New Chair of the Science Council Appointed

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Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE, FAcSS, Winner of The Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the Year Award (2016), has been appointed Chair of the Science Council, the membership body for professional bodies supporting scientists and science technicians.

Welcoming David to the Board, Chief Executive, Belinda Phipps said: “The Science Council is entering an exciting new phase in its development with the goal of registering all scientists and science technicians. For us to reach that goal we need to build a first class team with the experience and drive to get us there.

“In addition to his legendary enthusiasm and energy, David brings with him an international reputation for growing organisations in the public sector and his recognition by successive governments of his contribution to the nation’s economic and social wellbeing through his extensive list of ministerial appointments and major leadership roles.  So, we are absolutely delighted that David has come on board to work with the Science Council at this exciting new stage in its development”.

David said of his appointment: “First of all I would like to thank the Science Council Board Members for this invitation. I am looking forward to helping the Science Council grow, and to welcome scientists and technicians old and new into registration. The future success of the UK as a nation is highly dependent on our expertise in all the disciplines of science: never has this mattered as much as it does now as we face the opportunities, and the challenges, of forging our nation’s post-Brexit future.

“In my view, professional registration of scientists and science technicians underpins public trust in the men and women who make things happen but are rarely seen doing so: Science Council registration and Chartership indicate a scientist or science technician who is seriously committed to their own continuing professional development and conduct. These are the scientists that employers will increasingly look to have as part of their teams.”

The appointment of Professor David Croisdale-Appleby completes the appointments to the newly separated roles for President and Chair.  He is joining Sir Keith Burnett who became President last September.  A number of new trustees will be invited to join the Council in July with the aim of placing the organisation in the position to move rapidly towards its goal of registering all scientists and science technicians.

Source: Science Council’s press release

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