Exciting opportunities on our Board of Trustees

Exciting opportunities on our Board of Trustees

16 January 2019

Our Chair, Moray Macdonald, and Treasurer, John Kennedy, will be coming to the end of their tenures next year.

We are now looking for dynamic people with a keen interest in Scouting and youth development to take on these key roles within our Board of Trustees.

This is a very exciting time for Scouts Scotland.  We have been growing for the last 12 years, and have just launched our new 5-year strategy to grow, become more inclusive, have a bigger impact on our communities, and be shaped by young people.

We are the largest mixed youth movement in Scotland.  Each week, we give almost 40,000 young people in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed in life.  We encourage young people to do more, learn more, and be more.

We have c60 staff across our Scottish headquarters office and three Scottish Scout Adventures Centres, and are led by our Chief Executive, Katie Docherty


The role of Chair is critical to the ongoing success of Scouts Scotland and we are keen to appoint someone with a passion for Scouting. The role will involve chairing the Board of Trustees, providing strategic leadership and ensuring that the organisation adheres to the governance processes in place. In addition, the role will help lead the delivery of our new Strategy – Skills for Life to 2023; maintaining a balance between the organisational needs, fundraising and attracting more young people to join the movement. Other aspects of the role will be to attend events, engage with stakeholders and provide visibility for Scouts Scotland. This is a fantastic opportunity to undertake a non-executive role, in a charity that supports and develops thousands of young people across Scotland.

Ideal candidates will currently be operating at a senior level in business, with excellent stakeholder engagement skills. They will have strong commercial acumen and be inspired by the work that Scouting does in the UK. They will be able to devote around 2-4 days a month to support meetings, events and calls, in relation to fulfilling this role. Much of this time will take place in the evening or weekends.  The role is unpaid, however it is a high-profile role, with an opportunity to gain broad experience.


The role of Treasurer will take accountability for the financial aspects of Scouts Scotland, providing oversight to the finance team and ensuring that all financial matters are managed in line with regulatory requirements.

Ideal candidates will have experience of managing finance and accounts at a senior level, excellent organisational skills, supported by strong commercial acumen. You must have an accountancy qualification, and experience of managing accounts for a charity would also be an advantage. An interest in Scouting would be beneficial. You will be able to devote around 2-4 days a month to support meetings, events and calls in relation to fulfilling this role. Much of this time is in the evening or weekends.  The role is unpaid, however it is extremely rewarding with the opportunity to develop your current skills and experience.

More information

To find out more about us and our plans for the future, check out Strategy – Skills for Life 2018 – 2023.

To apply for either of these roles, please send your CV and covering email, outlining your relevant experience to fiona.irvine@rainbowhr.com.

For an informal discussion about either role, you can call Fiona on 07739 447369.