Chair of Board

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 20th February 2022

  • Advertised from 14th January 2022


The Board of Trustees is seeking to recruit a dynamic, visionary and forward-thinking Chair.

About us:

Edinburgh Science Foundation is an educational charity, founded in 1989, which stages Edinburgh Science Festival, the learning programmes Generation Science and Careers Hive along with many overseas STEM engagement 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. 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:

The successful applicant will bring experience and knowledge with which to lead Edinburgh Science, Edinburgh Science Worldwide and Edinburgh Science Foundation. With a deep commitment to our mission and vision, and the ability to provide effective support and challenge to the Board of Trustees, you will play a key role in shaping the means of achieving our vision.

There are four full board meetings of Edinburgh Science Ltd and a further four executive management committee meetings that consider the work of our three entities Edinburgh Science Ltd, Edinburgh Science Worldwide Ltd (handles overseas work) and Edinburgh Science Foundation (parent charity) you would be expected to chair.

About you:

  • You have a senior / executive level background in a complex organisation with experience of working collaboratively to deliver change and increased impact.
  • You have previous governance experience with time to invest in this role.
  • You have a passion for and commitment to our vision and to diversity and inclusion.
  • You have the ability to chair meetings in a fair and impartial way with strong communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills, including public speaking.

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

We are also looking to diversify the Board and we would be very interested in applicants who are:

  • Women
  • From BME or under-represented groups

Application notes

Click the link below to visit 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 why you think you are suitable for this opportunity and what you could contribute.

If you would welcome an informal chat before deciding whether to submit an application please do contact Simon Gage, Chief Executive Officer,

Apply online

The closing date for applications is: Sunday 20 February, 11.59PM

Virtual Interviews will be held from: Wednesday 16 March 2022

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.