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Vacancy - Non-Executive Director

News, Mar 06 2023

Portland Press Limited – the wholly owned subsidiary of the Biochemical Society – is seeking two Non-Executive Directors to join its Board.

​The current Board is a dynamic forum comprising a mix of Biochemical Society trustees, senior staff members and specialist non-executive directors.

This is a pivotal time when the organization is capitalizing on links between Portland Press and the Society and evaluating next steps in a transition to more open models of scholarship as part of a Group-wide digital transformation.

​Publishing is key to the research dissemination goals of the Group and vital to the financial viability of the Society.

​We are looking for two individuals who are excited about contributing to the Group’s endeavours over the coming three-year period. The successful candidates will have:

  • ​Demonstrable recent experience in evolving scholarly publishing and content services to meet the changing needs of researchers across the globe.
  • Deep knowledge of making business-model changes and sculpting/structuring new commercial offerings.
  • Awareness of research-funder policy shifts, with ideas about how to navigate these changes.

​This role offers a competitive remuneration package and will require quarterly review of reporting, alongside attendance at four meetings per year.

​Closing date for applications: 3 April 2023.

​It is intended that interviews will take place within April/May 2023. Both role commences in earnest from January 2024 onwards, with a preceding period of shadowing (from September 2023).

For more information, please visit our websites Biochemical Society or Portland Press Limited.

If you have any queries about this role please email

​To apply, please send in a CV and Cover letter addressed to Prof. Nigel Hooper via the button. It is important that you DO NOT include your Personal Information i.e. name and contact details in your CV or Cover Letter

This is because the Society is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies to support staff from different backgrounds.

The Society takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.

Please note that due to limited resources it is not possible for the Society to acknowledge receipt of applications. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.