The Council has a broad membership which is revisited from time to time to ensure that it includes the appropriate experience and expertise. We are now seeking applications for new Council members and we would particularly welcome applicants with experience in the following areas:

  • GP or other healthcare practitioner

  • Basic / clinical science

  • Social science

  • Industry Patient and public interfaces

  • Communications

Applications are invited in the form of a brief statement of interest accompanied by a short curriculum vitae. These should be sent to the Director at the email or postal address below. We would welcome applications from a broad range of individuals and from people at all stages of their careers.

For more information about the Council and its processes, please see the How the Council works section of this website.

Closing date for submissions: Friday 21 December 2012

If you would like first to talk informally about the Council and how it works, please feel free to contact:

Carol Perkins

020 7681 9619


Nuffield Council on Bioethics

28 Bedford Square

London WC1B 3JS

Role of Council members, time commitment and expenses

The Council is a deliberative body that drives the intellectual function of the organisation. Council members decide on the future work programme and select new topics, scrutinise and ensure the quality of the Council’s work, and make decisions on the direction, function and membership of the organisation.

Our members usually attend about 6 meetings a year. In addition to quarterly meetings and an annual ‘Forward Look’ seminar, members will be invited to attend a number of further events such as workshops to explore possible future topics and meetings with the French and German national bioethics organisations. There may also be the possibility of being appointed to a working party, in which case the number of meetings would increase. The quarterly meetings do involve some preparation as there are a number of papers to read, including draft Council reports.

Council members do not receive remuneration, but reasonable travel expenses are paid.