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Chair of the SRUC Board

Chair of the SRUC Board
Scotland wide
Time commitment: Minimum 40 days per year
Remuneration: £24,500

SRUC is ambitious, connected, responsive and expert. We are a small, specialist institution with pan-Scotland locations and a global reach. Formed in 2012, but built on a history of over 100 years, we are a young institution with a long heritage within the rural economies.

We are quite unlike any other institution, with a tertiary education model (from FE to PhD), a world-class research base and unrivalled extension, knowledge exchange and consultancy services. Therefore we are uniquely placed to respond to the global challenges facing us collectively, and we have the strength, courage and audacity to do it.

Our vision is to become Scotland’s Enterprise University at the heart of our sustainable natural economy. Our central purpose is to promote greater sustainability of our natural resources, and of the sectors that build the skills to deliver this for the benefit of Scotland as a whole. This sense of purpose brings new colleagues to work with us, students to join our courses and programmes, and partners to collaborate with us. We believe that this passion and commitment has brought new Board members to join us in recent years and we hope it ignites a flame for you too as a potential new Chair of the SRUC Board.

Led by the Chair, the Board supports and monitors the high-level delivery of SRUC’s ambitions and visions as set out in the Strategic Plan. Naturally the Chair will promote the effective operation of the Board, encouraging all members to work constructively and together take responsibility for decisions, and have confidence in the procedures which are laid down for the conduct of business.

As our new Chair, you can expect to work with a dynamic group of committed, intelligent and rigorous Board members who bring deep understanding and experience from a diverse range of sectors. The Executive Leadership Team, led by Professor Wayne Powell, are highly ambitious for SRUC, led by their values and bring their vision, commitment and energy to the Board in a way that engages, challenges and informs.

This is a unique opportunity to lead an ambitious change agenda as well as to safeguard the governance of an organisation of strategic national importance. Unquestionably, this is a period of exceptional change in the Further and Higher Education sector and within the rural economy in Scotland, and beyond.  

Further information, including the Key Responsibilities, Person Specification and Personal Attributes, can be found at

For a confidential discussion please contact Donogh O’Brien, at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

As an organisation we encourage an environment which is inclusive to all and free from discrimination. We welcome applications from anyone with the required skills for the position.

Closing date for applications: Noon on Monday 10th January 2022

To apply please email your CV, covering letter and completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to Katy Gall –