Jul 312020

Trustee Directors - The Pirbright Institute

Salary: Please refer to the Nurole website
Hours: Please refer to the Nurole website
Contract Type: Other
Contract Length: --
Closing Date: 20 August 2020
Interview Date: TBC
Job Reference: 20P-45

About The Pirbright Institute

The Pirbright Institute is a world leading centre of excellence in research and surveillance of virus diseases of farm animals and viruses that spread from animals to humans. It receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and other bodies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It works to enhance capability to contain, control and eliminate these economically and medically important diseases through highly innovative fundamental and applied bioscience. The Institute has an income of close to £60m, employs c.350 staff, and has a world-class campus in Pirbright, Surrey. Covid-19 is just one example of the scale on which such viruses can impact people's lives, making it a particularly significant and exciting time to join the Institute. Pirbright’s people are passionate about delivering outstanding scientific research and the organisation is committed to making Pirbright an excellent place to work. Pirbright’s PRIDE values (Passion, Reliability, Innovation, Dignity and Respect, Excellence) underpin all aspects of the culture at Pirbright and promoting equality, inclusion and valuing diversity is fundamental to Pirbright’s mission and goals.

Role Specification

The Board is responsible for setting strategy, monitoring performance and seeking assurance on risk from the Executive which, in turn, is responsible for the management of the organisation. As a member of the Board, the post holders would be expected to contribute to all aspects of the Board’s responsibilities.

The Board is interested in appointing at least three Trustee Directors: 1. Chair Designate of the Finance and Audit Committee, 2. Member of Risk and Assurance Committee and 3. A general Trustee Director who will join one of the board’s sub-committees.

Person Specification

All Trustee Directors will have strong communication skills, a collaborative approach and be able to demonstrate an alignment with Pirbright's mission. The Institute is seeking a:

  1. Trustee Director and Chair Designate of Finance and Audit Committee: This individual will be an experienced Non-Executive Director or Trustee Director and will be able to evidence a readiness to take on the role of chair of this critical committee. They will be an excellent leader in business and finance and a qualified accountant. They will have knowledge of relevant company law and accounting requirements as well as having had involvement in the funding and development of major capital projects
  2. Member of Risk and Assurance Committee: This individual will be an expert and senior leader from those high hazard sectors with significant potential off-site risk and should demonstrate a deep understanding of occupational health and safety in these environments.
  3. Trustee Director: This individual will have had a successful and fast moving executive career which demonstrates high potential. Pirbright particularly welcomes individuals with experience in legal issues in commercial property, OR cybersecurity, but they are also keen to hear from high achieving individuals who can demonstrate the value they would add to the board in other areas.

Diversity: The Pirbright Institute welcomes applications regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. Given the current balance on the board applications from under-represented groups would be particularly welcomed. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process.

Next steps: These roles are being run by Nurole the board-level hiring platform. To find out more and apply you will need to request to become a member of Nurole (which is free). To do so please click here. If further assistance is needed, please contact pirbrighttb@pirbright.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications is August 20th at midnight.

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