Skip to navigation Skip to content

Non-Executive Director Recruitment

The Role

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.

Candidates will have a clear understanding of the operating context of the organisation and the ability to operate at Board level through previous strategic / Board experience.  The Institute would be keen to receive applications from candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

  • 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

Candidates will have the ability to work strategically and collaboratively at a senior level with excellent corporate governance knowledge.  You will have significant business and political acumen with the ability to lead change successfully whilst positively influencing individuals and organisations.  Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to equality and diversity.

Remuneration and Time Commitment 

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 for the Non-Executive Director role ranges from 8 – 12 days per annum, including committee work.

How to Apply


We trust that you have found the information on this microsite both useful and informative.

If you wish a confidential discussion on any aspects of these positions, then please contact Donogh O’Brien or Lauren Crichton, at Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.


To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter / supporting statement as one document by clicking here.

Please make sure that you include a note of why you are interested in the role and what you would bring to the role. We would also be grateful if you could include the details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent).

Please note that you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your application – if you do not receive this please contact Melissa Scholes on 0141 212 7555.


Closing date for applications – Friday 6th January 2023
Interviews – w/c 23rd January 2023

Equal Opportunities Statement

The James Hutton Group celebrates and values the diversity of its workforce and believes that employing, assisting the development of, and promoting people of all protected characteristics is in the best interests of the institute, its employees and students. Our aim is to create an environment which is fair, welcoming and inclusive and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We believe that equality of opportunity is key in achieving our mission and are committed to the positive promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion amongst all members of the Institute and to the principles of the Equality Act 2010.

The Institute is Disability Confident accredited and strives to ensure that disabled employees can work and study in an inclusive, accessible and supportive environment.

Printed from /non-executive-director-recruitment on 26/02/24 12:49:01 AM

The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.