We are seeking a new CEO

The British Interplanetary Society, the oldest space advocacy Society in the world, is recruiting for a new Chief Executive.  Current CEO, Elizabeth Anderson, is leaving to pursue new opportunities, and so the Society is running a recruitment process to replace her.

Having joined in 2020, Elizabeth has worked with Council to deliver an ambitious programme.  This has included putting in place the Society’s first formal five-year strategy, overseeing and delivering a new website and ecommerce offer with more sophisticated social media, developing the policy and public affairs work of the Society and working with UK and international partners, supporting the NextGen Network for 18-35 year olds working in or studying space related fields, and finding new income streams and funding sources.  She oversaw the return of our flagship conference Reinventing Space after the Covid break, recreating this as a hybrid event in June 2021.

The Council of the Society will be looking for someone who can continue this work, managing a small secretariat team and running the London based HQ building, with a hands-on approach to the day-to-day administration and work of the Society and its secretariat.


Are you a senior leader with experience working within a membership body?

The British Interplanetary Society is the world’s oldest space advocacy organisation.  Formed in 1933, we are a membership society that promotes the exploration and use of space for the benefit of humanity, by connecting people to create, educate and inspire, and advance knowledge in all aspects of astronautics.

We are seeking a new Chief Executive who is able to continue to develop the Society.  This varied role will give you the opportunity to work with our Council to run the organisation at every level.  You must be as confident and happy handling strategic work and budget development, through to handling HR and administrative tasks.  This is a perfect role for a hands-on leader who can be across every element of running a small but prestigious charitable body.  You will have the support of a team of four staff, as well as loyal volunteers who have supported the Society for decades.

It is important that you have experience of working with members, handling governance, finance, IT, digital, building and facilities management, creating strategic partnerships, managing staff and HR, running events (preferably in a hybrid setting), and fundraising.  It is important that you can develop new ideas to tackle organisational needs, such as new ways to increase income, and attracting new members.  You will also have the opportunity to travel twice a year, to attend the International Astronautical Congress, and the International Astronautical Federation Spring Forum.  The former takes place in a different host nation each year.  The latter takes place in Paris each spring.

You can download the role description here.

To apply, send a CV and covering letter of no more than 2 pages to Elizabeth Anderson, Chief Executive, British Interplanetary Society at elizabeth.anderson@bis-space.com no later than 15th October 2021.  Please note interviews will take place via video conference on 1st November 2021.  The anticipated start date for this role is around 1st December 2021.

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