Chair of the Science Advisory CouncilClosed
|Body:||The Science Advisory Council (SAC)|
|Appointing Department:||Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs|
|Sector:||Environment, Food & Rural Affairs|
|Location:||SAC usually meet face to face four times a year in London, the rest of council business is conducted virtually. At present, all interaction is being conducted by Microsoft Teams.|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Remuneration:||Remuneration for SAC business is £53.00 per hour. Preparation time may also be claimed. Reasonable travel expenses are also paid.|
|Time Requirements:||During the year, SAC business will require a total of approximately 11 days.|
Closed for Applications
04/03/2021 at 12:00
Final Interview Date
14th and 15th April 2021
Professor Gideon Henderson Added 10/02/2021
Defra Chief Scientific Adviser • Departmental Official
Tom Walker Added 10/02/2021
Defra Director of Environment Strategy • Other Panel Member
Professor Judith Petts Added 10/02/2021
Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University • Independent Member
The Science Advisory Council (SAC) provides independent and scientific support, advice and challenge to Defra.
The SAC’s remit is broad and focuses primarily on the strategic direction of the Departments’ evidence. It delivers independent high-level, cross cutting, strategic advice and challenge to help assure the evidence used in Defra policy development and delivery and to this end diversity of thought within the members is encouraged.
We are looking for a Chair who has the right qualities to take responsibility for the leadership and output of SAC. In doing so, the Chair will work in partnership with the CSA and SAC members to ensure SAC is able to provide high-level, strategic advice and constructive challenge on Defra’s use of evidence on high profile policies (often at pace) and on cross cutting and longer term challenges relating to the environment, food and rural affairs. The Chair will also ensure SAC provides advice on how Defra should look to further improve its use of evidence and external advice. In addition to this the Chair will offer advice to the CSA in his oversight role of other Defra scientific expert committees.
The Chair will perform these duties by leading discussions with SAC members and Defra officials through a mixture of formal meetings and smaller working groups. In doing so, the Chair will ensure all SAC members are able to contribute to discussions and effective use of SACs time is achieved through purposeful engagement, that will add value to policy-making at Defra.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following essential criteria:
• An ability to lead a diverse team of influential people and the ability to command the respect and confidence of Ministers, the CSA, senior officials, senior scientists and other stakeholders.
• The ability to chair complex multidisciplinary discussions, drawing out the views of all members, arriving at consensus, being clear on uncertainty and producing relevant and clear outcomes.
• A collaborative style and an aptitude for partnership working; this would include an ability to engage with people in a respectful and inclusive way.
• An understanding of the interface between science, commerce and policy and demonstrable ability in strategically assessing the application of evidence in policy-making. This would include the ability to recognise where and how science can enhance policy-making.
• Strong analytical skills with the capacity to examine issues in an impartial way and the ability to ensure that SAC provides high-level science advice not limited by their area of expertise.
The Department has due regard to diversity. Expenses may include reimbursement of reasonable additional childcare or other carer costs that are occurred due to SAC commitments, and the reimbursement of reasonable additional expenses of disabled people.
|1_Chair candidate pack|
|2_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest and Conduct)|
|3_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity and political activity form)|
|4_Public Appointments Guidance Notes|
|5_Public Appointments Privacy Notice|