Governance and Policy

Board of Trustees

Our voluntary Board of Trustees meets at least twice a year in addition to our AGM. Members report on finance, strategy, communications, fundraising, scientific meetings and membership. New Trustees are nominated by members and elected by ballot at the charity’s AGM. Trustees are appointed for a minimum of three years.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board meets to discuss funding applications and to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee serve for a maximum of 3 years and consist of world leading research scientists and lay members who also serve on the BSRA Development Committee. 

Development Board

The Development Committee is chaired by Ian Taylor, former MP and Science Minister, and consists of noted academics and philanthropists and is charged with developing the fundraising profile and activities of BSRA.

The BSRA is committed to the 3Rs (refinement, reduction and replacement) of animals in research. We support the principle of using animals in research when it is necessary to advance understanding of ageing where there is no alternative that can be used to find out the same information without using animals. The following link is to the Association of Medical Charities statement on the use of animals in research which BSRA supports –

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