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Vice-President for Cultural Development - British Science Association

Organisation: British Science Association
Vacancy Type: Trustee
Deadline: 14th January 2019
Region: Nation Wide

Vacancy Details

The British Science Association is seeking to appoint a new Vice-President for Cultural Development to the BSA's Council who will build on the work of the outgoing post-holder, Deborah Bull. Deborah is a creative leader, cultural commentator and Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, and is stepping down from the Vice-President role having completed her three-year term.

The BSA is a charity and Royal Charter Company founded in 1831. Our vision is of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture, and our mission is to transform the diversity and inclusivity of science; to reach under-served audiences; and increase the number of people who are actively engaged and involved in science.

This is an exciting time for the BSA – a new Chair will also be announced in early 2019, taking over from Lord David Willetts – we are one year into our three year business plan, and have recently been awarded a significant ‘Sustaining Excellence' grant from the Wellcome Trust to undertake a transformational programme of work to transform the diversity and inclusion of the organisation and the wider science engagement sector. We want to create a world where science is seen as a cultural activity alongside areas such as sport, politics and the arts.

To succeed, we need to extend our networks of partners, funders and stakeholders well beyond the science sector to reach influencers in business, policy, research, education and culture. One of our challenges is that science is still seen as the preserve of professional scientists, and 76% of the UK public identify themselves as not interested or inactive towards science (King's College London, 2016). Another challenge is the lack of diversity within science, and those who traditionally engage with it.

The role of Vice-President for Cultural Development aims to support the organisation's work to diversify the pool of leaders within science and society – and bring in voices from policy, business, the media and underrepresented groups. This role sits alongside the Vice-Presidents of our Engagement and Education programmes and fellow Council members. We are looking for someone who is excited by our vision and would like to apply the energy, experience and their influential networks to leverage change across science and society.

As Vice-President for Cultural Development, your role is to provide strategic oversight of the BSA's Cultural Development aims, and to represent the BSA to key stakeholder audiences. Your responsibilities as the Vice-President for Cultural Development will be to:

  • Represent the BSA externally and act as a spokesperson for the BSA, including with stakeholders, influencers, funders and the media
  • Support the Cultural Development team's strategy and direction
  • Leverage your networks within areas such as policy, media, business and diversity and inclusion to raise the BSA's profile
  • Attend Council meetings
  • Provide support and challenge to the Senior Management and Cultural Development teams - Demonstrate leadership on the BSA's commitment to improve diversity and inclusion
  • Support the Chair to ensure Council operates effectively, complies with relevant legislation and adheres to guidance on good governance
  • Approve the Trustees' annual report to the UK's charity regulators.

As a member of Council, you will be a charity trustee. Therefore, together with the other members of Council, 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. Council is jointly responsible for the appointment, supervision and appraisal of the Chief Executive. You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the principles of effective governance and financial management in charities, and to the BSA's goal of improving diversity & inclusivity.

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 networks in policy with experience of working with key influencers in government and the civil service in areas such as science, technology, innovation, digital, the creative industries or education. It would be helpful to have experience of supporting change management initiatives around equity, diversity and inclusion, but this is not essential. Leadership abilities, communication skills, good judgement, and personal gravitas will be very valuable.

We are especially keen to hear from people from communities who are currently under-represented on Council, including people from ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities.

Reasonable travel expenses are covered for trustee meetings.

Advert Start Date: 3rd January 2019
Contact Telephone Number: -
Contact Name: Katherine Mathieson
Contact E-mail: katherine.mathieson@britishscienceassociation.org
Url: https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/

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