BES Board of Trustees
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.
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 2019 we are seeking an ecologist working in academic research to join the Board. Most BES members are tenured ecologists working in HEIs and research institutes on fundamental and applied ecological research. To continue to thrive and grow the BES needs to be relevant to, and supportive of, that community. The person representing this group will have extended links to the national and international ecological academic community, and be able to represent the views of ecologists working in areas beyond their own sub discipline.
There are four Board meetings a year, one of which takes place during the Annual Meeting in December. Ordinary Members of the Board no longer join other BES Committees as part of their trusteeship. The BES covers the travel expenses of trustees attending Board meetings and also the registration and accommodation costs of attendance at 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.
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.
If you have any queries about the role please get in touch with Hazel Norman, BES Chief Executive, hazel@BritishEcologicalSociety.org.
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