful, you will be experienced in turning ideas into deliverable initiatives and co-designing and testing with a diverse range of potential stakeholders and partners. You will have expertise in environmental issues and/or leadership development. Applicants with experience in start-up settings and working in small teams, as well as who are highly motivated and creative, are particularly welcome.

Application process

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community, and from applicants with a range of professional and lived experiences. We value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post, including part-time working. All options can be discussed at interview stage. This is a remote working role with regular in-person working days, likely in London.

Before applying, please click here to read the detailed job description or email [email protected]. To find out more about Cohort 2040 and the role, please contact Laurie Laybourn-Langton, the Cohort 2040 Executive Director, on [email protected].

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter detailing your motivation, skills, and experience relevant to the role to: [email protected]. In order to complete your application please also complete the IPPR Diversity Monitoring Form.

Applications close on Sunday 28th August 2022 at midnight. Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 5th September 2022.