Trustee Director - Financial

Salary range: n/a
Post no.
Contract length: 3 years
Department: Governance
Opening date: 13 March 2023
Closing date: 09 April 2023

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The Earlham Institute (EI) is a hub of life science research, training, and innovation focused on understanding the natural world through the lens of genomics. The Institute is located with five other partners on the Norwich Research Park, a bioscience cluster with an excellent reputation in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary  environmental sciences, and food, diet and health research.

We are seeking a new Financial Trustee who has experience in the financial field including previous experience in audit and/or audit committee work. This recruitment is to replace the current Trustee Director with financial experience on the Board, Dr Alasdair Macnab, when he rotates off the Board in early 2023.

This Trustee will:

  • Chair the Audit Committee.
  • Report to the Board a summary of the Audit Committee activity and decisions.
  • Have non-executive oversight of the Institute’s finances and allocation of resources.
  • Perform relevant duties in the best interests of the charitable purposes of EI.
  • Commit to a three-year term with option to extend for a second term.

The successful applicant will be:

  • A qualified accountant.
  • Experienced in their field.
  • Able to advise on best practice and financial/commercial policies relevant to EI.
  • Experienced as a member of executive or non-executive board or committees.

As a non-executive director and trustee of the charity you will use strategic leadership skills, together with integrity, to lead EI.

If you believe you can make a significant contribution to the governance and development of this cutting-edge research institute, and you can give the necessary commitment, please see the candidate brief and apply via Inclusive Boards. 

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Board Structure

The EI’s Board is currently chaired by Professor Peter Holland. 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 here.


Application Process

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Inclusive Boards on behalf of The Earlham Institute.

If you wish to apply for this position, please provide the following by 23.59 (BST) on 09 April 2023:

  • A detailed CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A covering letter (maximum 2 sides) highlighting your suitability for the role and how you meet the specification. Please note that the covering letter is important and will be assessed as part of your full application.
  • Details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of their relationship to you and over what period they have known you. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a call to discuss the role, please email or call 0207 267 8369.

Please visit to apply online or send your CV and cover letter to

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