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Governance Committee Independent Member

Are you looking for an opportunity to play a key role in providing governance leadership and oversight for an organisation that is seeking to be recognised as the leading registration body for scientists, equivalent to the Engineering Council, Engineering Council, the General Medical Council, the National Midwifery Council and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales? Do you have the appetite and drive to ensure the Science Council has an appropriate and effective governance system to drive up the performance of the Board of Trustees? If this sounds like you, then we would like to hear from you.

The Science Council is seeking to appoint up to three individuals to join its Governance Committee as independent members. The role of the Governance Committee is to provide effective leadership and oversight of the organisation’s governance structure. Independent committee members can provide a valuable external perspective on the Science Council’s governance processes to ensure that the charity continues to deliver its charitable and public benefit objectives.

The vacancy would suit individuals who have experience of working in charity, professional body or corporate governance roles. This may include leading on governance reviews, working closely with or as part of a governance committee or similar. The role could also provide valuable development experience for those considering a charity trustee position in the future.

Time commitment

The Governance Committee meetings are normally held four times per year to fit in with the cycle of Board meetings, which also take place four times per year. They are usually held during office hours at the Science Council’s office in Clerkenwell, central London, and usually last a maximum of two hours. The roles are voluntary with reimbursement for reasonable expenses.

Term of office

Independent members serve for an initial three-year term with the potential to renew for a further three years.

Further information

The Committee’s Terms of Reference is available to download here.

For an informal and confidential discussion regarding the role please contact Oli O’Hanlon. Contact details are available on the Terms of Reference. Confidential discussions will play no part in the selection process.

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