We're looking for new volunteer trustees to join our governing body (Council) and help increase our influence and impact.

We want to ensure science is not just seen as being for professional scientists or something you did at school. We're looking for people from across the UK with different skills and experiences to broaden our diversity, and a science background is definitely not necessary.

We're looking for people who can contribute one or more of the following skills and experiences:

  • Board/governance experience (or adjacent/transferable skills);
  • Expertise in research/science policy;
  • Experience in business development;
  • Experience of working in or with community groups who reach under-served or disadvantaged audiences, or working with diverse communities.

We are especially keen to hear from people from communities who are currently under-represented on Council, including people from ethnic minority backgrounds and disabled people. We are looking for people with experience and networks from across the UK.

As a charity trustee, your role is to work with other Council members to set the strategic direction for the charity and oversee the effective running of the organisation.

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.

You would also be expected to act as an ambassador for the BSA with our key external audiences, help us build relationships with potential funders, and demonstrate leadership on the BSA’s commitment to improve diversity and inclusion.

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. As one of the charity’s senior representatives, you will have extensive or senior networks in the business, policy or charity sectors or a related field. Leadership abilities, communication skills, experience of working in diverse contexts, an understanding of organisational change/effectiveness and personal credibility will be valuable. You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of effective governance and financial management in charities.

To put yourself forward for this volunteer role, please send a CV and a brief covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to Matt Locke, Deputy Chair, c/o of the Chief Executive (details below) by 17.00, Friday 17 April 2020.

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For an informal conversation about the organisation or the role, please contact
Katherine Mathieson

[email protected]

Chief Executive,
British Science Association,
165 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5HD