We are looking for two new trustees to join our Council to help drive the strategic direction of the British Science Association (BSA).

This is an exciting time for the BSA. We recently launched a fresh new vision, and we are currently reviewing our strategic plans for the next three years. We have a talented and ambitious staff team, a nationwide network of committed volunteers and a vibrant and broad range of partners, funders and stakeholders.

Council is the British Science Association's governing body. Your role as a member of Council will be to provide overall governance and ensure the BSA fulfils its purpose by developing and agreeing a strategy. With the other members of Council, you will focus on the key issues, opportunities and risks facing the BSA, and provide guidance on strategic direction to the BSA’s staff. You should ensure that we define our goals, evaluate our performance and safeguard the reputation and values of the organisation.

To get the most out of being on the BSA’s Council, we suggest that you have a passion for our vision and goals, and can commit to the time and effort required. Our Council members need strategic vision, independent judgement, and an ability to work effectively as part of a team.

We are looking for two new members of Council:

  1. A new trustee who has a commercial background with experience of finance, innovation, product development or a fundraising background
  2. A new Vice-President of Engagement who will support the BSA’s Engagement team in supporting, growing and diversifying the community of people who are interested and involved in science. Applicants should have an understanding of audience development and may have a background in media, advertising or science communication.

A background in science, public engagement with science or academia is not required. An understanding of charity governance is helpful but not essential as a full briefing will be provided. We are especially keen to hear from people from communities who are currently under-represented on Council, including people from ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities.

For more details, please download the application pack.

To apply for the role, please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to the Chief Executive, Katherine Mathieson (details below) by Tuesday 30 May 2017. For an informal conversation about the organisation or the role, please contact Katherine:

Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive, British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5HD Katherine.mathieson@britishscienceassociation.org