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Science Trustee

Science Trustee

Closing date: 19 March 2021

Remuneration: Expenses reimbursed


Do you want to help prevent Breast Cancer? Are you a scientific or medical professional with strong networks and you want to use your skills to help a fantastic charity build their scientific expertise and authority in the field of primary breast cancer prevention?

We are looking for an individual with a strong scientific or medical background who has considerable research/ epidemiology experience to join our Board of Trustees. As a member of the Board’s science sub-committee, you will support the CEO and the Head of Science in supporting the growth and evolution of our scientific programme and in strengthening our scientific authority.

About us

Breast Cancer UK’s mission is to prevent breast cancer through scientific understanding, education, collaboration, and policy change.

We are the only UK breast cancer charity focused entirely on the primary prevention of breast cancer by campaigning to reduce risk, using traditional and digital channels to extend reach. Today 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives but at least 1 in 4 breast cancers is thought to be preventable.

  • We fund scientific research that will help to understand and address the preventable risk factors for breast cancer.
  • We educate and raise awareness of the preventable risk factors for breast cancer and provide practical information to help people reduce their risk

We campaign for policy changes that promote the prevention of breast cancer and promote breast cancer prevention communication between scientists, consumers and industry

Our research focuses on environmental and chemical causes of breast cancer but our education and advice includes all preventable risk factors.

Breast Cancer UK’s income has grown from £107,000 (31.3.2014) to £397,846 (31.3.2020). With a newly appointed dynamic CEO and a highly engaged Board, we have ambitious plans set out in our strategic plan to expand still further.

The role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board and support the CEO and wider staff team to deliver our vision and strategy.

As well as a scientific research or medical background, you will have outstanding communication skills and be able to support, challenge and scrutinise the charity’s science programme, as well as constructively contribute fully to wider issues considered by the Board.  While you may not have personal or family experience of breast cancer, you will need to have a passion for what we do.

Key requirements

You will:

  • have experience and skills in research, epidemiology, ideally in breast cancer research or research that focuses on the health effects of environmental chemicals, especially endocrine disrupting chemicals;
  • have strong networks and contacts with scientists and academic or research institutions.
  • Be a cancer specialist, cancer researcher or environmental health scientist with a strong epidemiology background.
  • Have effective listening, communicating and influencing skills with an ability to build relationships and work collaboratively and effectively as part of a board of trustees.

Other information

Time Commitment

The Board holds meetings via video conference and face to face in London (when it is safe to resume face to face meetings) on a quarterly basis in the evenings. Ideally, the post holder will willing to attend board meetings in London when face to face meetings are able to resume. The successful candidate will also be expected to attend one annual strategy planning day and some informal meetings with Trustees either in London or by video conference. The successful candidate will also be a member of the Board’s Science Committee which meets once a quarter in the evening by video conference.

Breast Cancer UK is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of background. Breast cancer affects all people and we welcome applications from all genders. Please help us monitor the effectiveness of our equal opportunities policy by completing our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. This will be separated from your application on receipt and any information gathered anonymised and used only for statistical purposes.

Application Process

To apply for this position, please submit:

  • A comprehensive CV, including names and contact details of two referees (who will only be contacted if you reach final interview stage). Please ensure you include your full name and contact details (including e-mail address)
  • A supporting statement setting out why you are applying for this role and how you meet the requirements of this role (no more than 2 sides of A4, 12 point font)
  • Confirmation that you consent to the application process and retention of your personal data in line with our data policy set out in the Person Specification
  • Completed equal opportunities monitoring form

Please submit your applications marked Science Trustee in the subject line to by COP Friday 19 March 2021

Please let us know if you have any disability (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and/or if you require any special provision should you be called for an interview.


Closing dates for applications: 19 March 2021

Interviews – (to be held in the evening by Microsoft Teams): Week of 29 March 2021


If you have any queries about the application process then please send an email stating the nature of your query to


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