SAIC is seeking new Board members

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by Benedikte Ranum

Director of Comms & Knowledge Exchange

A new opportunity to play a strategic role in aquaculture innovation

We are seeking four dynamic and inspiring individuals to join the SAIC Board. They will help drive the future success of aquaculture innovation and technology adoption by companies in Scotland.

We work with a consortium of over 150 businesses, universities, research institutes and other aquaculture stakeholders. Our agenda is industry-led, and focuses on the main challenges and opportunities for the sector in Scotland.

The current vacancies are for one senior academic from the Scottish HEI community and three industry professionals with extensive experience of the aquaculture supply chain.

What skills, experience and mindset are we looking for?

We need people with a diverse range of skills and backgrounds so that our Board can work effectively. We also emphasise the need for Board members from all geographic regions in Scotland. The climate we foster across our organisation is one of professionalism, inclusivity, support and equality.

Academic Board member: You will be a senior academic from within the Scottish higher education institutional community with an international reputation as a researcher active in a technically relevant area (which could range from land-based agriculture to marine environmental impacts, and from animal health to data analytics, sensors or AI). You will have experience of undertaking applied research in conjunction with industry, and will also have strong networks with the UK Research Councils and/or Innovate UK.

Industry Board members (two new positions and one replacement for an existing Board member who is stepping down): You will be an experienced industrialist who is well versed in the aquaculture supply chain. To help broaden the knowledge of the current SAIC Board, we are particularly interested in new members who have an SME background and/or are based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and/or have knowledge of engineering, data analytics, AI, innovation, or skills development. For the replacement Board position, we are actively seeking a senior leader with deep knowledge of aquaculture production in Scotland.

What do we expect from our Board members?

In addition to attending quarterly Board meetings, Board members are expected to:

  • attend a minimum of two events per year in their Board capacity
  • promote SAIC to other businesses within the industry and across the public sector
  • champion the work of SAIC within their own business, academic and international networks

Board appointments are for a three-year period and are not remunerated, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

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We look forward to hearing from you!