Chair of the Science and Technology Honours Committee
|Body:||Independent Honours Committees|
|Appointing Department:||Cabinet Office|
|Sector:||Science & Technology|
|Location:||London / Remotely|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Remuneration:||Members can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on Committee business. This post is not pensionable.|
|Time Requirements:||This is a part-time post. Chairs of committees are expected to attend six meetings per year – four formal assessment meetings and two pipeline meetings - as well as maintain regular contact with the Honours and Appointments Secretariat and participate in outreach from time to time.|
This is not a ministerial appointment.
Closed for Applications
Final Interview Date
There are ten specialist honours committees which assess honours nominations put forward by members of the public, government departments and professional bodies. All are chaired by independent members who are experts in their fields. Committees recommend nominees to the Prime Minister and The Queen for inclusion in the New Year and Birthday Honours Lists. Committees consider candidates for honours who give service across all aspects of the UK public life and economy. Full details of the honours system, membership of the Honours Committees can be found at https://www.gov.uk/honours
The successful candidate should be an expert in one or more of the areas covered by the Committee’s work. They must be able to command the confidence of other experts in the sector and will be persons of distinction in their own fields who are well qualified to judge the relative merits of potential honours candidates.
They will be able to act with independence of judgement and be individuals of the highest standards of probity and discretion. Experience of operating as Chair in a Committee environment is desirable, but not essential. They will need to be sympathetic with the aims of the honours system and have an awareness of the importance of diversity in the honours process. We would particularly welcome applications from those with a proven track record of championing and improving diversity in their field.
As Chair, the postholder will be responsible for setting the Science and Technology Committee’s strategy on pipeline development, and would be expected to undertake some promotional and outreach activity.
We are looking for an individual who is an acknowledged expert with a strong professional background in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical research, economic or social sciences. Their expertise should have been gained by paid, voluntary or academic work in these areas. The Science and Technology Committee’s remit is to consider nominations from all of the scientific fields of study as well as technology. The successful candidate would be expected to have a broad knowledge of all areas relating to science and technology.
Sectors covered by the Science and Technology Committee include: Arctic explorers; astronomers; space scientists; nuclear scientists; biologists; geographers; geologists; mathematicians; social scientists; Research Council staff and other learned bodies; economists and engineers; environmental scientists; botanists and zoologists; clinical and medical scientists; technologists; veterinary profession; UKRI research (Arts and Humanities, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences, Economic and Social Research, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Medical, Natural Environment, Science and Technology Facilities).
Honours committee chairs must be able to command the confidence of other experts in the sector and will be persons of distinction in their own fields, who are well qualified to judge the relative merits of different candidates for honours. They will be able to act with independence of judgement and be individuals of the highest standards of probity and discretion. The consideration of individual nominations for honours has to be carried out with absolute confidentiality. They will need to be able to handle a large volume of submissions in a timely and efficient manner and be able to work closely with the supporting Secretariat, Government departments and with their fellow committee members. They will need to be sympathetic with the aims of the honours system and have an awareness of the importance of diversity in the honours process. We would particularly welcome applications from those with experience of their sectors outside of London and the South East.
Chairs are expected to set the expectations of their committees and work with members, government departments and Devolved Administrations to ensure the strongest candidates are considered for honours.
In addition, they will be invited to engage with diversity and outreach activity, and particularly in their area of personal expertise. This may involve speaking at events or promoting honours to networks. The post is unpaid but reasonable travel expenses will be paid. Meetings take place in London in usual circumstances, but are currently online. No additional travelling is required. Successful applicants will need to be available for meetings scheduled in September and October 2021.
How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please submit the following documentation:
– A copy of your CV (maximum of 2 A4 pages)
– An accompanying supporting letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) setting out why you are interested in the post and how you meet the skills in the person specification
– Diversity monitoring form
Please email all documentation to email@example.com. We can not currently accept paper applications.
The Cabinet Office is committed to a policy of equal opportunities. Applications are particularly welcome from women, minority ethnic and disabled candidates who are under-represented at this level in public life.
Further information about the honours system can be found at www.gov.uk/honours.
|Honours Committee_ Diversity questionnaire|
|Candidate Pack - Science and Tech Committee|
This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.