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The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research & Development Council

About the organisation
AgriSearch (The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) is an independent charity incorporated as a company limited by guarantee.

AgriSearch was formed in 1997 to help dairy, beef and sheep farmers become directly involved with production-oriented research. The funds contributed by farmers to AgriSearch (through a voluntary levy collected by Dairy and Red Meat Processors) are used to commission research that will improve and develop beef, sheep and dairy farming in Northern Ireland. The guiding principle behind all of AgriSearch-funded projects is to provide research that will be of practical benefit to farmers and provide them with tools to help reduce costs, increase performance, drive innovation and improve welfare.

In recent years AgriSearch’s role has grown from merely being a co-funder of research to taking a much more active role in leading projects and acting as a liaison between researchers, advisors and the industry. It now has a pivotal role within the research and knowledge transfer functions for Northern Ireland’s ruminant livestock sector.

AgriSearch is going through a period of significant change and is currently developing a new strategic framework for its future operations.

Essential Qualities

  • As an independent Trustee the applicant must not be a levy payer or collector nor actively involved in farming.


  • Knowledge of and interest in the Northern Ireland Agri-Food sector.
  • Successful experience of operating within a board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders at every level in industry and government to achieve organisational objectives
  • A proven track record of sound judgement and effective decision making
  • A history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences

Knowledge, skills and understanding:

  • Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Trustee and if called upon as Chair / Vice-Chair
  • Preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board, and a willingness to speak their mind as well as listening to the views of others
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis
  • Good, independent judgement and strategic vision
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Leadership ability (as may be called on to take the role of Chair / Vice-Chair)
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to take decisions for the good of the organisation
  • An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive

 Contact Jason Rankin and request the information pack and details on how to apply.

Closing date is Monday 06th October 2014.