Rural Support is recruiting – Chief Executive


Rural Support is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive.

Job title: Chief Executive
Reporting to: The Rural Support Board of Directors
Location: Rural Support office, Loughry College, Cookstown
Hours: 37 ½ hours per week (flexibility in working hours required)
Salary Scale: £37,849 – £43,662


  • To assist the Board of Directors in shaping and implementing the strategic direction of the organisation.


  • To manage the day to day operation of the organisation (including helpline, farm outreach / support programmes, Social Farming) and management of the Rural Support team including staff, mentors and volunteers.


  • To develop links and partnerships with relevant companies, agencies, statutory bodies and agri-rural businesses to identify and ensure the provision of quality support services, targeted at the needs of the farming community.


  • To oversee the running and continued development of the charity encompassing governance and strategic planning


  • In conjunction with staff, plan, agree and implement strategy in relation to support provision, communications, fundraising and programmes.


  • To have overall responsibility for achieving the fundraising and objectives year-on year, working with the board and staff

Applicants must have a relevant experience and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.

For an application form, job description and specification please email Deborah at Rural Support. Deborah@ruralsupport.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 4th December 1pm 2019.

Social Farming showcased at NICS Live 2019 events

Social Farming was recently showcased by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) at the           Northern Ireland Civil Service Live 2019 events – a great             opportunity to demonstrate how partnership working makes        Social Farming happen. Thanks to all at Annagh Social Farm for hosting!

Click below to watch the video:


Save the Date of a Business Planning Seminar

A number of seminars focusing on areas impacting on farm businesses have been organised by CAFRE in partnership with Rural Support to be delivered throughout Northern Ireland over the coming months starting on 28 November at Greenmount Campus, CAFRE. Seminars will be delivered by industry professionals from local Accountancy and Law firms.

For further information contact Rural Support on 028 8676 0040 or visit www.cafre.ac.uk.