Board of Trustees Vacancy

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.

Our 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 the Society, ensures compliance with the governing document, ensures accountability and makes sure resources are used effectively. The Board works closely with the Executive Director.

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 2018 we will be 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.

A full description of the roles of a BES Trustee and Ordinary Member of the Board are below, as is the nomination form. Deadline for receipt of nominations is 10:00 BST on 2 July 2018.

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 Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is held during the December Annual Meeting. In 2018, our Annual Meeting will be held in Birmingham.

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