Previous Opportunities

Non-Executive Directors

Remunerated with travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed
This position is now closed to applications.

Non-Executive Directors
Board meetings alternate when practicable between all SRUC campuses
Remunerated with travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed
SRUC is seeking to appoint three 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 welcomed from 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.
  • Significant experience or knowledge of Higher Education at a senior level.
  • Significant experience at a senior level of commercial/entrepreneurial environments.
  • Ability to give a time commitment of at least 18 days per annum.
Experience or knowledge of the following is desirable:
  • Rural or agri-business industries and the environment.
  • Transformational change in an institutional or commercial environment.
  • Research.
In order to balance the skills and backgrounds of existing Board members, and to anticipate future requirements, we are keen to attract candidates with high level commercial / private sector experience or experience in Higher Education.
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.
Fees, Terms and Location
Non-Executive Directors are appointed for a period of 3 years in the first instance with the possibility of extension for a further three years subject to a satisfactory appraisal. This post is remunerated with travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed.
These positions will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland check.
The SRUC central office is located at King’s Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG.
The location of the Board meetings alternates when practicable between all SRUC campuses.
Further detail on the roles is available at  
For a confidential discussion please contact Donogh O’Brien on 0141 212 7555.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 24th August 2020
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