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Member of Board of Trustees

15 Jun 2023

CaSE seeks new Board members

The Board of CaSE seeks dynamic new trustees to help steer the organisation in the next phase of its evolution and to oversee and facilitate its exciting programme of work. New trustees should be committed to advocacy of science and engineering, promotion of collaborative and partnership working across sectors, and to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We are committed to broadening the diversity of our Board membership, and are particularly seeking people with one or more of the following areas of experience:

  • R&D policy and implementation in Government
  • Working in an R&D-led industry
  • Incorporating public insights into advocacy

We are seeking to appoint up to two new Board members at our Annual General Meeting in November 2023, and welcome both nominations and direct applications for candidates.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the UK’s leading advocate for science and engineering, influencing its direction, and working with experts from every corner of the research and innovation ecosystem. You will bring your unique perspective to a team with a proven record for supporting and influencing our national research and innovation landscape. This is an exciting time to join the CaSE board as we work to put science and engineering at the heart of the UK’s future.

CaSE believes that a diverse Board is a more effective Board. We are committed to broadening the diversity of our board membership and welcome applications from all candidates, including those without prior board experience.

Application Process

To apply, please outline in no more than 500 words how you (or a colleague) meet at least one of the above criteria. You may also submit a 2-page CV. Please send this to Nesh Ismail ( by midnight on Sunday 16th July 2023. If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Nesh Ismail who will arrange for you to speak with the Chair of the Nominations and Appointments Committee, Jeremy Clayton, or a suitable alternative.

The Nominations and Appointments Committee will draw up a shortlist of candidates in July/August. Following this, interviews with prospective candidates will be arranged as required (most likely in September), with candidates being notified of the results shortly after. New Board members will be formally announced at the November AGM.

In drawing up the shortlist, the committee will consider the needs of the Board in terms of skills and experience and will also play close attention to the diversity of the Board both in terms of protected characteristics and also in terms of representation e.g. of discipline, organisation size and type, geography, stakeholder group and career experience. 

Role Background

You can find out more about the Purpose and Values of CaSE and about our current Board. As set out in our Articles of Association, the charitable objects of CaSE are; promoting science and engineering and to highlight the importance of these fields … especially within research and development funding; education; the use of science and engineering for public policy; diversity; and economic issues. 

CaSE is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee, therefore the CaSE Board are trustees of the charity and non-executive directors of the company. The Board is responsible for the good governance and financial management of the organisation. The Board helps set the strategic direction of CaSE and use their broad range of expertise in an advisory capacity to the staff team who run the organisation on a day-to-day basis. Directors are not remunerated for their role on the Board, but can claim reasonable travel expenses. The term of appointment is three years, with the option of remaining on the Board for a second term (six years in total). 

The CaSE Board meets four times a year using a combination of virtual and in person meetings in January, April, June and October. Additionally we hold an AGM (November) and an annual lecture (Winter). In order to perform their duties as a trustee and director of the company, Board members are expected to attend Board meetings and, ideally, the AGM. We understand that new Board members may have prior commitments that prevent them attending. Candidates are asked to consider if they can make a firm commitment to attend Board meetings for the duration of their term of appointment. 

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Closing date

16 July 2023 23:59

Interview date

September 2023