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Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors
The James Hutton Institute

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.

We use science to understand our world better and to provide solutions to the climate and nature crises. We innovate, we invent, we discover, we model, we predict, we test, we verify, we provoke, we reassure, we advise, we challenge, we motivate, educate and inspire. We use our accumulated knowledge, resources and the skills, talents, experience of our people to understand and enlighten the choices that governments, society and individuals need to make in relation to land use and natural resources for a better world for future generations. We work in the lab, field, farm in natural ecosystems and with communities on the soil, water, vegetation, crops, nature, people and society.

We work with partners in over 55 different countries worldwide. Our approach is to take our expertise, skills and knowledge from Scotland to other parts of the world, and to learn and bring international expertise, knowledge and skills back to Scotland.

The JHI Board consists of thirteen Non-Executive Directors and due to several members retiring, the Institute wishes to appoint six new members to its Board over the next 12 months.

The main purpose of the role of the Non-Executive Director is to participate fully in the activities of the Board and Sub-Committees to ensure that the organisation meets its commitments to stakeholders.

Specifically, we are looking for new Non-Executive Directors with experience in:


  • Commercial / entrepreneurial skills
  • Knowledge of the UK research and innovation landscape
  • Science background relevant to the Institute mission
  • Qualified CA
  • Experience of providing advice to Government on policy and strategies
  • Knowledge and experience of the agricultural sector in the UK and internationally


The Non-Executive appointments (apart from Chair and sub-committee chair positions) are not remunerated but travel and subsistence expenses are met.

The time commitment ranges from 8 – 12 days per annum, including committee work.

Further information on the Institute and a recruitment pack can be found at

For a confidential discussion contact Donogh O’Brien or Lauren Crichton on 0141 212 7555.