Policy Manager – FORUM

Salary: £37,804- £42,368
Fixed Term Contract: 12 months
Work Location: During the pandemic we have been working remotely. There is now increasing access to office desk space but there is no expectation of staff returning to the office full time (41 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH)


About us

The Academy’s core mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society. We are working to secure a future in which:

  • UK and global health is improved by the best research
  • The UK leads the world in biomedical and health research, and is renowned for the quality of its research outputs, talent and collaborations.
  • Independent, high quality medical science advice informs the decisions that affect society.
  • More people have a say in the future of health and research.

The Academy’s 1400 Fellows have been elected on the basis of outstanding contributions to a range of scientific fields, and are drawn from universities, hospitals, general practice, industry and the public service. Our Fellows are central to all we do. It is their talent and expertise that ensures we can bring authoritative opinion and practical guidance to complex issues in medical science and healthcare.

Established in 1998 as an expert body to deal with issues at the interface of medical science and healthcare, the Academy is part of the national academies group, alongside the Royal Society, British Academy, and the Royal Academy of Engineering. We are governed by a Council of 21 Fellows, including 6 Honorary Officers who provide strategic advice and oversight. Professor Dame Anne Johnson PMedSci is the current President.

We currently have a staff of 55, expanding to approximately 65 over the coming year.

The Academy is:

  • An elected Fellowship of the UK’s best biomedical and health researchers
  • An independent source of evidence-based and expert advice
  • Connected to, and respected by, decision makers
  • Focused on realising cross-disciplinary opportunities across academia, industry and healthcare.
  • Committed to improving and celebrating diversity – in all its forms – in the biomedical and health research community
  • Global in outlook, reach and influence
  • Catalytic, inclusive and accessible in our approach
  • Responsive to change and innovative in our solutions
  • Adept at maximising our impact through partnership working


We seek to advance UK and global biomedical and health research through five strategic challenges (as set out in our 2017-22 strategy):

  1. To harness our expertise and convening power to tackle the biggest scientific and health challenges and opportunities facing our society.
  2. To lead innovation in the development of research talent through funding and careers support.
  3. To achieve influence and impact beyond the UK to improve health and well-being.
  4. To become the exemplar of a ‘modern scientific academy’ – diverse, trusted, dynamic, relevant and accessible.
  5. To enhance the Academy’s delivery capability, making sure we have the Fellows, staff, partners, resources and influence to make an even greater contribution to the UK and beyond.

This year we have been developing a 10 year strategy to be launched in December 2021. Through this strategy we will be setting ambitious goals for what the Academy is and does, who we represent, how we define excellence, and how we put equality of outcome, not just opportunity into all our work.

Our staff values

We identify the following values as most important to the Academy staff:

  • Collaboration
  • Striving for excellence
  • Integrity
  • Evidence based
  • Inclusive

We also highlight the following behaviours as vital to the way we work – agility, kindness and resilience.

The role

We aim to support people from all backgrounds to enter and thrive in medical and health research careers. We want to ensure diversity of thought and experience in all we do and for our staff to be able to bring their authentic self to work every day.

The FORUM Manager plays a key role at the Academy, contributing to the delivery of our strategic objective to ‘influence research and policy’. You will be primarily responsible for managing the Academy’s FORUM, but will also engage in our wider portfolio of policy work. A key aspect of the post will be the development of strong and successful relationships with current and potential FORUM members, Fellows and key contacts across all sectors of the medical science policy landscape. You will draw on internal and external contacts to develop and deliver an impactful FORUM programme of activities, including our FORUM Annual Lecture and meetings on chronic pain research, diagnostics and women’s health. You will be supported by a Policy Officer who works almost entirely on the FORUM programme.


Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Working with the Head of Policy, managing the FORUM to deliver of a compelling annual programme of events and an Annual Lecture, and grow the number and breadth of members in this network.
  • With the Policy Officer, planning, organising and facilitating a range of activities linked to the FORUM programme, including lectures, seminars, workshops and other stakeholder meetings. This will involve identifying and researching potential topics of interest, planning and delivering a range of virtual and/or hybrid events, and drafting and disseminating meeting reports. It will require maintaining an understanding of current policy issues and close working with Fellows, FORUM members and other experts to identify key policy issues, engage potential stakeholders and partners, develop agendas and agree written outputs.
  • Line managing and developing the skills of a Policy Officer who will be working primarily on projects being led by the Manager. Occasionally supervising interns (PhD students on a 3 month paid policy internship).
  • Developing or informing consultation responses or statements on topics relevant to the academia-industry-NHS interface.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders from industry, academia, government and the charity, healthcare and regulatory sectors, particularly current and potential future FORUM members; seeking and securing financial and other resource for policy activities, as appropriate.
  • Working with colleagues in the fundraising team and senior staff across the Academy to grow the FORUM by attracting new members.
  • Maintaining and developing an effective network of contacts across the sector, including Fellows and FORUM members, to inform the Academy’s wider work programme and increase the impact of our work.
  • Ensuring that the Academy’s President, Honorary Officers and Fellows meet regularly with key decision makers. Supporting these meetings through briefings and meeting notes and drafting papers for meetings of the Council and Honorary Officers of the Academy and representing the Academy at external meetings.
  • Managing the FORUM budget.
  • Working with the policy team to maintain the relevant areas of the website; liaising with the communications team to ensure internal and external engagement with the Academy’s policy work including through the use of new media.

About you

You’ll have experience of working in a policy role, ideally within biomedical sciences (e.g. in academia, industry, NHS, medical research charities or regulators); and the ability to drive and deliver a programme of events (predominately in a hybrid format) that supports the Academy. You will have knowledge of the UK policy making process and understanding of the medical research environment, as well as experience of working with partner organisations.

You’ll have a real opportunity to make a difference, working with an extensive range of external and internal stakeholders to deliver and develop a programme of events and engagement that influences and informs the decision makers. We are looking for somebody who can maximise the impact of events, has experience securing financial and other resources to support policy activities, and is excited about working with leading experts across various sectors.

Skills and abilities

  • Experience in a relevant policy environment or any other associated fields.
  • Excellent communication skills – collaborator, connector, influencer.
  • Organising and managing events particularly in partnership with other organisations
  • Overseeing the development and delivery of concurrent programmes or activities
  • Building and maintaining effective networks.
  • Securing financial and other resources to support policy activities
  • Experience of managing a budget.


  • Annual leave – 29 days per annum; including Christmas closure dates, plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Pension – The Academy contributes 7.5% of gross salary to a Legal & General scheme, with an employee contribution of 3%.
  • Wellbeing & Mental Health -Subscription to Headspace and Class pass. Regular organisation wide wellbeing days. Employee assistance programme including access to online counselling and CBT
  • Season ticket travel loan interest free – Available to all staff after completion of probationary period
  • Family friendly benefits – A range of enhanced benefits
  • Life Assurance – 3 x annual gross salary


Please apply via the button below. To discuss further, you can call the Inclusive Recruiting recruitment team on 0203 397 8333.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th September at 3pm.

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