Trustees : The Pirbright Institute

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  • Title: Trustees : The Pirbright Institute
  • Salary: Voluntary plus expenses
  • Location: Surrey
  • Contact: Peter Fenton
  • Reference: W / B146

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The Pirbright Institute, based near to Woking in Surrey, is one of the world’s leading scientific research bodies involved in preventing and controlling viral diseases of livestock by undertaking ground-breaking research into viral pathogens.  Its scientists have made important global contributions to farming, industry and society by employing fundamental and applied research –  With the impending retirement of some existing Trustees, the Institute now seeks to appoint a number of exceptional individuals with the credibility and gravitas to further strengthen the Board. The Institute is a charity and also a limited company; it is largely funded by UKRI. The positions are currently unremunerated but expenses will be reimbursed. Appointments are normally for three years with the possibility of extension.

The Positions:

  • Responsible to the Chairman, each Trustee will provide proper guidance and oversight for the Institute’s affairs
  • Trustees are responsible for setting strategic direction and ensuring that the Institute’s strategic objectives are delivered
  • Trustees are expected to exercise independent judgement and to work at all times in the best interest of the Institute
  • Trustees must work in accord with Charity Commission requirements and in line with the Institute’s articles of association
  • Required areas of specialisation on the Board include Human Resources, Public Relations & Communications, Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Health & Safety, Finance, Commerce and Science

The Candidates:

  • Strategic leaders with proven senior track records in the public or private sectors
  • Skilled and experienced leaders with the ability and desire to continue to foster a ‘best in class’ research environment to cement a global legacy
  • Excellent team players; willing and able to work collaboratively
  • Articulate and persuasive communicators with the gravitas to influence Board and senior operational colleagues
  • Clear thinkers with individual areas of expertise and the ability to help shape the future of the Institute
  • Determined and politically adept
  • An interest/involvement in livestock veterinary matters, livestock farming, science or technology is desirable
  • Trustees are expected to attend 6 Board meetings each year and to either Chair or be a member of one of three Board sub-committees; meetings are normally held at Pirbright; time commitment is up to 20 days each year

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