PRINCIPAL CHARACTERISTIC SOUGHT IN A TRUSTEE
A passion about the need for the wider public to engage with advances in science and technology, and their impacts on society.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE IN A TRUSTEE One or more of the following: • Working in education, public or community engagement • Organising large-scale public events • Working in high-tech industry or research, with a strong network among senior professionals in the local/national academic or commercial communities • Working in a financial or human resources capacity • Working in the creative industries or cultural sector • Working in communications or marketing • Trusteeships of other charities • Chairing committees of diverse individuals (for the Chair’s role) • Strong credibility as a leader (for the Chair’s role)
Trustees meet four times a year for three hours, currently on Friday afternoons in April, July, October and January/February. There may also be opportunities to join OSF’s sub-committees and working groups, which meet on an ad hoc basis. A prospective Chair will need to be in regular contact with OSF’s Director and Events Manager, so should assume, in addition to Board meetings, a time commitment of at least four hours per month.
About Oxfordshire Science Festival
Oxfordshire Science Festival (OSF) organises an annual science festival in Oxford and the surrounding area. There has been a science festival in Oxford since 1992 with 500,000 members of the public visiting over the past 25 years. The current governance structure has been in place since 2015. The next Festival takes place from Friday 16 to Wednesday 21 June 2017, staging around 30 events at a dozen venues, including a family Explorazone featuring 30 different hands-on exhibits in Oxford Town Hall. An attendance of 10,000 for this is anticipated in 2017, and the festival has ambitions to grow significantly in scale in the next 5 years.
OSF aims to engage and enthuse the wider public about science through a platform of interactive, multi-faceted and creative live events aimed at the broadest possible range of individuals, including young people, adults and families. It has a vision of a world where the complexity, wonder and opportunities of scientific research and innovation are explored, challenged, celebrated and enjoyed across society.
OSF is a registered charity (no.1151361) and a [company limited by guarantee] (no.07189165).
In the year to 30 September 2016, expenditure approximated £63,560 (excepting salaries). OSF has several financial supporters, notably Science Oxford, the University of Oxford as Principal Sponsor, six Major Partners and 30 contributors who pay to have access to the Festival platform.
OSF has two full time employees: Dr Dane Comerford, Director, and Cathy Rose, Events Manager.
There are currently 7 Trustees, including representatives of the University of Oxford and The Oxford Trust. [The former Chair, James McDermott, has retired from the board and board member Dr Ian Thompson will act as interim Chair until a permanent replacement has been appointed.]