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Remuneration:Trustee appointments are not remunerated. 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:07 June 2013 at midnight 

Role of Board Members

The main purpose of the Board is to provide effective leadership, direction, support and guidance to the organisation and to ensure that the policies and priorities of the Scottish Ministers (and the Scottish Government) are implemented.  The members of the Board have collective responsibility for overseeing the RBGE and pursuing the statutory remit as described above.  The Board is responsible for agreeing the organisation’s strategy, ensuring that the highest standards of governance are complied with; and to hold the Regius Keeper (and senior staff) to account for the management of the organisation and the delivery of agreed plans on time and within budget.  It should take due account of advice given by the Regius Keeper who is not a member of the Board.

Essential Criteria
Biodiversity Science, Research and Policy Appointments

RBGE contributes as a leading centre of excellence in plant systematics, taxonomy, and wider biodiversity sciences including botanic garden horticulture, plant conservation and environmental sustainability.  Much of its research stems from the National Collections in its care.  The Board requires two trustees with an international reputation in the areas described and to have expertise and an understanding of how biodiversity science contributes to national and international conventions and policies.  Their role will be to provide leadership, direction, support and challenge to ensure that the contribution of the Garden to biodiversity science is maintained and developed.

Enterprise, Income Generation and Visitor Attractions Appointment

The RBGE is a leading visitor attraction with the EdinburghGarden and the DawyckGarden having 5* VisitScotland ratings.  The other two Gardens have 4* VisitScotland ratings and it is the aspiration that all of the gardens will achieve 5* status.  In addition to improving our estate RBGE continuously seek to improve their offer to our visitors through quality market research and the provision of excellent retail, and restaurant offerings, and mounting exciting and relevant exhibitions and activities to encourage increased visitation, including repeat visitation.  Meeting our customers’ needs to the highest possible standards will greatly assist with income generation goals.  The Board requires a trustee to have personal experience of working in similar and relevant environments in the UK.  This Trustee’s role will be to provide leadership, direction, support and challenge to the Garden to develop the enterprise and income generation contribution.

All three appointments

All three appointments require applicants to have a good understanding of the financial workings of a public sector body; an awareness of the importance of fundraising in a charitable context and how philanthropy relates to this facet of income generation; and experience of corporate governance in the private, public, or charitable sectors including modern risk management processes.


Trustee appointments are not remunerated.  However, travel and subsistence costs as well as reasonable receipted dependant carer expenses incurred in relation to the Board's work will be reimbursed.

Time Commitment

The Board meets four times each year and some Trustees would sit on some but not all of the Committees up to a maximum of 16 days per year.  If you would like to discuss the time commitment required, please contact the Chair of the Trustees, Sir Muir Russell, on muir.russell@btinternet.com who will then arrange a suitable time to discuss it further with you.

Location of Board meetings

The Board meetings are normally held in Edinburgh, although one meeting a year is held at one of the Regional Gardens at Dawyck near Peebles, Logan near Stranraer, or Benmore near Dunoon.  This may involve an overnight stay.  Members are also encouraged to visit Regional Gardens to develop an interest in the work of the staff.

As well as Board meetings, the Audit Committee meets four times per year, the Investment Committee meets once each year and the Remuneration Committee once a year and as required.  Further details are available in the application pack.

Appointment details

The period of appointment for Trustees to the Board will commence in August 2013.  The appointments are expected to be for four years ending on 30 July 2016 with the possibility of re-appointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills, knowledge and personal qualities required on the Board at the time of re-appointment.

Closing date for applications

Completed applications should be submitted by Friday, 7 June 2013.

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at our public appointments website: www.appointed-for-scotland.org.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact the Public Appointments Centre of Expertise (PACE) on Freephone 0800 015 8449 or by email at paapplicationsmailbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk, or by writing to:

PACE Scottish Government E1 Spur Saughton House Broomhouse Drive Edinburgh EH11 3XD

Scottish Ministers welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people and people aged under 50.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Appointment of Trustees to the Board

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to three Trustees to the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) from August 2013.

The Garden has an ambitious vision and this is a Board level opportunity to help shape the future of one of the world’s most renowned botanic gardens and to support the development of RBGE’s research, education and visitor facilities both in Edinburgh and at its three regional gardens.

The RBGE is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in plant biodiversity research and conservation, and contributes to eleven of the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes.  It undertakes a wide educational programme for every stage in life, is a major tourist attraction and a place of recreation for local, national and international visitors.  First and foremost, the Garden is a scientific institution dedicated to discovering and describing plants and their relationships, evolution, conservation and biology.  This research is underpinned by the Garden's internationally important collections of living and preserved plants, a large specialist library, and well-equipped laboratories.

The Garden is currently in the planning stages of an exciting new project to redevelop the display and research glasshouses and education facilities in the Edinburgh Garden during a phased construction programme over forthcoming years, which sets out to ensure that the Garden has the capability and capacity to maintain its world-class status in conservation and plant sciences and increasing the enjoyment provided to the visiting public.