Job vacancies at the Science Council

Vacancy: President of the Science Council

The Science Council is seeking its next President to succeed Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS, who will step down in October 2020 after 4 years in the role.

This is an exciting time to join us as our new President, as we continue to deliver our strategy in partnership with our members. We are looking for someone who has the gravitas and ability to influence at the highest level, acting as an ambassador for the Science Council to strengthen the reach and impact of the charity. The office of President is a critical role for the Science Council; we welcome applications from high calibre individuals who can passionately champion the value of the science profession, and with the time and energy to commit to the role.

As a multi-disciplinary membership organisation connecting professional bodies from across the scientific disciplines, the Science Council has a vital role to play in promoting the profession. Remaining true to its core purpose, the Science Council, in partnership with its Member Bodies, aims t leading role in championing the value of the science profession to government, employers, scientists and science technicians, and to the wider public. Together we can work as a cohesive body and I believe now more than ever that the profession must work collectively to deliver economic growth and societal progress.

Time commitment

The role requires a minimum commitment of 10 full days per annum.

Term of office

The successful candidate will succeed Sir Keith in October 2020. Currently the term of office for the position is a 4-year term, but we are in the process of amending our Bylaws so that the President’s term of office will be for 2 years.

More information about the role and the essential criteria can be found in the Candidate information pack.

How to apply

To formally apply, please provide a statement outlining why you are interested in the opportunity and what you would bring to the role. Applications should be sent to the Governance Manager, Oliver O’Hanlon ( by 11.59pm on Monday 16th March 2020. Shortlisting will take place on Thursday 26th March and shortlisted candidates will be invited to discuss the role with the Nomination Committee. The expected date for appointment is at our 2020 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 30th June.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact the Chair, Dr Helen Pain ( and/or the Chief Executive, Helen Gordon (

Volunteering at the Science Council

Board of Trustees

The Science Council is always looking for individuals who can bring their knowledge and expertise to the Board of Trustees to lead the charity and help deliver its strategy. We encourage individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience to consider becoming a Science Council trustee. The Board consists of up to 12 Elected Trustees and 3 Appointed Trustees, and normally meets quarterly.

Nominations will formally open in early 2020, but if you are interested in becoming a trustee of the Science Council please contact Oli O’Hanlon for more information.

You can read more about the Board of Trustees on our website.

Other volunteering

If you are a registered scientist and would like to volunteer for us we are keen to welcome Assessors or Registrant Champions. If you would like to volunteer with us working in the Science Council office please email us with your CV and a covering note explaining what sort of experience you would welcome.

If you would like to join our Board or Committees please email an expression of interest to us with your CV.