New Chief Executive Officer

The BIS has been searching for a replacement for the outgoing Executive Secretary, Gill Norman. The Council of the BIS has been hard at work interviewing candidates and is delighted to report that Elizabeth Anderson has accepted the role. The Council has also agreed that the role should have the more modern title of Chief Executive Officer. Elizabeth will be joining us on 1st June 2020 for a two month handover period, with Gill leaving at the end of July. Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth to the Society!

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth has 15 years’ experience working in non-profit organisations. She began her career supporting the Director-General and Corporate Affairs team at the Confederation of British Industry. Following this, at The Aldridge Foundation – a charity using entrepreneurship to empower young people and their communities, she led the development of Kensington Aldridge Academy, as well as a number of schemes to develop the ambition of pupils living in deprived areas, working alongside leaders and celebrities to reach into communities. Upon joining the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2014, she oversaw a major overhaul of governance – transforming how the College had worked for over 200 years, and supporting the Council’s development of a new four year strategy. For six years she led a team focussed on all aspects of governance, handling ceremonial matters and ensuring compliance in key areas across the College, whilst also leading a number of projects relating to improving member experiences and services.

Elizabeth holds a BSc in International Relations from the University of London, and an MSc in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs from Robert Gordon University. She also holds a Diploma in the Common Law, again from the University of London, as well as an Institute of Leadership and Management Diploma. In 2011, she was named Real Business Magazine’s Woman of the Future for Public Services at a ceremony hosted by HRH The Princess Royal.

Since a child she has been fascinated by the night sky and our ability to journey to the stars, and Elizabeth is excited to be joining the BIS at this crucial time, with so many opportunities to build on the long history of success in the Society. Her focus will be on growing the organisation’s membership and its profile, whilst also further developing the work of her predecessor Gill.

Outside work, Elizabeth enjoys travel and also volunteers for charities that support education and environmental activities.

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