Non-Executive Board Director

Role: Board Member for Edinburgh Science Ltd
Status: non-remunerated/voluntary role
Work location: Edinburgh

We are seeking a new member to join our Edinburgh Science Ltd Board.

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This is an interesting, challenging and exciting opportunity for a forward thinking, self-motivated and highly driven individual to join the Board of Edinburgh Science Ltd. 


We are a not-for-profit enterprise that delivers activities in the UK including Edinburgh Science Festival, the learning programmes Generation Science, Careers Hive and a variety of climate /sustainability events and activities.


About us:

Our mission is to inspire, encourage and challenge people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, understand and engage with the world around them and to communicate the educational, social and economic benefits of science and technology. As leaders in our field of Science Communication, we work year-round to create and deliver dynamic hands-on workshops and exhibitions and inspirational shows, discussions, debates and performances that continually push the boundaries of public engagement with science. Communication and engagement is at the core of all our work and we strive to ensure that this is embedded in all aspects of our organisation.


About the role:

We aim to have a Board which covers the key areas in which we work, and we are now seeking to appoint an additional member.  We are also looking to diversify the Board.  We encourage applications from the whole breadth of our ethnically and culturally diverse communities, and from people at all stages in their careers.


A summary of the role, tasks and responsibilities and other background is available here:


Priority will be focussed on potential new members who have experience and skills in:


  • Finance and Accountancy

Our non-executive board have ultimate responsibility for the operation and development of the organisation, including employability, compliance with legislation, fundraising, public relations and financial control.


There are four full board meetings of Edinburgh Science Ltd you would be expected to attend.  Other sub-committees may meet on an ad hoc basis.


About you:

  • Proven executive experience, ideally in an environment where managing change has been required.
  • A strong strategic and commercial background.
  • An interest in the work of Edinburgh Science.
  • An excellent ability to work in collaboration with other stakeholders.
  • Experience of formation, implementation and achievement of a business vision and strategy.
  • IT literacy.

If you have the skills, experience, and time to commit to this role, then we would love to hear from you.


We would be particularly interested in applicants who are:

  • Women
  • From BME or under-represented groups


How to apply:

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Click the link below to apply via our dedicated careers portal. 


Please complete our Brief online application fully. 


You will be asked to upload your current Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter/supporting statement for us to consider – please ensure you detail clearly reasons for why you would like to join the Board/suitability and what you could contribute.


We encourage pre-application informal enquiries; these should be directed to our current Chair of the Board, Brendan Dick, or Simon Gage, Chief Executive Officer,

The closing date for applications: Sunday 30 April, 11.59PM


Interviews will be held from: W/c 15 May 2023


At Edinburgh Science we welcome applications from all backgrounds because we believe that bringing together people with different perspectives, ideas and experiences always leads to better discussions, decisions and results.



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Edinburgh Science

Edinburgh Science Foundation is an educational charity that inspires people of all ages and backgrounds around the world to experience the wonder of science and technology. Best known for Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival – the world’s first science festival and still one of the world’s largest – and for our Learning programmes that sees Generation Science tour Scotland and bring science to life in classrooms throughout the year and promotes STEM careers to teens through initiatives such as Careers Hive. An increasing worldwide element shares our content, passion and expertise more widely through an extensive portfolio of international projects.

Our mission is to inspire, encourage and challenge people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, understand and engage with the world around them and to communicate the educational, social and economic benefits of science and technology.


Our language is that of live experiences that amaze, inform and entertain in equal measure. We put the customer first whether they are the public, school teacher or pupil. We want to be the best before we are the largest. We thrive on creativity, rely upon professionalism and insist on accuracy. We believe in testing what we do assuming that rarely can an event not be improved. We respect and nurture the partnerships on which we depend for support, people and ideas. We know we are only as good as the people we work with and so value them all, here and abroad.


We are a Living Wage employer We are a Disability Confident committed employer