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Non-Executive Director Recruitment


The James Hutton Institute is an independent research organisation conducting science on lands, crops and natural resources. The products of our research benefits current and future generations in Scotland and beyond.

Of our 550 colleagues, 350 are scientists and 200 provide the professional services that enables our work, including an extensive farm, field and glasshouse research service. We host the Biomathematics Statistics Scotland (BioSS) and 120 post graduate students registered at more than 30 different universities in the UK and internationally. In addition to our two main campuses in Aberdeen and Dundee, we have offices in Edinburgh and two research farms. Over 100 further people working in the private sector or for public sector bodies are co-located on our campuses.

Our subsidiary, James Hutton Limited, helps deliver impact by commercialising our intellectual properly. We recognise that every person in the Hutton Group is part of our science team with their specific and important role to play. We are the sum of these parts and all play a part in the translational approach we pioneer to make a difference.

The Board currently comprises thirteen Non-Executive Directors and due to some long-serving Board members retiring we now wish to appoint at least 4 new members to our Board by September 2023. The Institute is committed to an inclusive and diverse representation on the board. We have maintained a 50:50 gender balanced board since 2017 and we are seeking to consolidate and expand our board’s inclusiveness. Our first female Chair in Susan Davies takes over from Ian Gambles starting in September 2023. As an Institute focussed on the needs of future generations, we are keen to encourage applications from those who are in the early years of their career to further increase our diversity of thought and experience.