The British Science Association’s (BSA) vision is of a world where science is a fundamental part of our culture and society, and our mission is to support, grow, and diversify the community of people who are interested and involved in science, and to strengthen their influence over science’s direction and place in society.

We work tirelessly to reach these ambitious goals, with major programmes of work in education, public engagement, and cultural development. More details of our vision are available here.

A registered charity, we have approximately 30 staff and £3m in annual turnover.

Our current Chief Executive, Imran Khan, will be leaving the Association later this year after over three years in post. The resulting vacancy presents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, passionate, and diligent leader to take up the reigns of an organisation hungry for continued change and growth.

The successful candidate will lead the Association’s senior team and work with colleagues across the organisation to continue the evolution of our strategy, the modernisation of our internal processes, and the diversification of our income streams. They will shape the work we do, ensuring that our direct beneficiaries and society at large are foremost in our minds when we plan for the future, and will also be the public face of the organisation, representing us to the media, government, policy-makers, stakeholders, and the public.

Our new Chief Executive will be supported and held to account by our Council (Board of Trustees), chaired by Lord David Willetts. They will also be able to draw on the energy and talents of our team of dedicated and dynamic staff members, and a nationwide network of volunteers and partners.

They will join us at a time when we have an engaged and ambitious set of staff and trustees, growing influence, and shared vision of our purpose.

They will be expected to oversee strategic renewal in the context of a set mission, with some already-defined priorities, such as:

  • Growing and diversifying the audiences reached by our established projects - such as British Science Week, Media Fellowships, and our
    regional branches;
  • Consolidating processes and business models to support recentlyor soon-to-be launched projects, such as the digital platfo
    rm for our
    CREST programme, ScienceLive, our chairing of the UK Science Festivals Network;
  • Increasing our voice and influence, and that of our community, in our spheres of public policy interest;
  • Re-launching our paid membership scheme, and growing and supporting our national network of volunteers;
  • Diversifying our sources of revenue, in particular so that we are less reliant on government grants.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience related to our strategy and vision, but need not be a scientist or have a scientific training themselves.

For more information and application details, please download the full candidate information pack.