British Geological Survey, non-executive director

Closing date
8 October 2023 (11:59pm)
Number of positions
One to two
Length of term
Three years
Time commitment
10 to 15 days per year
£6,000 each year (if eligible)
Interview date
30 November and 1 December 2023
Outcomes communicated date
December 2023 to January 2024

The British Geological Survey (BGS) have an exciting opportunity for one to two non-executive directors to join its board to ensure BGS carries out its activities in line with the Natural Environment Research Council governance framework, ensuring high quality organisational governance.

You will bring your sector experience and exceptional knowledge to provide constructive challenge to the BGS Director and Senior Management Board, as well as offering support and advice on key issues and policies as needed.

Acting as an advocate for BGS, you will actively participate in planning and evaluation activities as well as ad-hoc assignments.

Who we’re looking for

Applications are sought from individuals with a senior leadership track record in the UK public sector or central government, specifically where scientific research or innovation (including digital) formed part of organisational delivery, policy advice or decision making.

To be successful you should be able to demonstrate the following criteria:

  • an appreciation of the BGS mission, role and priorities
  • a clear understanding of the contribution of the research sector to society and the economy
  • an ability to advise on new opportunities within the remit of the BGS
  • evidence of providing advice and leadership at a senior strategic level, with an ability to exercise judgement across a broad spectrum of policy and research issues
  • an ability to tackle and reach conclusions on sophisticated policy issues

What you’ll be doing

An annual honorarium payment of £6,000 will be paid to non-executive directors, where eligible. This is premised on an expected 10 to 15 days contribution per year.

Travel and subsistence is paid in line with UK Research and Innovation policy. Government and public officials are not permitted to receive an honoraria payment, travel and subsistence should normally be met by their home organisation.

How to apply

Please see the candidate pack (PDF, 1MB) for the documents required. Applications can be submitted by emailing

How we’ll assess your application

See information in the ‘who we’re looking for’ section.

Further information

Find out more about BGS.

Last updated: 11 September 2023

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