We’re seeking four new members to join the Council.

Our work is led by up to 20 Council members, who support and guide the staff team. As well as academic experts on issues in food and agriculture, members include people with experience of producing food, applying ethical concepts to practical issues, working in communities and shaping public policy. We want our Council to genuinely reflect society and contribute their different lived and learned experiences to our work. For a list of current Council members, see here.

We’re a registered charity (number 1101885) and company limited by guarantee (company number 03901671) governed by a Board of Trustees who are elected by the members of the Council. We’re not affiliated to any political party or religious organisation.

About the role

We’re seeking four new members to join the Council. For the full recruitment prospectus, see Food Ethics Council prospectus_new Council member recruitment – autumn 2022.

You’ll have the chance to learn from and exchange insights with our Council members and stay on top of the latest trends, challenges and emerging solutions that are shaping the food system. By taking part in our events, you’ll have the chance to build your network with thought leaders who are shaping the future of food for the better. You will also help steer the direction of our work by sharing your ideas, insights and lived experiences.

This is a voluntary, unpaid position and we estimate that our Council members spend between 1-10 hours per month. This varies depending on how much time they are able to devote.

Council members are appointed as individuals, rather than representing organisations – initially for a term of three years. The group of Council members also provides a pool of people from which the Board is made up, so we welcome applicants who may, in the future, be willing to get involved more closely in the governance of the organisation, as a Trustee.

What’s involved:

  • Take part in Council meetings, which happen at least twice a year (we also have one-hour online check-ins each month, which are more informal and optional to join)
  • At the Annual General Meeting, elect a Board of Trustees to govern the organisation
  • Declare any interests that might be or be seen to be in conflict with the organisation’s work
  • Take other decisions that are reserved for the Members of the Council

We also hope that members can:

  • Contribute to organisational projects, providing expertise on particular food and farming issues, ethical approaches, policy concerns and/ or business practice
  • Challenge and offer advice to strengthen our strategy and plans, including sharing knowledge of emerging issues in food and farming to inform our future work
  • Speak at or chair events organised by the Food Ethics Council like our Business Forums or our Food Policy on Trial events
  • Be involved in designing and delivering activities and event in partnership with other key food system organisations e.g. Food Talks
  • Represent the organisation in the media and at external meetings (optional), plus share our key messages, event invitations, project news and policy responses where you see fit
  • Offer contacts and routes to collaborate, including assisting in fundraising if appropriate


We’re looking for:

  • Relevant food sector experience which may include farming and fishing, food processing and commerce, food science, health and nutrition (human or animal), ethics, food research and public policy. You may also be involved in community-based organisations or have a personal background that means you care about food.
  • A broad interest in the food system and its impact on people, animals and the planet
  • The ability to take an ethical, principled approach to food issues

We encourage applications from people with interest and experience in any part of the food system. We’re particularly looking for people with experience of or expertise in:

  • Farming and growing
  • Science
  • Nutrition
  • Ethics
  • Food business
  • Workers’ rights

However, you don’t need to be an academic to apply! Alongside those that work directly in, or with, food and farming sectors, we value lived experience and a personal passion for food issues.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please send a CV and a short supporting statement to our Executive Director, Dan Crossley via email (dan@foodethicscouncil.org). Please include your email address and contact number, as well as any dates when you will not be available or might have difficulties with the timetable.


Deadline for application: 20 Oct 2022

Notification of shortlisted candidates: 11 Nov 2022

Initial discussion/ ‘interview’: w/c 28th Nov 2022 (with some flexibility on days and timings)

Notification of decision: 9 Dec 2022

Appointment as Council member: Jan 2023

We are actively seeking candidates who can bring a range of different experiences and viewpoints to our Council. If you have a strong interest in this role, but are not sure whether you fulfil different aspects of the role description, we strongly encourage you to contact our Executive Director, Dan Crossley (dan@foodethicscouncil.org) to explore the role further and see whether it could be right for you.

We want to work together to combat the structural causes of injustices in food and farming. We warmly and actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds. We recognise that candidates from Black, Asian and Minoritised-Ethnic backgrounds are under-represented in our organisation and that there are often additional barriers present for people from these groups when applying for voluntary roles in the charity sector and beyond. We are committed to taking positive action to expand the diversity of our staff and Council.