The Babraham Institute is an independent research institute conducting internationally recognised research in basic cell and molecular biology with a focus upon the study of lifelong health and wellbeing. One of eight institutes strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Babraham Institute is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Certain activities of the Charity must be approved by the Charity's members. The Babraham Institute has three members: the BBSRC as a Corporate Member, the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Chair of the Audit Committee.
The Babraham Institute Board of Trustees has specific responsibilities under the BBSRC Conditions of Grant. It is responsible for the financial management and administration of the Institute and ensures that the Charity is acting within its Memorandum and Articles of Association. Ultimately, the Board has responsibility for developing the strategy for the Institute alongside the Director, and oversees and reviews the management and achievements of the Institute.
The Board is now seeking to appoint new Trustees to replace those who will be stepping down in the period 2023-24. Non-scientific Trustees will have substantial experience of management and leadership in professional services, including specifically in finance and in HR policy and strategy. The Institute is also looking to appoint Trustees in relevant scientific disciplines, including epigenetics. In addition to supporting the Director as an independent voice, the Board will provide an appropriate balance of complementarity and challenge, together with new perspectives. Trustees will have both the relevant expertise and the leadership skills to work with the Director to steer the Institute and the personal gravitas to be able to act as a positive ambassador across a variety of different situations.
The appointment would be for an initial term of three years with the possibility of extension for a further three years.
The Babraham Institute is committed to promoting and developing a culture of excellence, diversity and mutual respect that supports the Institute’s ambitions and attracts highly motivated and talented people. The Babraham Institute is a Disability Confident Employer and has a positive approach to employing disabled people.
The Institute has engaged Perrett Laver to support the Board in this appointment and further information can be downloaded from their website at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ using reference number 6283. For informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr Urvashi Ramphul Urvashi.Ramphul@PerrettLaver.com or +44 207 340 6280.
Applications should consist of a letter of application together with a curriculum vitae, and details (email and telephone) of two referees who may be consulted.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon GMT on Monday 30 January 2023. The full field of candidates will be subsequently reviewed by the Board. Dates for formal interviews will be confirmed in due course.
08 December 2022