Chair - Policy Committee

Role description

The purpose of the Chair is to lead the work of the Policy Committee and provide the principal liaison with the Executive and Council. The Chair is responsible for developing the strategy and direction of the Committee in line with policies agreed by the Council and The Society’s charitable objectives.

The Committee usually meets twice yearly, to review activities and set the following year’s budget. The position runs for a period of four years and the Chair has to be a member of Council and a Trustee. Individuals not already a Trustee who are recommended by the Nominations Committee can be co-opted on an annual basis no more than two times: if the Chair is not elected to Council during this period the term of office shall cease at the subsequent AGM.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in setting the policy agenda of the Committee
  • Ensure the Society has an policy strategy that is regularly reviewed
  • Work with committee members to develop and enhance the policy activities of the Society and therefore promote Physiology to a wider audience
  • Report and update the Council on activities and progress against agreed objectives
  • Provide leadership externally for The Society on policy matters and with key partners both in the UK and internationally
  • Work closely with relevant Society staff and sign-off the agenda for and chair Policy Committee Meetings
  • Sign off policy consultation responses for submission to external organisations, including, but not limited to, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, the Society of Biology and HEFCE
  • Working with the Policy Manager and Press Office to produce reactive media statements, related to policy issues 
  • Work with the Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee
  • Review minutes prepared by staff prior to circulation (usually within two weeks)
  • Regularly review the Terms of Reference of the Committee, reporting any proposed changes to Council.


  • A sound understanding of policy issues and how these relate to physiology as both a research discipline and a taught subject
  • In-depth knowledgeable of a range of policy areas, both specific to physiology and in the wider scientific community
  • Strong communication skills
  • An ability to respond to tight deadlines
  • Strong organisational skills and proficiency at chairing meetings