Join the SCVO Board of Trustees
SCVO is looking for three new trustees, elected from our membership, to join our Board. We invite nominations from our membership community so we can then hold a members’ vote to fill those vacancies at our annual general meeting (AGM) in December.
Our trustees play a key role in making sure that SCVO stays true to its mission and values, serving the interests of our members and the wider voluntary sector. Our trustees also make sure that SCVO’s governance is maintained to a high standard.
The SCVO Board is made up of up to 11 trustees. Six trustees are elected from our membership and five trustees, including our convener, are co-opted.
Being a trustee is both rewarding and challenging, as we operate in an ever-changing environment with precarious funding – just like most other voluntary organisations.
As a member of the SCVO Board you will:
We want a diverse Board of Trustees with a depth and breadth of insight, experience and perspective. We welcome and value people of different backgrounds, thinking and skills and we encourage SCVO members from all backgrounds to apply for these vacancies.
We want our Board of Trustees to be representative of the wonderfully diverse voluntary sector community and of Scottish society. With your input to the Board, we can think creatively and find fresh ways to help us better meet the needs of our members and the voluntary sector.
If you work for one of our member organisations, we’d love to hear from you.
SWAN is a dynamic, rapidly growing, unique and ground-breaking Charity. As an Autistic People’s Organisation (APO), we are run by and for autistic people, with autistic staff and volunteers and a majority of autistic people on our Board. We are the only Charity in Scotland focused on autistic women, girls, and non-binary people. *
SWAN is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are responsible for ensuring that the Charity is well-managed, in line with its vision, mission and values, and that it abides by its charitable objectives. Our Board of Trustees is made up of a range of individuals from across Scotland who bring wide perspectives from different sectors of life and ensure that the organisation maintains a clear focus on our strategic objectives and vision.
This year, 2022, is our 10th anniversary and a time of exciting change and growth at SWAN and we are seeking a new Treasurer and a new Secretary to join us on our Board in this next phase of our journey.
The Treasurer’s primary role is to assist and advise the Board in overseeing the finances, ensuring the organisation’s financial viability and that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. SWAN currently has an annual income of just over £150,000, predominantly from grant funding at this time. Day-to-day finances are managed by the CEO, who prepares the budget and income and expenditure reports and works closely with the Treasurer.
Treasurer tasks include:
• being a counter signatory to banking transactions
• liaising with payroll and pension providers
• presenting financial reports, raising issues and answering questions at Board meetings and the AGM
• liaising with the financial examiners for the annual review of accounts
• ensuring statutory returns are made to any relevant regulators
Appropriate financial skills are required, but training on Charity finances will be provided where necessary.
The Secretary’s primary role is to carry out practical administrative tasks on behalf of the Board.
Secretary tasks include:
• convening meetings – sharing dates, times, Zoom link, etc.
• dealing with all board correspondence
• coordinating minute-taking (SWAN Trustees currently share the role of taking minutes on a rolling rota)
• ensuring back-up information is circulated for meetings where the topics to be discussed require it
• ensuring records are up to date with relevant regulators
Board meetings are held via Zoom, currently once every 6 weeks, for around two hours. As we are a small Charity, we do expect Trustees to contribute beyond attending Board meetings, and we sometimes hold extra meetings for Board Development, Strategy Development, etc. The Treasurer would attend additional finance meetings
To maintain our majority autistic Board, in line with our values and our constitution, we prioritise autistic applicants. However, we also welcome non-autistic applicants with the right skills who are interested in supporting our work.
We warmly welcome Trustees from a range of cultures, backgrounds, age and experience. We are currently under-represented on the Board by non-speaking autistic people, as well as people of colour and trans and non-binary people. We strongly value the contribution that people with these characteristics will bring to our Board discussions.
About Scottish Older People’s Assembly [SOPA]
The Scottish Older People's Assembly is a small charitable organisation which exists to give a strong voice to older people about their experiences of life in Scotland, the challenges they face and concerns they have, and to celebrate the positive contribution that older people make to society.
Are you passionate about the rights of older people? The Scottish Older People’s Assembly is looking for Trustees to join its Board.
As a small charity, SOPA’s Trustees play a valuable role in supporting the organisation to ensure that the voices of older people are heard by those making decisions that affect them. We’re particularly keen to hear from those representing older people with skills and experience that can support SOPA’s work, including those with experience of charity finance, IT, legal, fundraising, marketing and social media and charity governance.
YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement is looking to appoint a new Chair and Trustees to join our Board.
The new Chair will lead our skilled and passionate Board of Trustees. We’ve had a significant period of growth over the last year, and we’re entering an exciting and ambitious time for the organisation as we finalise our next three-year strategy.
The new Trustees can be from anywhere in Scotland and will join our current Board of Trustees. In their own words, here’s a message from our current Board (Catherine W, Gabrielle, Catherine H, Molly, Pauline, Lizzie and Lauren):
I joined the board because I wanted a seat at the table where my contributions and opinions would be valued but also be taken on an actionable basis. The YWCA board has enabled me to experience conversations and topics I had not previously ventured into, that experience is invaluable. When I look at the board, I see a better reflection of the kind of sisterhood I want to see more in society and having that seat is a big responsibility but a privilege.
Do you share our belief that every young woman can shape their journey? Do you feel strongly that the voices of all women in Scotland are important? Do you want to help women, girls, non-binary, and gender fluid people feel valued, learn, grow, and fulfil their potential? If you share our passion, then we want to hear from you.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
Overview of Columba 1400
At Columba 1400 we help young people and the adults around them to be the change they want to see in the world. We want every young person to find the greatness that is inside them and since 2000 we’ve helped over 10,000 young people and adults transform their lives. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with young people and the adults around them helping them explore their core values and unlock their inner strength so they can make a difference to their community and transform their sense of identity, their confidence and their ambition. We do this through our Leadership Academies – transformational and inspirational experiences that unlock values, create the conditions for change and uncovers a strength that stands the test of time. With a deep understanding of their own core values, young people unlock an inner strength that can never be shut down – no matter what tough realities life throws at them.
Overall Purpose of Role
Columba 1400 is looking for two young people aged 16-30 to join our Board as Young Person Consultants to shape and drive the future of the organisation. Columba 1400 is embarking on a significant growth period across all areas of our work and these roles are essential to ensure that young people’s views are at the heart our governance. The roles will champion the voice of young people and challenge their fellow Trustees and Columba 1400’s Leadership Team to continue to focus on helping young people discover their true potential.
As a member of Columba 1400’s Board of Trustees the role will include participating in Board Meetings, Chair the soon to be created Participation Committee and, sit on another committee of choice, such as the Audit, Quality or Renumeration Committees. The term for these posts will be for three years after which new young people will be appointed.