Call for BES Vice President

We are seeking a leader within the ecological community to become one of the two Vice Presidents of the British Ecological Society.

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The role

The Vice President acts as a deputy for the President when needed and chairs the Membership Committee of the BES. It is a voluntary position.

The remit of the Membership Committee is the development and oversight of our member acquisition, retention and engagement strategy. The committee is also responsible for seeking out and, where relevant, the implementation of new membership benefits and ensuring that existing services are kept under continuous review.

As well as providing inclusive leadership to the Membership Committee, they may undertake assignments for the President, such as the chairing of a task and finish group. The Vice President also supports and, where appropriate, challenges the Executive Team. They ensure that their Committee operates effectively and works closely with the relevant parts of the Executive Team to achieve agreed objectives. They act as an ambassador and a public face of the BES.

After several years in roles at the BES and chairing the BES Membership Committee with great success, Professor Yvonne Buckley has stepped down from the role and we are seeking a replacement for her who can start as soon as possible.

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.  We will co-opt the appointee onto the BES Board of Trustees before the AGM elections which take place at the end of the year.

The 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 its 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 Chief Executive.

The Board comprises officers of the Society, including the Vice President, Committee Chairs and three Ordinary Members. The three Ordinary Members represent specific ecological communities: early career, ecologists working outside higher education and research institutes and ecologists working in academic research.


There are four Board meetings a year, one of which takes place during the Annual Meeting in December.  The Board occasionally holds strategic awaydays.  The Vice President also chairs the BES Membership Committee which meets twice a year.

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 BES business 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 a maximum of two terms.


Click here for full descriptions of the roles of BES Board of Trustee and Vice President.

Application for the role is by a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4, stating how you meet the requirements of the role and a CV.  The deadline receipt of applications is 10:00 BST on 11 July 2022 and it should be emailed to the BES Chief Executive Director, Dr Hazel Norman,

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