We're looking for a new Vice-President for Education 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.

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 and 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.

Our Vice-President for Education is expected to be able to demonstrate these skills and experiences:

  • Expertise and professional standing in an educational field;
  • Understanding of best practice in STEM school education, especially with underserved young people;
  • Understanding of social science research about education;
  • Experience & expertise in chairing meetings, and willingness to chair our Education stakeholder group;
  • Ability to champion and support our education and policy work.

In addition, the following would be helpful but are not essential:

  • Experience of leading EDI change in organisations;
  • (Senior) links to stakeholders in education, policy, business, charity or a related field;
  • Experience of working on or with boards.

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 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 09.00, Monday 5 July 2021.

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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