Our Board plays a key role in our success, providing support and challenge to our small but effective staff team.
The current Trustees are passionate about our mission and have a wide range of experience. We are keen to welcome new voices to our organisation as we move into a new phase of our development.
This is an exciting time to join us. Last year we welcomed a new Chief Executive and have embarked on ambitious plans to further embed our impact in education, communities and physical activity, as well as exploring new areas like youth justice, employability and care.
If you think you have the right skills and experience to help us to build a ‘Winning Scotland’ please apply.
Sir Bill Gammell
Chair and Founder
Closing date for applications is Friday 26 August.
Download the recruitment pack here, or read on for more details.
Winning Scotland is a charity that acts as a catalyst for change. Working with like-minded partners across a range of sectors, we build confidence and resilience in all of Scotland's young people. We collaborate with a range of partners to develop innovative resources and practical solutions that improve outcomes for children in Scotland.
We engage and empower the individuals and groups who have the greatest influence on young people, giving them the tools and knowledge to create sustainable impact.
Since our inception in 2005, we have impacted many hundreds of thousands of young people in Scotland, working with partners across the public, private and third sectors, and operating in every corner of the country. We have achieved this by customising proven approaches for a Scottish context and collaborating with some of Scotland’s largest organisations to create the biggest impact.
In everything we do, we're always:
Our mission is to empower all young people in Scotland to be ambitious, versatile and resilient. Whatever the circumstances, we want them to be full of confidence and prepared for the future.
About the Board
Winning Scotland currently has 5 trustees, including our Chair, and is seeking to recruit two new members. You can find out about our current board here.
Our trustees are responsible for making sure that Winning Scotland works to achieve its charitable purposes.
The role of the trustee board is:
The trustee board must always act in the best interests of Winning Scotland, exercising the same standard of duty of care that a prudent person would apply if looking after the affairs of someone for whom they have responsibility. The trustee board must act as a group and not as individuals.
In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has particular expertise.
About the Role
Unpaid. Out of Pocket expenses will be paid
Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Winning Scotland prior to their first board meeting. Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings. These are held four times a year, usually 4pm-6pm either online or in person. When in person the board meetings are usually held in Edinburgh.
One or two meetings each year may be a residential and/or strategy focused event lasting 1-2 days.
Papers are distributed one week in advance of board meetings and meetings dates are set at the start of each calendar year.
Each trustee must have:
We are keen to complement existing strengths on the board and in particular are seeking applications from candidates with significant experience in the following areas:
We are committed to creating an inclusive workspace for all our employees, trustees and partners and welcome applications from people who do not typically see themselves represented on boards. If you require any adjustments or special consideration to complete this application, or to fulfil the role if appointed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit a cover letter and CV to email@example.com by noon on 26 August 2022.
Your cover letter (which should not exceed 2 pages of A4) should summarise the following:
Please note that your CV does not have to focus on paid work, and you may choose to share voluntary or other roles that demonstrate the most relevant skills.
Salary: Unpaid. Out of Pocket Expenses available
Hours: 4 x 2-hour meetings a year + preparation time
1-2 full day training or strategy days per year
Trustees may be asked to contribute knowledge on an ad hoc basis, usually amounting to less than 1 hour a month, on average
Location: Trustee Meetings are held online and in person. In person meetings are usually held in Edinburgh
Closing date: Noon, 26 August
Interview dates: 8 and 9 September
Term Limits: 3 years, to a maximum of 3 terms.