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Research Committee Member

Research Committee Member

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy are looking for a Research Committee Member.

Purpose: The Research Committee advises on research across the Association, to create a research-led ethos within the membership.

Responsible to: The Chair of RC and to the Board of Governors.

Committee overview

The Research Committee ("Committee") holds delegated responsibility for developing, informing and monitoring the research strategy of BACP; overseeing BACP's research procedures, policies and plans - and their quality assurance; approving and reviewing research projects (subject to budget provision) and the provision of advice and practical solutions on research projects. There will be a maximum of seven committee members - either a BACP member or a lay member - and recruited by the Committee Chair. The committee members will be expected to comply with the prevailing Terms of Reference and will have a single equal vote.

Term of office

Appointments are for a period of up to three years, which may be extended for a further three years.

Time commitment

The Committee shall meet up to four times per year, always prior to a Board meeting; and otherwise as requested. In addition, the committee member is expected to commit such additional time to satisfactorily perform the duties required to sit on a governance committee.

Carrying out the role

The committee member is expected to:

  • Attend Committee meetings fully prepared to participate; to ensure key decisions are reached, having read up on information sent out.
  • Participate in the Committee's performance review, and to work with BACP staff to develop the skills set of the Committee.
  • Attend BACP events to promote and support the work of the Committee, including the Annual General Meeting: to answer any questions members may have on the Committee's activities.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive/confidential information received whilst a committee member.
  • Always act in the best interests of BACP to support its charitable aims and achieve its strategic objectives.
  • Observe the code of conduct, policies and procedures as they relate to volunteers.
  • Uphold the seven principles which constitute the Charity Governance Code:
  1. Organisational purpose
  2. Leadership
  3. Integrity
  4. Decision making, risk and control
  5. Board effectiveness
  6. Diversity
  7. Openness and accountability

Person specification

The RC committee member will:

  • Be a current member* of BACP; or a lay member; with experience in research governance.
  • Passionate about the value of research and the benefits of a research ethos (particularly in a membership organisation setting).
  • Ability to demonstrate good strategic research leadership.
  • An interest in and/or experience of research relevant to BACP's strategic aims i.e. older people, children young people and families and the four nations.
  • Have a willingness to devote time and effort.
  • Have good, independent judgement.
  • Have an ability to think creatively.
  • Understand the responsibilities of their position.

Knowledge and experience of the third sector advantageous but not essential.

*members currently the subject of investigation or sanction through the professional conduct process are ineligible and cannot apply.


There is no remuneration attached to this role, however, reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the role of committee member will be reimbursed in line with BACP's Volunteers Expenses Policy. Any other remuneration is subject to Charity Commission guidelines and the approval of the Board of Governors.

To apply

Please forward your CV and detailed letter of application to Pam Ludlow, Governance Manager via email: or by post to BACP, BACP House, 15 St. John's Business Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 4HB. Interviews will be held 20 March 2019.

For more information relating to the role please contact email, telephone 01455 883311 or visit our volunteers page at