Macaulay Development Trust
Macaulay Development Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC023988

The Macaulay Development Trust is a charity which supports excellent research into the sustainable use of land and natural resources, for the benefit of people, their communities and the environment which aligns with the vision and legacy of TB Macaulay. It has financial investments, which are managed on an ethical basis, and some investment property which generate the funds which are subsequently distributed in grants.

Current vacancies

Executive Administrator

  • Part time
  • Negotiable
  • Home based
  • Closing 1st February 2021


The Macaulay Development Trust in Scotland would like to appoint, on a consultancy basis, a part time Executive Administrator to succeed the present one who is retiring. The new Executive Administrator will take up post, after a full handover, in late March or early April 2021 on a date to be agreed. The present Executive Administrator will remain available for some time to provide advice, if required.


The Trust traces its origins to an endowment from Dr T B Macaulay in 1930 to establish the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research. The Trust was created as an independent charity in 1994, and now operates under a supplementary deed registered in 2011, and is regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The Trust supports excellent research into the sustainable use of land and natural resources, for the benefit of people, their communities, and the environment. Its assets include a small investment property portfolio which is located on the Aberdeen campus of the James Hutton Institute and financial investments which are managed according to environmental, social and governance criteria. These generate funds which are distributed in grants for excellent scientific research to progress T B Macaulay’s vision and address contemporary and future challenges in the field of rural land use, particularly in Scotland. In addition, the Trust sponsors the annual Macaulay Lecture, usually held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, which is delivered by a world renowned expert and has become a highlight of the economics, natural and social science calendar in Scotland.

The Trust works very closely with the James Hutton Institute who are a major recipient of grants and organise the Macaulay lecture. In addition, the institute provides the Trust with property management, IT, and other services under contract.

There is further information about the Trust on its website;

The Role

The Executive Administrator is the principal point of contact for most Trust business and they will be provided with a dedicated email account. The hours required vary considerably and may be between 25 and 50 hours a month, depending on the workload; the period April to September tends to be quieter than the rest of the year. There is no Trust office, and the Executive Administrator is expected to include office services and incidental consumables in their hourly rate. The remuneration will be agreed in discussion with the successful applicant and expenses (such as any bulk printing, postage and travel and subsistence), which will be reimbursed at cost. They will be paid monthly in arrears on receipt of an invoice.

The Executive Administrator is responsible for the management of Trustees meetings, liaison with Trustees, professional advisors, the James Hutton Institute, and grants administration.