Building a Green Future Advisory Board: independent member vacancies

Closing date
5 September 2023
Number of positions
Two to three
Length of term
Two years
Time commitment
Two half day meetings per year with occasional contact in between for specific topics or issues
£200 per meeting
Interview date
18 and 20 October
Outcomes communicated
Two to three weeks after the interview

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) invites applications to join the newly established Advisory Board for the UKRI strategic theme, ‘Building a green future’ (BaGF). We are seeking up to three independent members to join the advisory board.

The BaGF strategic theme seeks to invest in research and innovation to accelerate the green economy, deliver on national priorities, and unlock technologies to deliver a net zero UK by 2050. Within the BaGF theme, there are three main areas of focus:

  • addressing national priorities: partnering with government to co-create research and innovation programmes that address strategic priorities for green growth in the UK
  • accelerating the green economy: addressing the near-term costs of transition to a low-carbon economy, by unlocking solutions in regions across the UK and focusing private sector investment
  • achieving the last 20%: investing in research and innovation in technologies which are not yet ready but are needed to achieve reduced carbon emissions beyond 2030

What we're looking for

We are seeking senior leaders in their field with expertise relevant to the ‘Building a green future’ (BaGF) strategic theme. Particularly, we would welcome applications from individuals working in the clean energy sector and those with expertise in low carbon technology, to complement the existing membership of the board.

You should have a strong interest and track record in research and innovation relevant to BaGF, and an ability to think strategically beyond their discipline. This includes, taking a whole systems, solutions focused approach to addressing large scale complex challenges.

Specifically, we are seeking to recruit members with direct experience of working in:

  • the private sector
  • policy
  • regulation
  • civic society organisations
  • regional or local government
  • industry

We would particularly welcome applications from those with a disability and members of minority ethnic groups currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community.

Members are not required to act as representatives of their own organisation, research area, or industrial sector and are expected to adhere to the seven principles of public life.

Please note that UKRI employees are not eligible to apply.

Essential skills:

  • an excellent understanding of research, innovation, engineering, policy, regulation or business issues relevant to one or more of the following areas:
    • clean energy
    • low carbon technologies
  • direct experience of working in the private sector, policy, regulation, civic society organisations, regional or local government or industry
  • an innovative, solutions focused approach and evidence of strategic thinking
  • effective communicator that works well as part of a team
  • well-developed skills in making judgements across a range of scientific, strategic and policy issues

What you'll be doing

The Building a Green Future (BaGF) Advisory Board will provide the BaGF strategic theme with independent expert advice on the development, delivery, and impact of the theme. Led by an independent Chair, supported by membership drawn from UKRI’s councils council’s, the BaGF Advisory Board will play a key role in shaping UKRI’s BaGF portfolio.

The responsibilities of the BaGF Advisory Board will be to:

  • provide strategic advice on UKRI’s BaGF investment portfolio, including research and innovation priorities relevant to the theme and its place within the wider net zero research and innovation landscape
  • undertake horizon scanning and identify emerging opportunities relevant to the BaGF strategic theme, providing advice on effective strategic interventions needed to meet the ambitions of the theme
  • provide constructive challenge and assurance that UKRI’s BaGF strategy and interventions are fit for purpose, taking account of all necessary stakeholder perspectives
  • oversee monitoring and benchmarking of existing activities and investments relevant to BaGF and their impacts
  • engage with the community to inform future scoping, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs, advocating for the BaGF strategic theme

Read the terms of reference for the BaGF Advisory Board.

How to apply

To apply, candidates should submit the completed application form and CV (limited to two sides) to Laura Carney by 5 September 2023.


The application form is an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate how they meet the person specification. If you have any questions about the recruitment process or require an alternative way to submit your application, please also contact Laura Carney.

How we'll assess your application

Once the deadline has passed, receipt of applications will be acknowledged. The selection panel will then review the applications and agree which applicants will be selected for interview.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be informed of the outcome via email.

Candidates for this role will be shortlisted for interview using the criteria listed in the ‘Who we’re looking for’ section. At the final appointment stages, where applicants are equally qualified on merit, the selection panel will seek to achieve a balanced membership in terms of, for example, diversity, expertise and experience.

The selection panel for the Building a Green Future Advisory Board will comprise:

  • Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Chair of the Building a Green Future Advisory Board
  • Professor Peter Liss, Interim NERC Executive Chair and UKRI SRO for ‘Building a green future’
  • Amanda Collis, Interim Deputy Executive Chair, BBSRC
  • Charlie McNichol-Fardon, Chair of NERC Future Leaders Council

A UKRI representative for the Building a green future team will attend the selection panel to take the official record of the meeting.

Further information


Meetings are likely to be held in London and also via Zoom if required.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

UKRI is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. Applications from women, those with a disability and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged.

At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed. This should be within an ethical and trusted working environment that enables them to do so. The working environment should be attractive and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

We also value diversity of thought and experience and are committed to creating systems that value difference so that everyone can feel welcomed, included and nurtured throughout their time with us.

For further information, please visit ‘How we support equality, diversity and inclusion in the workforce’.

At UKRI we are proud to be users of the disability confident scheme. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any of our vacancies. There is a section on the application form to indicate if you would like to be considered under this scheme.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

In accordance with the GDPR 2016/679 (EU), the personal information provided as part of the Building a Green Future Advisory Board application will specifically be used for the purpose of administering this opportunity. It will be aggregated anonymised data will be used for the purposes of monitoring our advisory and decision-making bodies.

Last updated: 14 September 2023

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