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Vacancy for Chief Executive of the British Neuroscience Association

Vacancy: Chief Executive of the British Neuroscience Association

Closing date: 05 Aug 2015

Salary: In the range of £34k

Address: British Neuroscience Association, Cardiff University, School of Psychology

Duration: 2 - 4 years


JOB TITLE: Chief Executive

SALARY:  In the range of £34,000.

REPORTING TO: BNA President, or in their absence to the President-Elect and the Past President.

HOURS OF WORK: 40 hours per week.

PLACE OF WORK: The post will be based at Cardiff University, School of Psychology for an initial 2 years.  Liaison with Bristol University will also be required during this post.


About the British Neuroscience Association

The British Neuroscience Association, now celebrating its 50th year, is a professional society that supports and promotes Neuroscience across the UK.  It has over 2000 members at all career stages. It is the largest UK organisation representing all areas of brain research. For further information please visit

About the Post

The BNA is seeking applicants for the new post of Chief Executive.  The post has two principal components:
1) To take an active role in generating income and growing the Association’s membership.

2) To act as the first point of contact for the Association, and organise the subsequent flow of information, filtering it in agreement with the current actions and the longer term strategic demands.  

The role

1) To implement the decisions made by the Association’s governing body, and coordinate the Associations day-to-day activities.
2) To communicate and implement the BNA’s vision and overall strategy, in conjunction with the members of the Association’s governing body.
3) To develop and implement strategies which accelerate income generation and grow membership. 
4) To develop financial plans with guidance from the Treasurer and others, and periodically monitor income and expenditure.
5) To ensure that the BNA is a professionally-run organisation and fulfils its purpose.

Responsibility and authority:

1) Identify and realise new funding opportunities, in collaboration with the President, Trustees, Non-Executive Directors, and other members of the BNA;
2) Identify and support initiatives to increase membership of the BNA; 
3) Ensure that the BNA meets its obligations as defined in the governing documents, including the objectives of the charity;
4) Represent the BNA to promote its interests e.g., with other professional bodies, learned societies, and media;
5) Help select and employ staff or contract freelancers;
6) Oversee and help perform day-to-day administrative tasks in collaboration with the Executive Officer of the BNA, including but not limited to;
7) Setting up and managing projects and events; delegating specific tasks to staff and/or contractors as appropriate;
8) Contributing to the planning and delivery of the biennial Festival of Neuroscience, along with symposia, workshops and other events;
9) Liaising with the production team (including the Publications Representative) with respect to the BNA Bulletin;
10) Overseeing the upkeep and quality of the BNA website;
11) Carrying out any other relevant and reasonable duties when required;

Note: The BNA includes the British Neuroscience Association, a registered charity; British Neuroscience Association Ltd, the charitable company; BNA Events Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BNA.

Person Specification:

It is expected that the successful applicant will have
-    Excellent organisational and administrative skills (essential)
-    Proven project and financial management experience (essential)
-    Experience and demonstrable track record in identifying and securing income/funding (essential)
-    Good communication skills that will help to maintain a good working relationship with key stakeholders (essential)
-    Experience of leading small teams (desirable)
-    Knowledge of the University and Charity sectors (desirable)
-    Knowledge of neuroscience (desirable)

How to apply:

Please send a covering letter and CV by email for the attention of Louise Tratt to by 5th August 2015. 

Contact Details

Louise Tratt (

Posted on 13/07/2015

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