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“The mission of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) is to understand and protect plants and fungi for the wellbeing of people and the future of all life on Earth. Their aspiration is to end the extinction crisis and to help create a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. To complement its existing skills and knowledge, the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is seeking up to two new members with expertise in digital/IT, expertise in capital projects and/or expertise in commercial experience, as well as meeting the essential criteria for the role.”
Time: 10-12 days per annum
Closes: 27th April– – – – – – – – –
“We are looking for three new members of the Darwin Expert Committee (DEC), which is made up of independent experts including academics, practitioners and NGO representatives, along with government officials, all with significant senior leadership, knowledge and experience of biodiversity conservation and/or poverty reduction programmes in low- and middle-income countries. The primary role of the DEC is to provide high quality and independent technical specialist advice to the Darwin Initiative – one of Defra’s Biodiversity Challenge Funds (BCF), along with the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund and Darwin Plus. It competitively awards grants for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction activities in eligible countries, helping these countries meet their commitments under the Multilateral Environment Agreements, Sustainable Development Goals, and national policy.”
Time: Members will be required to commit to: around fourteen days per annum in total to assess applications plus; two to three one-day sift meetings, plus; one to two strategy discussion days, where DEC members input on the long-term direction of the scheme.
Remuneration: We will be offering recruited members a stiped of £250 per day plus reimbursement of reasonable (standard class) travel and subsistence costs for attending committee meetings, and internet costs if needed.
Closes: 1st May– – – – – – – – –
“The Chair will be expected to do the following (amongst other things): oversee reforms to the LEASE service, including contributing to service improvement and working with the Department on what this means for LEASE; oversee the creation and delivery of robust and regular insights to DLUHC and the Welsh government on the issues that leaseholders and park homeowners are facing to support Government action where needed; provide clear strategic direction for the organisation and Executive/Non-Executive teams, using engagement with the Minister and DLUHC/Welsh Government officials to fully understand priorities and what these mean for LEASE.”
Time: 4-6 years
Remuneration: £135,000 to £148,000 per annum
Closes: 8th May– – – – – – – – –
“The UK Genetics for Livestock and Equines (UKGLE) Committee is an expert scientific advisory committee providing advice to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland…The Committee provides advice to Defra and Devolved Administrations on all issues relating to livestock genetic resources, particularly their efficient production, conservation, and sustainable use. For this purpose, UKGLE covers cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and equines. UKGLE needs excellent people to help it deliver its vital work in assisting Defra to raise awareness of livestock genetic resources, responding to new technological advances, advising on ways of improving the productivity of livestock, and on zootechnical controls.”
Time: The UKGLE Committee meets up to three times each year. Some preparation time for the meetings will be required. Members may be required to work on average 1-2 days per month.
Remuneration: Committee members receive an attendance fee of £180 per meeting plus fees for preparation of £45 for 3 hours or £90 for 6 hours or more. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will also be reimbursed.
Closes: 9th May– – – – – – – – –
“The Prime Minister wishes to appoint a Chair to the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Group (SMG) to succeed Dame Mary Archer whose term of office as Chair comes to an end in December 2023. SMG has a clear and ambitious vision for the future as it recovers from the global pandemic. With this in mind, candidates will bring leadership experience gained in an organisation of similar size or status, a strong understanding of corporate governance, and the ability and influence to act as an advocate and an ambassador for SMG with a diverse range of stakeholders…SMG is the world’s leading group of science museums, including the Science Museum (South Kensington, London) the Science and Industry Museum (Manchester), National Science and Media Museum (Bradford), the National Railway Museum and Locomotion (York and Shildon) and the National Collections Centre (Wroughton).”
Time: Adhoc, with a 4 year term
Remuneration: You can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs which are properly and necessarily incurred on official business, in line with the travel and subsistence policy and rates for the organisation to which you are applying.
Closes: 18th May– – – – – – – – –
“Arts Council England is looking to appoint new Chairs to the South East and North Area Councils. We are interested in hearing from candidates who are passionate about the arts, culture and creativity and understand the positive contribution that they can make to our lives, our communities and the economy. The role of the Area Chair is rewarding and varied. As well as leading the Area Council and acting as an advocate for creativity and culture in the area, you will help to set the strategic direction of the organisation and make key investment and policy decisions. You will also be a member of the Arts Council’s governing body – National Council – and a trustee of the charity.”
Time: 4 years
Remuneration: £6858 per annum
Closes: 19th May