BES President

We are seeking an exceptional leader within the ecological community to head the British Ecological Society (BES) and its Board of Trustees.

This is a vital and high-profile role which has a significant impact on the ecological community and on the delivery of our vision where nature and people thrive in a world inspired by ecology.

Credit: Sebastian Lakner

About the Role

The President holds the Board of Trustees and Executive Team to account for the Society’s vision and mission. They provide inclusive leadership to the Board, ensuring each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the BES.

The President also supports, and, where appropriate, challenges the Chief Executive. They ensure that the Board of Trustees functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the BES to achieve agreed objectives.

The President acts as an ambassador and the public face of the BES in partnership with the Chief Executive.

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 and the Senior Leadership Team.

The Board of Trustees comprises officers of the Society, including the President, Committee Chairs and four Ordinary Members. The four Ordinary Members represent specific ecological communities; early career, ecologists working outside HEIs and research institutes, and ecologists working in academic research plus a co-opted Member with skills in business development.

Further information

Role Pack A summary of the call for BES President, about the role, who we’re seeking, the expected time commitment for this role and the recruitment process.

BES President role description  including responsibilities and person specification of the BES President

BES Trustee role description including responsibilities and person specification for BES Trustees

How to Apply

Closing date: Please apply by 10:00am BST 17th June 2024

We will confirm invitations to interview by 21st June 2024

Recognising that applicants will have busy diaries, interviews will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time between 8-10th July


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