Welcome from DR helen pain, CHAIR

Dear applicant

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive of the Science Council.

We are the membership organisation for professional bodies and learned societies in science and we champion and uphold standards across our profession through professional registration of scientists and technicians.

In consultation with our Member Bodies, we have recently undertaken a review of our strategy and we are now searching for a new Chief Executive who will lead and support our important work. The Science Council’s purpose is realised through key themes relating to Community and Membership, Registers and Licensing, and Policy and Influence. Our new Chief Executive will ensure that the strategy to deliver our purpose is developed and implemented and, looking ahead, enable us to continue to meet the needs of our Members and be an influential voice in the science community.

Located in central London, you will be part of a team of ten staff and be responsible for leading the Science Council on behalf of the Board of Trustees, ensuring a balance between day-to-day management of operations and planning the future direction of the organisation. The Board and I are searching for someone who will provide inspirational and intelligent leadership for the Science Council, acting and communicating on behalf of the Board with all stakeholders in line with our core values. You will also have the vision to grow and develop the Science Council as a relevant, respected and sustainable organisation.

You will come with a track record of successful leadership, ideally within a professional or membership body, the science community or non-profit of similar size and complexity, having demonstrated exceptional skills in organisational development, membership engagement and a sound awareness of policy and public affairs. We require someone who possess excellent communication skills, effective stakeholder engagement and partnership-development experience to effectively navigate the internal and external environment and be able to balance competing views. Equally, we wish for someone who will bring a successful track record of managing a skilled team of staff to achieve their goals within a culture that embraces inclusion and diversity.

This is an exciting time for the successful applicant to join the organisation as our new Chief Executive, playing a key role in helping us shape the future of the Science Council.

If this sounds like you, and you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity, you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners: James Hunt on james@peridotpartners.co.uk.

We wish you every success in your application.

Kind regards,

Dr Helen Pain CSci CChem FRSC
Chair of the Board

ABOUT The Science Council

Statement from the President of the Science Council, Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS      

Scientific discovery delivers a multitude of societal benefits; from tackling global challenges such as shortages of energy, water and strategic materials, to deepening our understanding of the universe, to developing new technologies that make our lives more comfortable and connected to each other.

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, I am certain that the Science Council, in partnership with its Member Bodies, can play a leading role in championing the value of the science profession to government, employers, scientists and science technicians, and to the wider public. Together they can work as a cohesive body with a single powerful voice, and I believe now more than ever that the profession must work collectively to deliver economic growth and societal progress.

About Us
The Science Council is a membership organisation for professional bodies and learned societies in science. Its membership embraces the breadth of science and represents most sectors of the economy; a broad range of scientific disciplines and multi-disciplinary scientific activity; and encompasses research scientists, industrial scientists, and technical staff.

Established under Royal Charter in 2003, the Science Council is a registered charity with over 40 Member Bodies. Its headquarters are in London, UK. Ever since its foundation, the Science Council’s principal objective, as stated in its Royal Charter, has been “to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, pure and applied, for the public benefit.”

To fulfill this purpose, the Science Council advances professionalism in science through the professional registration of scientists and technicians that meet a high professional standard and competence and follow an established code of conduct. It holds three professional registers: Chartered Scientist (CSci and CSciTeach), Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech).

The Science Council also provides a forum to connect Members for discussion and information exchange. This supports our Members in furthering their own commitment to advance science for the public’s benefit.

Values: 

  • We will be Inclusive of all disciplines of science and all types of scientist and science technicians through our Member Bodies.
  • We will be Informed by evidence and research and by our Member Bodies and Registrants.
  • At all times, we will be Positive and balanced in our promotion of the contribution of scientists and technicians to society and of our Members, our registrants and the science workforce as a whole.
  • We will be Collaborative in our approach to debate and discussion and in our attitude to conversation in general.

 
The Science Council is a democratic organisation governed by a Board of Trustees which is answerable to the Council of Member Bodies. The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Dr Helen Pain CSci CChem.  There are three Standing Committees: Finance, Audit and Risk; Governance; and the Registration Authority, and these are delegated by the Board to oversee the various aspects of its activities. The Executive, led by the Chief Executive, runs the day-to-day affairs of the charity. The President of the Science Council is Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS who is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.

Science Council Strategy 2019-2022

In 2019 the Science Council will be embarking on a new strategic plan for the next three years to deepen its relationship with Members and better fulfil its purpose. More information can be found about the current plan on the website, but the three key strands are:

Registers and Licenses

The Science Council acts as guardian of the registration standards, managing the registers on behalf of the members and licensing them to award professional registration. To promote high standards of professionalism across all areas of science, the Science Council works with members to make the registers available as widely as possible.

Community and Membership

The Science Council’s strength comes from its broad membership across disciplines and professions and an ability to be multi and inter-disciplinary in its approach. We take an inclusive approach to membership and welcome all qualifying organisations committed to high professional standards in science.

Policy and Influence

Collectively the Science Council’s members represent the views of a broad community of scientists, technicians, science teachers, students and trainees. Many member bodies actively engage with policy makers, lending their expertise to maximise the value of science to society. The Science Council can coordinate, showcase and amplify these voices to increase impact.

Further information, please visit the Science Council’s website www.sciencecouncil.org

about the role

Chief Executive, Science Council
Location: London W1
Salary: c£85,000, dependant on experience

The Science Council is the membership organisation for professional bodies and learned societies in science and we champion and uphold standards across our profession through professional registration of scientists and technicians. Over the last few years the Science Council has established itself as a leading voice for the professional practice of science, independent of discipline. To help us continue this work, we now seek a new Chief Executive who will need exceptional strategic, interpersonal and ambassadorial skills to operate effectively in this wide ranging, changing and complex environment.

As our new Chief Executive, you join us at an incredibly important and exciting time in our development. You will develop and deliver our new strategy which reiterates our purpose and draws on key themes relating to Community and Membership, Registers and Licensing, and Policy and Influence. This is a complex and challenging role and as such we are looking for an outstanding candidate who brings a comprehensive range of skills and experience.

You will be resilient and energetic, able to demonstrate a track record of delivering strategic plans  within a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. You will possess sophisticated communication skills, effective stakeholder engagement and partnership development experience to effectively navigate our internal and external environment and be able to balance competing views.  Our impact on science and skills is vital, thus you will need to be credible and effective in an ambassadorial role, influencing policy in partnership with our Member Bodies.

This will be an exciting time for the successful applicant to join the organisation as our new Chief Executive, playing a key role in helping us shape the future of the Science Council and its members.

For more information please visit the 'HOW TO APPLY' section.

Closing date for formal application is: 9am, Monday 29th October 2018

HOW TO APPLY

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