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Deputy Chair


In addition to the duties of a ‘general Council Member’ the Deputy Chair has additional responsibilities. The Deputy Chair has responsibility for providing hands on practical support to the Chair in his/her role. This includes holding the Board and Executive Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision. The Deputy Chair provides, along with the President and Chair, leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity

The Deputy chair overall role includes:

• Deputising for Chair is he/she is indisposed
• Serving as a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
• Chairing the Membership Committee
• Acting as an Institute honorary Officer together with the President, Chair and Hon. Treasurer
• Input where necessary into setting meeting agendas, in conjunction with the Chair
• Advising and supporting the NSMI COO on Institute matters
• Liaison with the medical research communities to ensure NSMI’s trustees are aware of key developments and sector needs.

Specific duties include:

• Chairing Council Meetings of the NSMI when the Chair is unavailable and helping lead Council and the Organisation to enable it to fulfil its purpose
– Striking a balance between timekeeping and space for discussions;
– Business is dealt with and decisions are made;
– Decisions, actions, and deliberations are adequately and appropriately minuted;
– The implementation of decisions is clearly assigned and monitored.
• Performing any other of the Chair’s duties in the event of the Chair’s absence or indisposition,
• Acting as a main liaison point for membership issues
• Keeping council appraised of key issues emerging from the research communities



• Willing take on this role, with view to becoming future Chair;
• A willingness to lead the organisation;
• Possession of tact diplomacy and powers of persuasion;
• Possess relevant knowledge;
• Relevant skills to run meetings well;