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Non-Executive Directors

SRUC campuses, Edinburgh
This position is now closed to applications.


SRUC is a unique organisation founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy.  As a Higher Education Institution, they have specialist expertise in Education and Research and offer unrivalled links with industry through their Agricultural Business Consultants. 

SRUC’s principal purpose is to advance education, science, research and environmental protection and improvement in the rural and land-based industries, both domestically and internationally.  The commercial consultancy, skills training and research activities are undertaken through SAC Commercial Limited. References to “SRUC” in this specification includes both SRUC and SAC Commercial Limited.

SRUC employs approximately 1,300 staff operating from 6 campuses, 8 farms, 25 consulting offices, 6 research centres and 8 veterinary surveillance centres located primarily across Scotland.

The Role

SRUC is seeking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors with strategic experience. These appointments would carry the responsibilities of a Company Director and Charity Trustee.

SRUC is committed to ensuring that the Board represents the community, stakeholders, staff and students which it represents 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 particularly welcomed from women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and applicants currently underrepresented on the Boards who would further enhance its diversity.

Current Board Committees and Sub Committees which successful candidates may be asked to join include: Remuneration & Appointments, Audit & Risk, and Finance & Estates.

Qualifications and experience required:

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

Applications are invited from individuals who can demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Experience of strategic planning and management.
  • Board level experience at a national and international level.
  • An appreciation of the functions and responsibilities of an organisation which receives significant funding from both Government and commercial sources.
  • Experience or knowledge of Further Education and/or Finance and Accounting.
  • Ability to give a time commitment of at least 18 days per annum.

Experience or knowledge of the following is desirable:

  • Rural industries and the environment.
  • Transformational change in an institutional or commercial environment.
  • Research

In order to balance the experience and background of existing Board members, and to anticipate future requirements, SRUC are keen to attract candidates with Finance and Accountancy qualifications or experience in Further Education.


For a confidential discussion please contact Donogh O’Brien or Lesley Drew on 0141 212 7555.

Further Information

For further details about the organisation and the position please visit


To apply, please complete the short form below and upload your CV, covering letter and completed equal opportunities form. You should receive an automatic acknowledgment – if you do not please contact Katy Gall on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date: Noon on Monday 28th January 2019