BES Board of Trustees – Ordinary Member

Would you like to influence your Society at the highest level? Then read on because we are seeking a new member of the BES Board of Trustees.

A mountain surrounded by clouds taken during journal prize winner Aya Permin's fieldwork
A tropical cloud mountain where Haldane Prize winner's research took place. Credit: Aya Permin

The BES Board of Trustees is the governing body for the Society, setting and maintaining the vision of the BES and developing a long-term strategy. The Board also creates and monitors policies to govern Society, ensures compliance with the governing document, ensures accountability and makes sure resources are used effectively. The Board works closely with the Chief Executive.

The Board of Trustees comprises officers of the Society, Committee Chairs and three Ordinary Members. The three Ordinary Members represent specific ecological communities; early career, ecologists working outside HEIs and research institutes, and ecologists working in academic research.

In December 2024 we are seeking an ecologist working outside HEIs and research institutes to join the Board. Ecologists work in a range of settings from statutory agencies, national government and local authorities, through to NGOs and environmental consultancies. It is important that the BES understands their needs and provides support and opportunities for them. The Ordinary Member representing this community is expected to demonstrate how their wide network and experiences enables them to advocate for this diverse and dispersed ecological community.

For a full description of the roles of a BES Trustee and Ordinary Member of the Board click here

Trustees are elected by the membership through an electronic ballot and the results of the election are announced at the AGM which is held during the December Annual Meeting.

Nomination is by the form below and the deadline receipt of nominations is 11:00 BST on 9 September 2024. Please click here for the relevant privacy policy.

There are four Board meetings a year, one of which takes place during the Annual Meeting in December. The Board also holds an annual, two-day strategic retreat in the summer. The BES has good video conferencing facilities enabling people to easily participate remotely in meetings, however, the BES will cover the travel expenses of trustees attending Board meetings where needed. The BES also covers the cost of registration and accommodation for Board members attending the Annual Meeting and BES Symposia. New trustees have an induction session and there are opportunities to take part in trustee training. The term of office is three years with the possibility of a second term.

If you have any queries about the role please get in touch with Hazel Norman, Chief Executive,