Nominations for President Elect Extended

2nd June 2020

Nominations for President Elect extended until 30 June

Nominations for the role of President Elect with the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) have been extended until Tuesday 30 June.

BSSS is seeking a President Elect to join the Board. The President Elect will join the Board of Trustees for a six-year term: two years as President Elect (2021 – 2022), two years as President (2023 – 2024) and two years as Past President (2025 – 2026).  

The BSSS is the UK’s leading body in the area of soil science with a global reach. We strive to secure the future of soils by promoting an enhanced understanding of the critical importance of soils in delivering the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and supplying knowledge, through our science to support efforts to halt and repair soil degradation. We aim to make a positive difference in the sustainable management and long-term security of soils that is critical to solving the environmental and societal challenges we face today. 

The Society is a registered charity and the role of a Trustee includes; 

Ensuring the Society uses its resources to pursue its seven priorities: 

  1. Seeking to publicise the key issues for the soil science community 

  1. Promoting change through knowledge exchange across all aspects of soil science 

  1. Hosting conferences and meetings focused on soils 

  1. Supporting and encouraging the education of soil science 

  1. Inspiring the future generations of soil scientists 

  1. Ensuring high standards of professional practice for those working with soils 

  1. Leading on the social and environmental responsibilities of a contemporary society. 

Ensuring the Society complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.  

Give firm strategic direction to the Society, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.  

Safeguard the good name and values of the Society, and ensure effective and efficient administration and governance. 

Ensuring the financial stability of the Institute, protecting and managing property and assets, and ensuring proper investment of the charity's funds.  

As a member of the Board and Council, of which there are four meetings each per year, provide advice and guidance to members. 

It is expected that successful delivery in the post would require approximately 20 days per annum. 

The role is unremunerated, although reasonable expenses will be paid. 

President Elect 

During their time as President Elect, the post-holder will be expected to play an active role within the society and shadow the current President where required.  

On becoming President (1 January 2023), the post-holder will be expected to: 

  • Lead the trustees and members of the Executive in the development of strategic plans for the charity 

  • Provide leadership and support to the Executive Officer and ensure that the charity is run un accordance with the decisions of the trustees, the charity’s governing document and appropriate legislation 

  • Ensuring the business of the society is discussed efficiently and effectively at Council, Board and Annual General Meetings 

  • Representing the society at functions, meetings and in the media in line with the agreed strategy 

  • Maintain the trustees’ commitment to board renewal and succession planning, in line with best practice. 

Person Specification 

  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship 

  • Commitment to the organisation and its objectives 

  • Willingness to devote the required time and effort to fulfil their duties as a trustee 

  • Strategic vision 

  • Good independent judgement and the ability to think creatively 

  • Prepared to express their opinion, whilst working as part of a team. 

Further Information 

For an informal discussion about the role and its responsibilities please contact Sarah Garry, Executive Officer via sarahgarry@soils.org.uk or Sacha Mooney, President via president@soils.org.uk.  Applications containing a CV and cover letter setting out your suitability for the role, should be submitted to sarahgarry@soils.org.uk and president@soils.org.uk by Tuesday 30 June.