AgriSearch (Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) seeks applicants for two vacancies on its Board for an Independent Trustee and an Independent Farmer Trustees.

AgriSearch was formed in 1997 to provide a mechanism through which beef, dairy and sheep farmers could have direct involvement in production orientated research. Funds contributed to AgriSearch are used to commission research into the improvement and development of beef, sheep and dairy farming.

AgriSearch’s guiding principle is to provide practical benefit for primary producers to reduce costs, improve performance, drive innovation and improve welfare.  Duplication of existing R&D work is avoided and every effort is made to get maximum leverage from complementary funding sources. 

The Board of Trustees is jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity.  It reviews research projects recommended by the three sectoral advisory committees and acts as a custodian of AgriSearch funds.

Trustees serve for three years per term of service and may be re-elected up to a maximum of three terms.  There is no payment for such service but travelling expenses will be paid to attend meetings, events etc.

For the vacancy for ‘Independent Farmer Trustees’ applicants must be actively engaged in beef, dairy and / or sheep farming in Northern Ireland and be an AgriSearch levy payer.  For the vacancy of ‘Independent Trustee’ the applicant should not be actively involved in farming in Northern Ireland.

Information packs are available by contacting Jason Rankin on 028 8778 9770 or alternatively can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Independent Trustee Information Pack

Independent Farmer Trustee Information Pack & Application Form

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 6th October 2014.