The Marie Trust is a charity with an excellent and established reputation for its multi-faceted and progressive services delivery within the homelessness, criminal justice and addictions sectors in Glasgow. The dedicated, experienced and highly skilled Board, staff and volunteers of The Marie Trust work tirelessly for and with some of the most disadvantaged individuals in Glasgow, many of whom exist in total destitution.
The charity has a centrally located operational base, providing vital holistic intervention and counselling services, a fully equipped training kitchen and not for profit café, and several co-located outreaches, including a founding part in the award-winning CAN initiative, and a large community of volunteers that support all areas of The Marie Trust’s mission.
The Marie Trust is now at an exciting juncture in its development, with a new Chief Officer in place and seven new Board members with a variety of skills and experiences already in post. The organisation has experienced a change in leadership, where there is no Chief Executive in place but an experienced Chief Officer who works closely with the board. The board is the strategic and executive decision-making authority and has a more hands-on approach to the development of the organisation. We are at the perfect juncture to welcome in a new Chair of the Board to lead on the formation of a new strategy fit for what will be a crucial but challenging period ahead.
To fulfil our ambitious strategy, we are therefore seeking an experienced Chair to lead the new Board of Directors and to work in partnership with the Chief Officer to set the new direction and strategy for The Marie Trust. We are looking for a Chair that is driven, experienced in strategic planning, objective and forward planning and can steer the board and organisation through this process of change and support the organisation to strategically plan for the next 5 years ahead. An understanding of the Third Sector would be a bonus but is not essential, as full introductory and continuous training is given to all Board members.
The Chair position requires time and commitment that should not be underestimated. The board is currently meeting on a monthly basis, which may be subject to change.
All new Board positions will be co-opted initially and co-opted again or elected at the next AGM.
Would you like to be part of ending homelessness in Scotland?
Simon Community Scotland is a Scottish charity wholly focussed on tackling the causes and effects of homelessness. We have over 50 years’ experience of partnership working in responding to the complex needs of people whose journey towards homelessness often began at an early age. We are a wholly values-driven provider of specialist street outreach services in Glasgow and Edinburgh, intensive community outreach support emergency and supported accommodation services, and we are the largest provider of specialist homelessness provision for women experiencing homelessness. Our services are spread across 4 Local Authority areas, along with a national programme bringing digital inclusion to the very heart of homelessness provision.
We have a team of over 300+ staff and volunteers delivering personalised solutions for over 3000 people per year.
Most recently, Simon Community Scotland joined forces with Streetwork based in Edinburgh, becoming one unified organisation and amalgamating the two largest street outreach teams in the country. Emerging as a stronger influence in homelessness with no other organisation reaching more people who have nowhere safe or secure to call home in Scotland.
Skills & Experience
We currently have a vacancy for 2 Trustees to join our Board and contribute to our respected pool of expertise. Ideally, applicants will have a range of relevant skills and a keen interest combatting the causes and effects of homelessness. We are particularly keen to receive applications from individuals with expertise in:
● Social Care
● Digital and IT
● Business Development
● Tenure is initially for 3 years (up to a maximum 2 terms of 3 years).
● Attend 6 Board Meetings per year on the last Tuesday (evening) of every 2nd month
(commencing in January), at our Head Office in Glasgow.
● Join one Sub-Committee - (Finance (quarterly), HR & Governance, Audit & Risk (bi-yearly).
● Visit 2 services per year.
● Play an active role in the work of the Board and Sub-Committees, including Strategic
Planning and ensuring good Governance.
● Get to know other Board members and help build a collegial working relationship that
contributes to consensus.
Constructively challenge the Simon Community Scotland team and fellow Board members,
contributing to debate and discussion that enhances the work.
● Trustees have the opportunity to support the work of the charity by participating in internal
and external events. Email response/exchange will also be an integral part of the role.
● Training will be provided where necessary and you will be reimbursed for reasonable
expenses incurred in connection with your role.
Visualise Scotland is looking for expressions of interest from people who have a passion for making a difference in people’s lives through the role of Chair of Trustees or as a Trustee with our voluntary Board.
Visualise Scotland is a charity which provides support to adults with multiple disabilities in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Starting as an action group in 1987, the original aim of organisation was to provide appropriate support for young adults after they left the Royal Blind School.
In the intervening years, we have expanded our services to adults with visual impairment and other disabilities. We offer residential services across Edinburgh, and from our hub in Musselburgh we offer opportunities for people to access community events. We are a relatively small organisation with a team of about 75 people. Our services are funded almost exclusively by local government.
Venture Trust is an amazing personal development charity supporting people, aged 16 years and over who need urgent help to break free of the many complex challenges that stop them from realising their potential. Our strengths lie in the relationships and bonds we forge. We never judge, are passionate about our positive approach to personal development and harness the truly transformational benefit of being outdoors, amongst nature, in our wonderful country.
Working in communities, in greenspaces and journeying through some of Scotland’s most wild places, we actively focus on an individual’s strengths, equipping them with essential life-skills, building confidence and motivation. We want no one left behind and everyone to succeed and to continue to do so throughout their lives. Over the next three years we aim to help 2,000 people. We need a Head of Fundraising to be part of an exciting journey that makes our vision a reality. We believe that with our partners we can beat the challenge of inequality in Scottish society.
The leadership role of Head of Fundraising is a key one for the organisation; you will lead a team of 8 and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team will report to the CEO. You will be responsible for building our strategic partnerships, enhancing our impact and working to deliver our ambitious fundraising strategy. We are looking for someone who works collaboratively, who is curious, insightful and cares about people and relationships, to develop opportunities which support us to do our best work.
To be considered for the role, you will have experience at a senior leadership level in business development, shaping and executing strategy, and senior relationship management. You will also have experience of leading and motivating a fundraising team and building and maintaining a network of funders and key contacts. Experience of dealing with policy and government would be advantageous. Fundraising and income generation across the public and private sectors is at the core of this role, and you will be responsible for maximising opportunities to secure and maintain all funding opportunities. We are looking for someone who shares our values and believes in the potential of people.
For more information on the organisation please visit: venturetrust.org.uk
Could you be our next Chief Officer?
This is an exciting time for The Church of Scotland. We are embarking on an ambitious programme of major reforms to our governing structures as part of a three-year Radical Action Plan. We are seeking to appoint someone to help us implement these changes wisely, courageously and compassionately.
Our Chief Officer, who will be responsible for the effective management of staff and resources, will play a key role in leading this change.
To find out more about the role and the skills we require, please see our application pack.
Legal Services Agency (LSA), Scotland’s largest Law Centre, will shortly celebrate its 30th anniversary. Through its solicitors and other staff, operating as Brown & Co. Legal LLP, LSA has a legacy of serving individuals, families and communities across Scotland, addressing unmet legal need and the effects of poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. LSA’s legal service has developed pioneering legal remedies through test cases and campaigns on issues such as dampness, housing repair and evictions, Criminal Injuries Compensation, mental health law and asylum and immigration law. LSA also delivers a wide range of seminars and training programmes and publications on legal themes.
About the role
LSA is looking for a Chief Executive to lead the organisation into its 4th decade, building on a record of achievement, and ensuring that the organisation succeeds in facing new challenges and opportunities.
The Chief Executive will have lead responsibility in the following areas:- governance, planning, Board development, business management and development, maintaining high quality service delivery, securing resources, financial and staff management, public relations and stakeholder relationships.
You will be a resilient individual who welcomes challenges, with drive, tenacity, focus, and a desire to succeed. Your leadership style will be inclusive, empowering, and supportive. You will be able to lead a team of staff, encouraging motivation, high performance and a commitment to excellence. You will support the Board of Trustees and the LLP in delivering on LSA’s business objectives, operating sound financial management, building the sustainability of the organisation and ensuring that it meets all its legal, regulatory and financial obligations.
Lung Ha Theatre Company seeks to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Directors
Multi award-winning Lung Ha Theatre Company, the leading theatre Company in Scotland for people with a learning disability, is looking to appoint a dynamic Chair to build on the Company’s success to date and help steer it towards its future goals. They will work alongside the rest of the Board and support the Lung Ha Theatre Company staff and members to continue to raise the profile of the organisation whilst ensuring that an effective business strategy and financial safeguards are in place for the Company. The Chair will be an Ambassador for the Company. The Chair volunteers their time to the charity and the role is unpaid.
Successful candidate will have:
• a proven interest in the sector in which Lung Ha Theatre Company works;
• previous board or committee experience;
• ability to network;
• ability to think strategically;
• excellent communication skills;
• knowledge of Scottish theatre (very welcome although not entirely essential).
The Chair will be expected to:
- Meet legal duties and responsibilities under the 2005 Act;
- Attend and chair Board meetings in the centre of Edinburgh, (approximately four times per year); and attend periodic planning / strategic and organisational development sessions;
- Liaise with Board members and staff in setting agendas for Board meetings;
- To lead in the provision of oversight in terms of the following:
o Organisational mission statement and overall strategy;
o Appointing and overseeing the performance of the Artistic Director and the Company Manager;
o Managing governance processes;
o Provide insight, wisdom and judgement;
o Monitor overall organisational performance and being accountable.
- Be an ambassador for the Company;
- Work with other Board members, the Company Manager and Artistic Director, to ensure an effective business strategy and financial safeguards are in place to support the Company;
- Attend meetings as required with Creative Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council, and Arts & Business Scotland along with other key partners, to include potential investors in the Company’s work;
- Work closely with LHTC staff members on an ongoing basis, providing advice and support as required;
- Attend the Company’s performances, events and activities.
- At all times to work to raise the profile of Lung Ha Theatre Company;
- To play an active role in the Company seeking out, and working with, new partners and potential investors;
In a small, but essential and life-changing organisation, the Board Chair has a vital and dynamic role in guiding, driving and supporting the company as it moves forward. The Chair has the opportunity to work with one of the leading creative organisations working with people with a learning disability in Scotland and such work is not only rewarding but also vital to the company’s ongoing success; and vital in ensuring its voice, and the voice of its performers continues to be heard.
CVS Inverclyde has a mission to support communities and voluntary organisations improve the lives of Inverclyde’s people. We support local people to volunteer, bring communities together, strengthen voluntary organisations and champion the role of civil society in public planning.
After nearly ten years our current Chief Executive is moving on to a new post. We are now looking for a new leader with the vision and skills to take the organisation forward. The organisation has enjoyed a significant period of growth in capacity and reputation.
The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal have a skills element called the Integrated Regional and Employability Skills. This post has been funded to lead the Integrated Employer Engagement theme but will also be required to link into the other City Region themes where relevant. The Edinburgh and South East Scotland is a change fund, to bring better regional alignment and facility change on how we work together and make better use of opportunities and economic growth. This approach is about getting existing employability and related services to work better collectively and bring about genuine, joined up and sustainable integration. It requires significant regional partnership working to be at the heart of all approaches.
Unity (formerly known as Unity Enterprise) was set up in 1989.
The focus of the organisation initially was employment opportunities for young people who might otherwise be excluded or face significant barriers to employment.
Over the years, Unity has grown and developed, delivering a variety of services in different communities, and some of these continue today. Examples include work and training for people with learning disabilities, advice and support for carers of all ages, housing support to people affected by homelessness and catering services operated as Social Enterprises that offer additional training and work experience. We are always innovating and developing new projects to ensure our social impact for individuals and communities.
In January 2016, Unity experienced a change in leadership for the first time since its inception. The Board have supported a number of changes which have helped us build on the quality of our services, think about the future and direction of Unity, and explore how we can continue to have a positive impact. We are committed to our key aims of Equality, Inclusion and Opportunity.
We continue to grow and develop, with a variety of projects and initiatives planned for the near future. We are now seeking Board Members who share our core values, have a passion for social enterprise and will uphold our commitment to equality, inclusion and opportunity for all.
The Unity Board of Directors provide governance to the organisation; ensuring our purpose remains clear and has benefit, ensuring our compliance at all level, supporting responsible financial management, ensuring the charity, and senior management team, are accountable.
When Unity was set up, the Board represented different Christian denominations, who supported the aims of the organisation. We have since built on our board membership, recognising the strength of wider representation. We hope to diversify our membership further, with respect to our guiding principles and with a key focus on welcoming those who share our core values.
The Unity Board shall have a minimum number of ten and a maximum number of twelve directors. Eight places are currently filled, with one members having indicated their intention to end their term after this coming year. The term is for a minimum of three years.
Board member responsibilities include attendance at a minimum of four out of the six scheduled meetings per year alongside active participation in electronic conversations where necessary. It may be reasonable to expect attendance at some additional meetings where this is meaningful and manageable, or providing representation at other relevant events.
Board positions require a time and energy commitment that should not be underestimated. Interested members are urged to consider personal priorities for the next year as well as the ways to contribute to the development of Unity. The Board currently meets six times per year, although this may be subject to change. Some members attend other meetings, for example as a member of the Finance Committee.
You should be able to commit to attending meetings and responding to communication as required.
We particularly welcome applicants who can demonstrate experience in one or more of the following areas;
· HR and/or employment law (this would be particularly advantageous)
· Marketing, Communications & Social Media
· Community development/citizenship
· Experience of having worked in the third sector, or specific experience of services delivered to carers, people with learning disabilities, people affected by homelessness and poverty or groups/individuals at risk of exclusion or discrimination
· Lived experience of using services
· Active in a faith community