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Non-Executive Director Recruitment

Non-Executive Director

£9,400 per annum
Approx. 18 days per annum

SRUC is seeking to appoint up to five Non-Executive Directors. These appointments would carry the responsibilities of a Company Director and Charity Trustee.

Board Members collectively provide high-level strategic oversight and ensure that adequate control and monitoring arrangements exist to support executive management in exercising proper stewardship and working towards agreed strategic objectives.

Board Members are asked to bring their expertise and experience to bear on this work. All members question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and decide dispassionately, having listened sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside meetings of the governing body.

The Board is entrusted with funds, both public and private, and has a particular duty to observe the highest standards of corporate governance. This includes ensuring and demonstrating integrity and objectivity in the transaction of business, and wherever possible following a policy of openness and transparency in the dissemination of its decisions.

Board Members are expected to develop an understanding of SRUC, its teaching and research mission and internal structure and culture. In addition, members are expected to build understanding of SRUC’s relationships with relevant external agencies and the Scottish and UK higher education systems.

Qualifications and Experience Required

Candidates are sought who can assist in taking SRUC through the next stage of its development.

Applications are particularly welcomed at this time from individuals with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Audit and Risk
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Property and Estates
  • Research and Enterprise
  • Rural Industries and the Natural Economy
  • Tertiary Education

Applications are also invited from individuals who can demonstrate experience and skills in the following areas:

  • Communication and Marketing
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Transformation

Individuals joining the Board will be expected to bring independent judgement to bear on issues of strategy, policy and performance and to offer high level advice on the development and management of programme and policy initiatives. These are challenging opportunities for highly motivated individuals to put their experience and expertise to use in support of rural businesses and communities, education and research.

Successful candidates will have the personal credibility and rounded experience to make a significant contribution to Board discussions. Through a persuasive and engaging personality, candidates will demonstrate the ability to be creative, incisive, objective, challenging, thought provoking and constructive.

SRUC is committed to ensuring that the Board represents the community, stakeholders, staff and students and welcomes expressions of interest from all suitably experienced individuals who have the experience and expertise needed to help direct and shape the organisation into the future. Expressions of interest are welcomed from applicants currently underrepresented on the Board who would further enhance its diversity.  This includes women, young people, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities.

Links to Supplementary Information on SRUC and SAC Consulting

The following additional links may be of particular interest for this role.

 The SRUC website, Home | SRUC, provides a significant amount of information about the organisation which may be of interest to prospective candidates.

Strategy: sruc-strategy-2018-2022.pdf

Accounts: SRUC Annual Accounts to 31 March 2022

Governance: Information on the current Board members of SRUC and SAC Commercial Limited can be found at Governance | SRUC

Studying at SRUC:

SRUC | Pathways to study

SRUC | Student life

SRUC School of Veterinary Medicine

Research at SRUC:                               

Challenge Centres | SRUC

Research areas | SRUC

Research impact | SRUC

Business Services:

SAC Consulting (sruc.ac.uk)

Veterinary & laboratory services (sruc.ac.uk)

Enterprise Academy for the Rural & Natural Economy | SRUC

Commercial opportunities | SRUC


Non-Executive Director Candidate Brief