The British Science Association is a Royal Charter charity. Our trustees (“Council”) are responsible for governance, setting the vision and strategy, and overseeing the finances. You can find out more about who are trustees are here.

Our remit and our overall approach are set out in our governing documents: Royal Charter, the Statutes and the Roles. A revised Charter and Statutes is currently being considered by the Privy Council. A copy of our Charter, Statutes and Rules is available on request

Sub-committees

Council is advised by several sub-committees on which sit a mixture of Council members and external specialists.  Council’s sub-committees are described below.

Finance Committee

This committee meets up to four times a year to review the management accounts and budgets, and advise other Council members on the financial basis for its strategic decisions.

Audit & Risks Committee

This committee has two independent members: John Misselbrook and Raj Dadra (chair). It meets twice a year to oversee the annual independent audit and to actively manage risks.

General Committee

This committee provides strategic advice to Council and represents a broad range of experience and skills. You can find out who is a member of General Committee here.

Nominations Committee

This committee meets ad hoc, as needed, to fill vacancies or skills gaps on Council or any of its sub-committees.

Advisory Groups

The BSA also receives valuable advice from appointed groups of specialist advisors. Some current examples are given below.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Group

This group comprises eight external specialists in EDI. They provide advice to Council and to the BSA’s staff on EDI matters.

You can find out more about who is on this group here.

Huxley Summit Advisory Group

The Huxley Summit is our annual thought leadership event for senior leaders in business, research and policy. The advisory group, chaired by Lord David Willetts, provides insight and guidance about the programme and partnerships for the Summit.

You can find out more about who is on this group here.

Education Stakeholders Group

These education specialists meet once per term to review the progress of our CREST Awards programme and advice on future developments and partnerships.