October 2018


The Careers Research & Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited was established in 1964 as a registered charity with the remit to support the career-related learning of people of all ages.

CRAC provides research, intelligence and innovation services for all those who support the career development of people of all ages and in all sectors.

We passionately believe that individuals have the ability to achieve their career goals if they are equipped with the skills and information to do so. We achieve our aims by working in partnership with government agencies, education organisations and providers and employers and professional bodies globally, ensuring that the work we do impacts on as many individuals as possible, to achieve CRAC's vision of a world where people make career decisions wisely and develop their capabilities throughout their working lives.

CRAC is the leading expert in the field of the career and professional development of researchers. Through our Vitae programme, we enable over 200 organisations globally with a stake in realising the potential of researchers to build capacity in developing excellent researchers, bringing benefits to research outputs, innovation, society and the economy. We strengthen our members’ institutional provision through research and innovation; training and resources; events; consultancy and membership.


The Board recently reviewed its governance structure and processes with a view to ensuring the structure co-ordinates the development, implementation and delivery of strategy and policy. We seek new Board members who will be appointed by external competition.

Time commitment

The Board meets at least three times a year (usually London or Cambridge) and members are expected also to attend occasional external events (if appropriate).

Terms and remuneration

Members will serve a three-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. The roles are unremunerated although reasonable expenses are paid.

About our Trustees and Chief Executive

The Board currently consists of a Chair and five Trustees, for biographies of Trustees and Directors including the Chief Executive please go to

Application Process

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following by email to by Noon on Monday 5th November 2018:

  • - A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements
  • - A covering letter (no more than two pages of A4) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience to provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the Candidate Brief.

Any postal applications should be sent to Sharon Jackman, Head of Finances and Resources, CRAC, 22 Signet Court, Swanns Road, Cambridge, CB5 8LA. Please quote reference Trustee18 in your correspondence.

Indicative Timeline

If you are unable to meet these timeframes, please let us know in your application letter. The anticipated timetable is as follows:

Closing Date: Monday 5th November 2018

Final Panel Interviews: Monday 19th November 2018

Interview Location: London

Download the Trustee Candidate Brief