Independent Member of the Science and Technology Honours Committee

Body: Cabinet Office
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Science & Technology
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The post is unpaid but reasonable travel expenses will be paid.
Time Requirements: This is a part-time post. Members are expected to attend quarterly meetings – two formal decision making meetings and two pipeline meetings. In addition, Members will be invited to engage with diversity and outreach activity, and particularly in their area of personal expertise.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Science and Technology Honours Committee is one of ten specialist honours committees which assesses and recommends candidates for honours put forward by members of the public, government departments and professional bodies. The Committee has to select those it wishes to recommend for inclusion in the list which the Prime Minister submits to The Queen for the New Year and Birthday Honours Lists. The Committee considers candidates for honours who work in the science community. Full details of the honours system, membership of the Science and Technology Honours Committee and the areas of work covered by the committee, can be found at

Person Specification

We are looking for an individual who is an expert in the worlds of science and technology and who is able to command the confidence of other experts in the sector. Members will be persons of distinction in their own fields who are well qualified to judge the relative merits of competing 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 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.

Additional Information

Meetings take place in London. No additional travelling is required. Applicants will need to be available for a first meeting on Tuesday 5th February 2019.

How to Apply

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 and further information about the post can be obtained by calling the Honours Secretariat on 020 276 2772.

If you wish to apply, please submit the following documentation:

  • A copy of your CV with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
  • 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
  • Completed monitoring forms

Please email all documentation to If you are unable to email your application, you can post it to Helen Ewen, Head of Honours Secretariat, Cabinet Office, Honours and Appointments Secretariat, Room G.40, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

Diversity monitoring form - Honours

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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