Vacancies at the Science Council

Chief Executive Officer

Location: Home working/ central London

Salary: £80,0000 – 100,000 p.a, depending on proven experience

Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 28th February 2023

This is an exciting time to join the Science Council as Chief Executive and lead us into the next stage of our development. This is a complex role which will present an exciting challenge to the right individual. We are looking for an outstanding candidate who has the potential to meet these challenges and use their experience and skills to tackle the complex environment within which we work.

We are looking for a new Chief Executive who can build on the strong foundations put in place over the last few years. The successful candidate will have the vision to grow the Science Council into an increasingly respected, influential, and sustainable organisation.

You will have a track record of successful senior-level leadership and possess exceptional strategic, interpersonal and ambassadorial skills to operate effectively at the most senior levels in an evolving environment. We are looking for someone with proven experience in leading organisational growth, membership engagement, and driving income development. You will come with strong commercial acumen and an entrepreneurial frame of mind.

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Senior Registration and Licensing Officer

Location: Flexible between the Science Council’s central London office and home working.

Salary: 25,000 – 28,000 (depending on experience)

Work pattern: Full Time (35 hours)

Contract type: Permanent

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced administrator to work with the Registration and Licensing Manager to ensure the registers list only those scientists who meet our strictly regulated competence and conduct standards and to maintain the integrity of our registers.

The Senior Registration and Licensing Officer is responsible for providing executive support to mainly the Registration and Licensing Manager but sometimes also the Registration and Licensing team. Through effective executive support and system and process improvement, the Senior Registration and Licensing Officer will have an active role in ensuring that licensed members, volunteers, and registrants have a positive and productive experience of working with the Registration and Licensing Team and the Science Council.

The ideal candidate will have experience of providing effective administrative support to a team with proven organisational and co-ordination skills to allow for the management of multiple projects and changing priorities.

Experience of CRMs/Databases, using Excel, minute taking, diary and event management are all essential. With strong attention to detail, you will also have the ability to understand and improve processes.

To apply, please submit an up to date CV and covering letter via our online application form outlining your suitability for the role according to the job description and person specification.

Please apply early as we may bring the closing date forward should we receive a high volume of applications.

Closing date for applications: Monday 6 February 2023

Interviews: Week commencing 13 February 2023

The Science Council are committed to equal opportunities and value diversity in our workforce. Applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. No agencies please.

Work Experience

The Science Council welcomes inquiries regarding work placements for students and those looking to expand their skill set.

If you would like to gain work experience with us, please contact Oli O’Hanlon with an expression of interest and your CV.


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.

Board & Trustee FAQs

What does the Board and its trustees do?

The role of the Board of Trustees is to:

  • ensure that the Science Council has a clear strategic focus
  • ensure that the Science Council fulfills its charitable objectives
  • ensure that the Science Council complies with its legal and regulatory requirements
  • act as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, and ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • monitor and hold management to account

The Charity Commission, our Royal Charter and Bylaws, our Trustee Role Description and our Trustee Code of Conduct set out the responsibilities of trustees.


What is the time commitment?

Trustees serve for an initial three-year term.

There are normally four board meetings per year, held quarterly and set around the charity’s financial reporting cycle. Board meetings last approx. 3 hours.

In addition to formal meetings, trustees may also be required to serve on individual board subcommittees, working groups or be invite to represent the Science Council at external meetings and events.

Trustees are expected to attend the Annual General Meeting, which is normally held in June or July.

It is every applicant's responsibility to receive consent from their employer, if necessary, that it is willing to release the applicant for the time commitments involved.

Who is eligible to stand for election?

Anyone can become a trustee of the Science Council as long as they have the energy and commitment for the role.

It is worthy noting that sixty percent of Elected Trustees will come from Member Bodies. They will be either members or employees. Up to 40% of Elected Trustees will come from outside the membership and must not be employees or members of Member Bodies.


Who elects the trustees?

Trustees are elected by our Member Bodies, with each Member having one vote. Ballot forms containing the name and other relevant details of candidates for election are sent to every Member Body of the Science Council at least four weeks prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.

What type of people is the Board looking for?

The Board values diversity and actively encourages applications from a wide range of backgrounds and roles to stand for election. in 2023, the Board is interested to hear from people with expertise in the following areas:

  • Parliamentary/Government contacts
  • Management or leadership of scientists in industry.
  • Marketing/brand awareness.
  • Equity, equality, diversity and inclusion

It is not necessary to have previous board/trustee experience as support will be provided. All you need is to have the interest, time and energy to commit to the role.

What information will you need to provide?

Applicants will be asked to provide details of their current post and summary of their career to date; a personal statement; a summary of their suitability to join the Board, and an up-to-date photo. This information will be circulated to Member Bodies to provide them with the necessary information to make a decision on your suitability for the role.

What is the deadline to submit applications?

Applications will open on 30th January and close on 31st March.

Voting will open in early June, with the results announced at the Annual General Meeting on 12th July.

What happens after an application is submitted?

After the application deadline, the Nominations Committee will review the applications received against the Board's skills requirements. The Committee will then make a recommendation to the Board, which will then put forward candidates to election.

What support will new trustees receive?

New trustees are expected to participate in trustee induction sessions. This will include meeting with the Chief Executive, Governance Manager and the Chair of the Board.

New trustees will also be invited to attend Board committees to get a better understanding of the work they do in support of the Board. Throughout their term of office, trustee's are encouraged to undertake training, and attend conferences and events to equip them with the knowledge needed to discharge their duties.

For more information about becoming a trustee

If you would like more information on becoming a trustee please contact Oli O’Hanlon.