Jan 102019

Non-Executive Directors - Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

SRUC is embarking on a mission to reposition itself for long-term sustainability and future growth by developing bold and ambitious strategies to reconnect agriculture, land-based activity, the environment and food supply to society.

To place SRUC in the strongest possible position as we advance and develop our plans and to accelerate the pace of transformational change, the Board has agreed to the creation of two new Non-Executive Directors.

The creation of these two roles presents opportunities to become involved and contribute to the future success of an organisation of strategic national importance at a period of exceptional change within the rural economy in Scotland and beyond.

SRUC – Overview and Background

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

SRUC’s Vision and Mission

SRUC’s new model will deliver to the needs of the rural economy as a new, successful 21st Century university.

    To be a unique, market-led and mission diverse 21st Century rural university.
    To drive the future needs of a dynamic, innovative and competitive rural sector in Scotland and to solve the biggest global agrifood challenges.

Further information on SRUC, it’s Academic Strategy and structure can be found in the document below:

The Role of Non-Executive Director - SRUC

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.

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 alternate between all SRUC campuses:


Further information on the role and the qualifications and experience required can be found in the following document:

Candidate Brief

Application Process

Aspen People Ltd. have been appointed to support SRUC with the recruitment of the two Non-Executive Directors.

To apply, please upload your application (CV, covering letter and equal opportunities form) by clicking HERE.

An Equal Opportunities Form can be downloaded for completion by clicking HERE.

All applications must include the following:

  • A full CV with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history, where possible giving details of budgets and numbers of people managed, and relevant achievements in recent posts.
  • A short covering letter of no more than two A4 sized pages explaining why this appointment interests you and how you meet the appointment criteria and key competencies as detailed in the candidate brief.
  • Names of at least three referees. Please note, referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.
  • Please provide day-time, evening and mobile telephone numbers, together with an appropriate, confidential and acceptable e-mail address for all correspondence relating to your application.

You should receive an automatic acknowledgment of your application - if you do not please contact Antonia Davidson on 0141 212 7555.

Contact Information:

Should you wish to have an informal, confidential discussion about the post, please contact: Donogh O’Brien or Lesley Drew at Aspen People Ltd on 0141 212 7555.

Closing Date:

The closing date for all applications is noon on Monday 28th January 2019.


Candidates selected for interview will be individually informed in writing of the date and location.

Equal Opportunities:

Equal Opportunities Policy Statement:

It is the policy of SRUC to provide equality of opportunity for all applicants for employment and for all its employees.

This policy of equal opportunity will apply regardless of a person’s gender, age, marital status, parental status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender reassignment, transexualism or physical or mental disability, or any other inappropriate distinction.

SRUC is committed to the development and use of employment procedures and practices, which do not discriminate and which will provide genuine equality of opportunity for all employees.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.