Governance Officer

The Society for Experimental Biology

Contract type
Full time. Part time and job share possible
Closing date
17 Apr 2023
£30,000 - £35,000 per annum + Benefits

About the Society

​The Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) is an international membership organisation for those studying, practicing or with an interest in all areas of Experimental Biology. It aims to promote and increase the influence of Experimental Biology and foster cross disciplinary connections within the scientific community. The Society encompasses three scientific sections covering Animal, Plant and Cell biology and has a programme of outreach, education, career building and diversity activities. The Society holds an annual conference and other events serving the needs of the above subjects and publishes 5 scientific journals.

About the Position

We are seeking an experienced Governance Officer to manage and provide secretariat support to named SEB governance committees; tasks will include:

  • active management of actions arising from the Council, audit and risk committee, a scientific section committee and the joint sections committee.  
  • collation and reporting on actions taken for all other governance committees.​

The post holder will also manage administrative arrangements for all in person governance meetings. They will be responsible for managing the SEB records (including governance and financial documentation.)​They will work with the team to provide secretariat and general administrative support to projects (particularly for governance review processes.)

Other responsibilities include but not are limited to the below:

Committee Administration and follow up

Directly administer and manage committee meetings and follow up work for the Council, Audit and Risk Committee, a Scientific Section Committee, and the Joint Sections Committee. Duties include but not limited to: ​

  • Planning dates for meetings (yearly plan in advance to be agreed for meetings listed above)
  • Booking and management of venue, catering, and accommodation requirements.
  • Act as main liaison between the Society and committee members on practical/logistical matters for meetings listed above.
  • In liaison with the staff lead and Chair, agree agendas and manage compilation of associated papers. 
  • Distribute committee papers to a clearly defined timescale and to pre-defined acceptable standards.
  • Attend meetings to take accurate minutes within a clearly defined timescale and to pre-defined acceptable standards and distribute to all stakeholders following approval from staff lead and Chair of Committee.
  • Monthly follow up with staff lead(s) and Trustee(s) to complete actions agreed at Committee meetings.

​The candidate will have experience of and proven success in working across a team to seek, collect and collate comments on documentation, providing a draft in good order for consideration by the CEO and governance committee.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: 17 April 2023

“Please note that the interviews will be virtual and will happen as and when suitable candidates apply

For more information, please visit our website.


How to Apply:

Please submit your CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the post via the button. Please note that applications would not be accepted without a covering letter. 

If you have any queries about the role, please contact   Kofo Balogun

The Society is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family-friendly, inclusive employment policies to support staff from different backgrounds.

The Society also takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused, or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.

Please note that due to limited resources it is not possible for the Society to acknowledge receipt of applications. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

“We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United Kingdom. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.”


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