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UK Research & Innovation Non-Executive Directors
Application deadline 11 June 2023
- UK Research and Innovation
- Sponsor department
- Department for Science, Innovation & Technology
- Professional, Scientific and Technical
- Number of vacancies
- Time commitment
- 20 day(s) per annum
- £9180 per annum
- Length of term
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 11:59pm on 11 June 2023
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Timeline for this appointment
27 April 2023
11:59pm on 11 June 2023
6 July 2023
Interviews expected to end on
24 August 2023
About the role
Thank you for your interest in the role of Non-Executive Director / Board Member of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).
The Government is strongly committed to ensuring the continued success of the UK’s excellent research base and of our leading universities, research institutes and innovative businesses. This is no better demonstrated than with the recent creation of a new department of state specifically to champion these areas - the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).
DSIT exists to ensure the UK builds its status as a science superpower and UKRI is our key partner organisation helping us to deliver this mission. UKRI was established as a new organisation in April 2018 and brought together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and direct research funding for universities under one body with one Board.
UKRI is the UK’s largest public funding body for science, research and innovation with a budget of £25.1 billion over the current spending review period to 2024-2025. This funding is partly allocated to its Councils to disburse across their disciplinary sectors and partly to cross-cutting programmes working across disciplinary boundaries. UKRI and its Councils also oversee a large estate of national science institutes and infrastructure from labs, research ships and planes to data centres, synchrotrons and Antarctic bases.
All of this activity is steered and overseen by the UKRI Board, which is responsible for guiding and challenging the UKRI executive across its wide and diverse delivery portfolio. As a UKRI Board Member, you will bring your unique skills and experience to help ensure the effective governance, accountability and efficiency of UKRI’s operations and the successful pursuit of its objectives.
DSIT is committed to fair and open recruitment processes across all the public appointments that we make. We actively encourage and hope to see applications from across the UK, and from a wide range of diverse backgrounds. Should you need any further assistance, my officials would be happy to talk to you about this and other senior roles in the public sector.
I trust you will find the information enclosed in this job pack of interest and we look forward to receiving your application.
We are at one of the most important, exciting and challenging times in the history of global enterprise. Powered by new technologies, the way we live and work is being transformed across the world at an unparalleled pace. The United Kingdom is uniquely well-placed to benefit from and take its part in leading this new industrial revolution. We are an open and enterprising economy, built on invention, innovation and competition. Our universities and research institutions are amongst the best in the world.
UKRI has a vital and strategically important role in this, through the aligned deployment of a unique set of levers covering all disciplines and all sectors. Through leading the overall strategic direction of research and innovation funding and incentives in the UK, the organisation is pushing the frontiers of human knowledge and delivering benefits for UK society, the economy and beyond, through world-class research and innovation.
UKRI was established in 2018 through a joining of seven research councils, Research England, and Innovate UK. With a combined budget of £25.1billion for the next three years to fund ground-breaking research, innovation and new enterprise growth, our combined strength and cross cutting capabilities mean we play a critical part in delivering key Government strategies including the Innovation Strategy. This will require us to become much more proactive, flexible and agile as an organisation, with the risk appetite needed to seize new opportunities.
The organisation’s mission is supported by an exceptional Board of experts and thinkers within their respective fields, including leaders from industry, academia, and government. We are now seeking to appoint up to five Non-Executive Directors to bring complementary expertise and insights to our Board. We are looking for exceptional candidates who can bring intellect, challenge, creative insight and fresh thinking, from across the various sectors mentioned within the essential criteria.
As a major funding organisation that plays a critical role in stimulating enterprise growth and new ventures across the UK, we are particularly interested in leaders with diverse and highly successful backgrounds from all parts of the UK. We are also keen to welcome leaders with international perspectives onto the Board. The diverse composition of our board is of critical importance to UKRI and its objectives.
Regulation of appointment
- A strategic and dispassionate mindset with excellent listening, influencing and communication skills, intellectual capacity, and inquisitiveness.
- A keen interest in the public services with proven experience in developing, communicating and delivering a clear and strategic vision.
- Internationally recognised research record within the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences or Medical Sciences disciplines.
- Global research, innovation or commercial sectors.
- Experience of delivering significant cultural change and organisational development within large organisations or academia.
- Significant financial management experience and a strong understanding of commercial and business issues.
- Experience in public health/aging/wellbeing or infectious diseases.
- Significant senior leadership within the higher education sector.
- Experience in strategic communications.
Application and selection process
Public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition process which is conducted in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. We will deal with your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages. We aim to conclude the appointment process within three months of the deadline for applications – this is in accordance with the Governance Code.
The assessment process
Ministers are responsible and accountable to Parliament for the public appointments made within their department. As a result, they must be consulted at every stage of the appointments process.
An Advisory Assessment Panel (“Panel”) is appointed by Ministers to assist them in their decision making. The role of the Panel is to decide, objectively, which candidates meet the eligibility criteria for the role.
At the shortlisting meeting the Panel will assess applications against the eligibility criteria and decide which candidates have best met the criteria, who should be recommended for interview. Ministers will then be consulted on the Panel’s recommended shortlist. If you have applied under the Disability Confident Scheme and you meet all the essential criteria, then you will also be invited for an interview.
Once the shortlist has been agreed by Ministers, you will be advised (by e-mail) whether you have been shortlisted. Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview.
The Panel will meet again to interview candidates and determine who is appointable to the role. The Panel may invite you to make a brief presentation at the start of the interview and will go on to question you about your skills and experience, including asking specific questions to assess whether you meet the criteria set out for the post. The Panel will also explore with you any potential conflicts of interest or any other issues arising from your personal and professional history which may impact on an appointment decision.
Details of the panel’s assessment of interviewed candidates are provided to Ministers, including whether they have judged a candidate to be appointable to the role. It is then for Ministers to determine merit and decide who should be appointed. In some circumstances, Ministers may choose not to appoint any candidates and re-run the competition.
Ministers may choose to meet with candidates before deciding the outcome. Candidates should therefore be prepared for a short time gap between interview and a final appointment decision being made. Candidates who have been interviewed will be kept informed of progress.
Once the decision on the appointment has been made, interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application, including whom they may approach for feedback. Successful candidates will be issued with their Terms & Conditions and a letter of appointment should they agree to take up the position.
In general, you should have the right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply for a public appointment.
There are a small number of specialist roles that are not open to non-British citizens. Any nationality requirements will be specified in the vacancy details.
The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards.
You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:
you are disqualified from acting as a company director (under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986);
have an unspent conviction on your criminal record;
your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors.
When you apply, you should declare if:
you are, or have been, bankrupt or you have made an arrangement with a creditor at any point, including the dates of this.
you are subject to a current police investigation.
You must inform the sponsor department if, during the application process, your circumstances change in respect of any of the above points.When you apply you should also declare any relevant interests, highlighting any that you think may call into question your ability to properly discharge the responsibilities of the role you are applying for. You should also declare any other matters which may mean you may not be able to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct of Board Members (see Outside interests and reputational issues section below)
Additional information for candidates
- ensuring that application forms are available in different or accessible formats;
- making adaptations to interview locations;
- allowing candidates to present their skills and experience in a different way;
- giving additional detailed information on the selection / interview process in advance to allow candidates time to prepare themselves;
- allowing support workers, for example sign language interpreters;
- making provision for support animals to attend.
Holders of public office are expected to adhere to and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life. These are:
- Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
- Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
- Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
- Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
- Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
- Honesty - Holders of public office should be truthful.
- Leadership - Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.
- any outside interests that you may have, such as shares you may hold in a company providing services to government;
- any possible reputational issues arising from your past actions or public statements that you have made;
- and/or - any political roles you hold or political campaigns you have supported;