Vice President Vacancy

We are currently seeking a leader within the ecological community to become one of the two Vice Presidents of the Society.  After several successful years in the role and chairing the BES Grants Committee, Professor Rosie Hails will be stepping down at the end of her term of office and we are seeking a replacement for her.  The BES Grants Committee awards £400k of funding per annum.

The role of a Vice President of the BES is to act as a deputy for the President when needed and to chair the Grants Committee of the Society.  As well as providing inclusive leadership to the Grants 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 may act as an ambassador and the public face of the BES.

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 Executive Director.

The Board of Trustees 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 HEIs and research institutes, and ecologists working in academic research.

In December 2018 we are seeking an ecologist to become the President Elect and to take over the Presidency in December 2019 when the current President’s term of office ends.

For a full description of the roles of a BES Board of Trustee member and President see below.

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 2 July 2018 and it should be emailed to the BES Executive Director, Dr Hazel Norman.

There are four Board meetings a year, one of which takes place during the Annual Meeting in December.  The Vice President also chairs the BES Grants Committee which meets two times a year.

The BES covers the travel expenses of trustees attending Board and Committee 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. 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.