Trustee Director with Scientific Experience
Post Details
Job Title
Trustee Director with Scientific Experience
Post Number
1004058
Closing Date
30 Jun 2021
Starting Salary
Competitive salary
Hours per week
37
Months Duration
36
Interview Date
20 Sep 2021

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The EI’s Board is chaired by Professor Dame Janet Thornton. There are currently nine non-executive Trustee Directors; their collective experiences include: scientific research, commerce, finance and law.
Full details of the current Board members can be found at http://www.earlham.ac.uk/governance. Professor Beggs will retire from the Board in 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities of a Trustee Director
The responsibilities of Trustee Director individually, and therefore collectively as a Board of Trustee Directors, include:
•     To uphold the fiduciary duty invested in the role of trustee.
•     To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
•     To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document, and always acts in its best interests.
•     To ensure that the organisation uses its resources exclusively in furtherance of its charitable purposes.
•     To exercise their duty of care, using their professional skills where appropriate and / or taking appropriate professional advice in all matters where there may be material risk to the charity.
•     To ensure sound financial management and the long-term stability of the organisation, the protection and management of the Charity’s property, and the proper investment of the Charity’s funds.
•     To contribute actively to the Board’s role in agreeing strategy, policy, the overall organisational budgets, target-setting and evaluation of performance and supporting the Director and EI staff in their implementation.
•     To safeguard the organisation’s reputation and values and to understand, be committed to, and actively promote its core objectives.
•     To avoid any personal conflicts of interest and to observe the organisation’s conflict of interest policy.
•     To prepare for, and participate in Board meetings and actively contribute to decision-making at such meetings.
•     To support colleagues on the Board in carrying out their duties and use any specific knowledge / experience to help the Board reach sound decisions.
•     To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
•     To observe fully the Trustee Code of Conduct, participating actively in systems for performance review and continually strive for the highest standards of governance.

Key Relationships

EI Board of Directors
EI Senior Management Team
Scientific Advisory Board
EI Members
EI Staff

Main Activities & Responsibilities

To uphold the fiduciary duty invested in the role of trustee.
To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document, and always acts in its best interests.
To ensure that the organisation uses its resources exclusively in furtherance of its charitable purposes.
To exercise their duty of care, using their professional skills where appropriate and / or taking appropriate professional advice in all matters where there may be material risk to the charity.
To ensure sound financial management and the long-term stability of the organisation, the protection and management of the Charity’s property, and the proper investment of the Charity’s funds.
To contribute actively to the Board’s role in agreeing strategy, policy, the overall organisational budgets, target-setting and evaluation of performance and supporting the Director and EI staff in their implementation.
To safeguard the organisation’s reputation and values and to understand, be committed to, and actively promote its core objectives.
To avoid any personal conflicts of interest and to observe the organisation’s conflict of interest policy.
To prepare for, and participate in Board meetings and actively contribute to decision-making at such meetings.
To support colleagues on the Board in carrying out their duties and use any specific knowledge / experience to help the Board reach sound decisions.
To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
To observe fully the Trustee Code of Conduct, participating actively in systems for performance review and continually strive for the highest standards of governance.

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
Relevant scientific field
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Awareness of, and sensitivity to, the political environment in which the organisation is operating.
Essential
Strategic and creative thinker.
Essential
Sound independent judgement.
Essential
Ability to assimilate and interpret wide-ranging types of information, including financial information
Essential
An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship and, specifically, of the distinction within charitable companies of the role of the Board and its responsibility to set and monitor the strategic direction of the organisation, compared with the e
Essential
Commitment to the “Seven Principles of Public Life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership (Nolan Principles).
Essential

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to work as a member of a team.
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Commitment to maintaining strict confidentiality concerning all EI matters that are not in the public domain.
Essential
Commitment to the “Seven Principles of Public Life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership (Nolan Principles).
Essential
Commitment to follow the Good Governance Code of Practice for the Voluntary and Community Sector and other good EI governance guidance.
Essential
A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to fulfilling the role.
Essential

Who We Are

Earlham Institute

Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.

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Trustee Directors with Scientific Experience 

Earlham Institute (EI) is a vibrant research institute focused on developing, understanding and using state-of-the-art genomics and bioinformatics to advance and enable bioscience by applying computational and data driven approaches. 

EI is located with five other partners on the Norwich Research Park, a bioscience cluster with an outstanding reputation in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental sciences, and food, diet and health. The Board of Trustee Directors is looking to appoint two new Scientific Trustees who have experience in a relevant scientific field. As a non-executive director and trustee of the charity, you will use strategic leadership skills to nurture, advise and lead EI as it grows and evolves. The Board meets in person 4 times/year in Norwich, with interspersed telephone conferences between meetings. 

As a non-executive trustee, you will provide guidance and input for the development of the scientific programme. If you believe that you can make a significant contribution to the governance and development of this young research institute, and you can give the necessary commitment, please click here to view the candidate brief.

The Scientific Trustee will:
• Deploy their scientific knowledge and experience to further the organisation’s interests which will include:
   - Representing EI in the scientific arena especially with key stakeholders and
   partners.               
   - Assist with the scientific direction and policies of the organisation.
   - Provide advice on the reporting of the scientific programme.
• Perform relevant duties in the best interests of the charitable purposes of EI.

The successful applicant will be:
• A highly regarded and successful scientist with interest in a scientific field that is relevant to EI’s vision, mission and strategy.
• Recognised in the UK and internationally as a leader in their field.
• Extensively experienced in being a principal investigator in scientific projects.
• Able to advise on best practice and scientific policies relevant to EI.
• Have experience as a member of executive or non-executive relevant boards or committees.

You should make your application by forwarding your CV and a covering letter saying why you should be appointed to this post together with a personal statement addressing the candidate specification to support your application.  We suggest this is no more than two sides of A4 as a Word document.  These should be sent to ei.chair@earlham.ac.uk.

You will find it useful to have a look at our website before applying http://www.earlham.ac.uk.  The Charity Commission website http://www.charitycomission.gov.uk will also be useful.

The full field of candidates will be shortlisted for interview by members of the Board.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a tour of the Institute (if possible during the recruitment timescale and allowable by Covid regulations) and a panel interview with the Chair of the Board, at least two other Trustee Directors and the Institute Director.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 30th June 2021.