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Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors
£9,400 per annum
18 days per year

SRUC is a specialist institution focused on the Natural Economy, 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. We are quite unlike any other institution, with a tertiary education model (from FE to PhD), a world-class research base, 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.  At SRUC, we believe in the power of collaboration between government, business, academia, and communities – a synergy that catalyses growth and resilience. Our aim is to ensure that every SRUC campus is a microcosm of this collaboration; places where ideas are incubated, and enterprises are born that take root in rural communities and generate prosperity.

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


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For a confidential discussion contact Gillian Blackadder, Katharine Price or Donogh O’Brien on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications: Monday 15th January 2024

To apply, please upload your CV and cover letter via the apply button.