Marine Biological Association (MBA), Plymouth, UK


The Marine Biological Association is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic senior professionals from a wide range of research, governance, business development, engagement, or operational focussed roles with an interest in shaping the future of our ocean to join our Board of Trustees.

About Us: 

The MBA is a Learned Society of scientists and members in over forty countries, across five continents. Its in-depth scientific research into the interconnected marine environment is carried out from its prestigious laboratory HQ in Plymouth, UK (Britain’s Ocean City). It has a Royal Patron and a Royal Charter that recognises its world-leading status in marine biology. Celebrating our 140th year since our establishment, the MBA is one of the world’s oldest research laboratories working as a voice for the ocean in the interests of the global marine biological community. It’s eminent history and advanced knowledge has contributed to the work of 13 Nobel Laureates and over 170 Fellows of The Royal Society. We aspire to be a career destination for the next generation of marine biologists.

We are seeking up to 3 new Trustees to join the MBA Council (Board of Trustees), starting in December 2024.

Role and Responsibilities:

As a Trustee, you will: 

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for the charity
  • Ensure the charity is well-managed and financially sustainable
  • Support stakeholder engagement efforts
  • Advocate for marine biology and our charity’s objects as outlined in our Royal Charter
  • Attend quarterly Trustee meetings (1 in Plymouth, 1 in London and 2 virtual) and participate in working Committees as required 

What We’re Looking For: 

  • A passion for marine biology and ocean sustainability with a commitment to our mission and values
  • Senior experience in (one or more of the following) marine biology research leadership, scientific journal publishing and/or management; stakeholder engagement, communications, learned society leadership, policy, charity governance, senior finance & operational roles, legal compliance, business development, marketing, risk management, building philanthropy & fundraising networks, IT infrastructure & cybersecurity, or related fields.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Ability to dedicate time and expertise to the role
  • International engagement expertise
  • Strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


  • Make a tangible impact on marine biology and ocean sustainability
  • Collaborate with a team of like-minded individuals
  • Gain valuable experience in charity governance
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth

Trustees are not remunerated (consistent with The Charity Commission regulations), however all reasonable expenses incurred whilst undertaking business for the MBA will be reimbursed. The term of a Trustee is limited to three years with the possibility of serving a further two terms not exceeding a total of nine years. Trustees will serve on one of three working Committees: Research; Finance, Audit and Risk; or Membership and Engagement. We plan to appoint one Trustee to each of these three areas, depending on expertise.

How to Apply: 

Informal enquiries can be made to the MBA Chief Executive, Professor Willie Wilson (

Further details about the Trustee positions and on how to apply are available from our website via the button below.

In brief, applications should comprise a 2-side CV plus a short cover letter outlining your previous and most relevant experience related to at least one of our three committees, as well as your motivation to be considered as a Trustee of the MBA. Applications should be submitted via email (reference 0724TWW) by the closing time/date of 2300h on 28 August 2024.

Equal Opportunities: 

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


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