UK Research and Innovation - Non-Executive Directors

Body: UK Research and Innovation
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Science & Technology
Location: London and Swindon
Number of Vacancies: Up to 4
Remuneration: £9,180 per annum
Time Requirements: 20 days per annum


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has on Friday 24 September confirmed the appointment of 6 new non-executive directors to the board of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Details at this link.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    w/c 08/02. Please note this is subject to change,

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 01/03 and 08/03. Please note this is subject to change.

  • Announcement

    24/09/2021 at 07:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The UKRI Board is expected to provide clear strategic direction and oversight, promoting the importance of UK research and innovation and supporting the senior leadership team of the organisation to embed effective ways of working across UKRI.

We are seeking to complement the current Board by appointing candidates’ with backgrounds in the following areas:   

  • Entrepreneurship, investing or venture capital within technology, scientific, R&D intensive industries or service sectors.  
  • Active researchers in academia or the private sectors across the sciences, humanities and the arts, in particular environmental sciences and technologists.  
  • Private, public sector, charity or university leaders with strong backgrounds in risk management and corporate assurance.  


Person Specification

Candidates should meet all essential criteria as follows: 
A strategic and dispassionate mindset with excellent listening, influencing and communication skills, intellectual capacity and inquisitiveness.  
Ability to help develop, communicate and deliver a clear and strategic vision for UKRI.  
The highest levels of stakeholder agility, capable of influencing an environment with a highly complex landscape of stakeholders.  
Candidates should meet one or more of the following desirable qualities detailing which one(s) they meet:  
Understanding of how to deliver significant cultural change and organisational development within a large organisation that has both national and international visibility.  
Significant experience of leading new or early stage business launches and successful organisational expansion.  
Senior financial management experience gained through management of substantial budgets within a complex environment and a strong understanding of commercial and business issues.  
Deep understanding of the Research & Development environment and how it can best produce knowledge and economic and societal benefit, and the systems and approaches best used to affect this.  
Strong links with the business community and the ability to build coalitions to leverage private sector involvement.  
A strong grasp on how to support the growth of advanced technology, digitisation and future industries and how to increase productivity in existing industries, through the employment of technology.  
Experience working within academia industry, business and innovation in Scotland, Wales and/or Northern Ireland.  


Additional Information

Please tailor your application to show how you meet the criteria listed. You should set out your suitability for the role and how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification.

If you are shortlisted for the role, due diligence will be carried out and your referees are likely to be contacted.

You will be asked to prepare some identification documents if you are invited to an interview – further information will be provided at that stage.

Interviews are likely to be held remotely through Microsoft Teams.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 11pm on 8 February 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For us to progress your application, you must submit both of the following documents before 11pm on 8 February 2021:

  • curriculum vitae; and,
  • a supporting statement

by email, with the subject “UKRI NED” to:

If you do not submit both a curriculum vitae and a supporting statement by 11pm on 8 February 2021, your application will not be progressed any further.

We also ask that you complete an online application form, including diversity monitoring information, which can be found here

Your curriculum vitae and supporting statement must each be no longer than two pages in length. If you submit documents which are longer than two pages, any information not contained within the first two pages of each document will be disregarded and will not be seen by the assessment panel.

As a Disability Confident Leader, BEIS will offer interviews to disabled candidates who meet the published minimum requirements for a job or role. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the declaration in the Diversity Monitoring Form provided. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability.

Whether you choose to apply under the Disability Confident scheme or not, you can still ask us to make particular adjustments for you when attending an interview.

If you wish to discuss the role further or have queries about the requirements, please contact and we will put you in touch with an appropriate person to speak to.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Nadia Toma at

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