NCAS is looking to appoint to the NCAS Management Board a non-executive director (NED) drawn from the NCAS staff community

In this role, you will provide constructive challenge, thoughtful insight, and independent scrutiny to help the Board achieve its mission to be a world-leading research centre dedicated to the advancement of atmospheric science.

pdf Application pack for the NCAS non-executive director from the staff community (1.73 MB)

The remit of the Management Board is to provide the top level strategy and oversight of the operation of NCAS. Its role is primarily management although it does provide a link to NCAS governance by reporting to NERC’s Centre Assurance Board (CAB).

The Board was formally constituted in late 2018, its formation being part of an organisation-wide restructuring designed to create a more coherent, agile and dynamic organisation fit for the 21st century and the science challenges that lie ahead. In June this year, three non-executive directors were appointed to the Management Board following a highly competitive external recruitment process. These appointments along with this advertised role are highly significant for NCAS and signal a major shift in the level of organisational maturity.

As non-executive director, you will work alongside other non-executive directors and executive directors as an equal member of the NCAS Management Board. You will share responsibility with the other directors for the decisions made by the Board and for the success of NCAS as an organisation. You will be accountable for your actions as a Director and will report to the Chair of the NCAS Management Board. You will bring your own expertise and experience to the Board rather than acting as a staff representative.


Role advertised: 7 August - 16 September 2019

Closing date for applications: 10.00 on Monday 16 September 2019

Shortlisting decision made: No later than Friday 27 September 2019

Interviews take place: Tuesday 8 October 2019, in Central London

Appointments confirmed: By Friday 11 October 2019

First Board commitments: 18 and 19 December 2019


How to apply

Please submit the following:

1. A 2-page covering letter - this provides the opportunity for you to (a) explain why you wish to become a non-executive director on the NCAS Management Board and (b) demonstrate how your skills and experience complement the person specification. We request you clearly address criteria 1-7 of the person specification in your covering letter.

2. Your CV

Please send your completed application to Ali Gane, NCAS Administration Manager:

By email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By post National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Fairbairn House, Clarendon Road, Leeds LS2 9PH
The closing date is 10.00am on Monday 16 September 2019.


Who to contact

If you would like to discuss the opportunity in more detail please contact:

Stephen Mobbs, NCAS Executive Director by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44 (0)113 34 35158 / +44 (0)7889 646739, or

Lesley Gray, NCAS Director of Science and Staff by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance

If you have any logistical questions about the recruitment and selection process please contact Ali Gane by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone +44 (0)113 34 34306

Please note, due to annual leave, Lesley and Ali will not be available until w/b 19 August.