NERC Non-Executive Director

Application start and end date: 
1st January 2019 to 18th February 2019
United Kingdom

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is looking for an independent, part-time, non-executive Director to join two other non-executive Directors on the NERC Management Board (NMB). NERC carries out and supports environmental science research in its Research Centres and through funding research carried out in Universities and with other partners. NMB supports the NERC Executive Chair in the day to day management of NERC.

As an NMB non-executive director you will also sit on the NERC Assurance Board and the NERC Centres’ Assurance Boards and participate in other ad hoc task and finish groups as detailed in the Application Pack

Your role will primarily be to

• Scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed organisational goals and objectives;

• Fully participate in assurance of the organisation

• Challenge management on decision-making

• Challenge and scrutinise financial information and ensure that financial controls and systems of risk management and assurance are robust and defensible.

To carry out this role effectively, you will be expected to:

• Visit our Research Centres and Swindon Office to better understand their work

• Share your leadership skills and experiences with fellow NMB members and other leaders in NERC

• Engage with members of NERC Council and other NERC committees as opportunities arise

• Provide independent views on the leadership of key NERC activities, where appropriate

Ideally with experience of managing in a large, complex organisation and an interest in environmental or other sciences, you should be able to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience to help NERC and NMB improve its performance.

In return, as well as offering the opportunity to develop your skills and experience in a new setting, a remuneration package of £9000 per annum is offered, where eligible, together with reasonable travel and subsistence costs (in line with organisational policies) for carrying out the role. The appointment is for a period of three years in the first instance, which may be extended subject to annual performance review.

For further information on roles and responsibilities, the full person specification and details on how to apply please see the application pack

Interviews will be held in London on 10 and 11 April 2019.

The successful candidate will be expected to attend their first meeting on 21 May / 25 June 2019 to facilitate a handover of responsibilities.