London’s Child Obesity Taskforce: Chair and Board Members
Vacancy Description
Job reference number: LFB2018
Contract type: Fixed Term
Closing date: Sunday 15 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT
Interview dates: week commencing 23 July 2018
Salary: Unremunerated
Grade: Board Member


Mayoral Appointment: Board Member recruitment for London’s new Child Obesity Taskforce


Help implement the Mayor’s vision of tackling Child Obesity in London

The Mayor of London is looking to complete the appointment of Board Members to London’s new Child Obesity Taskforce. You must share the Mayor’s passion and ambition to get to grips with the child obesity epidemic in London, tackling the inequality that exists between children living in different parts of the city.


The Mayor is clear that a set of complex factors have left London holding first place amongst our global peers as the city with biggest child obesity problem. The Mayor is also clear that tackling child obesity in London is inherently an issue of inequality and the new Child Obesity Taskforce will have a relentless focus on closing the gap in London.


London is full of opportunities for children and the Mayor wants every one of our youngsters to get on in life by making the most of them. Getting to grips with child obesity in London will need a radical approach and strong leadership that will change the status quo and challenge the vested interests that have, for far too long, held back meaningful progress.


Others share this vision too – that’s why London’s new Child Obesity Taskforce is being set-up in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Public Health England and London’s Association of Directors of Public Health.


The Mayor is looking for Londoners who are leaders, who understand the issues and the complexity, who are change makers, visionary thinkers, who can take a fresh look at the problem. Above all the Mayor is looking for Londoners who are prepared to get stuck in and fundamentally shift the cultural, social and economic forces in our homes, streets and schools and kickstart the step-change we need to see in this great city.


London’s new Child Obesity Taskforce will launch later this year. Applications are welcome from candidates with experience in the following areas:


-         The food industry- including retail, and distribution

-         Digital solutions

-         Early years, and maternal health (parenting and families)

-         Behavioural insights

-         Inequalities / social determinate of health

-         Equality and inclusion


If you think you’ve got the leadership, vision and influence to help fulfil the Mayor’s vision then download the recruitment pack and submit your application.

For information on the roles and application criteria please read the Application Pack.

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to reflect London's diversity in all Board appointments. The aim is that London’s Child Obesity Taskforce contains a broad range of experience and reflects London’s diversity.  We welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability

How to Apply


If you are interested in applying, please submit your CV and a covering letter (max 5 sides in total) via our online recruitment system. You will also be asked to provide recruitment monitoring information.


The CV should include details of employment, public appointments, qualifications history and the name and contact details of two referees willing to provide a reference. It should also include any relevant information regarding your eligibility for appointment and any directorships you hold.


The covering letter should provide details of the relevant experience that equips you to serve as a Member of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce, in particular addressing the criteria listed under the person specification (see Applicant Pack)


If you would like to discuss the position informally, please contact Matt Creamer on 020 7084 2525 or email


If you have any queries regarding the application process or require information in an alternative format, please contact


Application closing date: Sunday 15 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT

Interview date: week commencing 23 July 2018