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Top job! Scottish Council Executive Committee co-opted member

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland wide
  • Closing 9th May 2019

  • Advertised from 8th April 2019


Have you got the passion, experience and skills to help more people know and feel the benefits of enjoying Scotland on foot?

Ramblers Scotland is looking for enthusiastic and committed candidates for co-option to its volunteer Scottish Council Executive Committee (SCEC).

Ramblers Scotland is a membership organisation and charity with a grassroots network of 54 local groups, who run 3,500 group walks a year, organised and led by experienced volunteers.

As the representative body for walkers in Scotland and a governing body of sport, we work to champion walking, protect and promote access rights and develop our path networks. We are part of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity.

We are going through a rapid period of ambitious technological and cultural change, so it’s a particularly exciting time to join Ramblers Scotland. By becoming a co-opted SCEC member, you could help shape the future of our organisation – and walking in Scotland.

Person Specification:

Ramblers Scotland is looking for enthusiastic and committed members to join SCEC to help shape our strategic direction, oversee the business plan priorities, and support fundraising and our advocacy work.

We are particularly seeking Committee members who have a knowledge of or background in one of the following areas:

- Fundraising, corporate and trusts

- Public health policy within Scotland

- Strategic planning / organisational leadership

The Opportunity:

The members are a key part of the democratic framework for the Ramblers, and ensure that the volunteers, members, and staff work together.

The successful individual will gain expertise of supporting and advising a small but dynamic Executive Committee. As a committee member, they will help to shape the future of walker’s rights and environmental policy in Scotland. This is a great opportunity for someone with a passion for walking and presents great potential for the development of new/existing skills, meeting new people and new networks and making a genuine difference to walking in Scotland.

The Executive Committee is looking to co-opt up to three individuals for this role.

Time Commitment:

Meetings are held five times throughout the year, usually in February, May, August, and November, with an additional meeting at Scottish Council annually in March. These meetings are usually held in Edinburgh, Perth, or another Central Belt location. Attendance at all meetings is expected unless there is good reason, but there is an option to join via video conference if the travel makes the location unreachable.

Members are expected to prepare for meetings by reading the papers they are sent, attend meetings regularly, and participate in discussions and the decision-making process.


The post is non-remunerated although reasonable travel and meeting expenses will be reimbursed according to the Ramblers Scotland’s policies and procedures.


As a member of the SCEC you will be an ambassador for Ramblers Scotland and you will need to represent the organisation effectively to others.

Main Duties:

This role entails:

- Working with other SCEC members to provide leadership and strategic direction to the organisation

- Ensuring the Ramblers Scotland meets its charitable objectives as laid out in the constitution

- Ensuring that Ramblers Scotland is effectively run and meets its legal and regulatory requirements

- Taking a role on specialist sub-committees as required (for instance the access sub-committee)

Members are also expected to follow the Code of Conduct by upholding high standards of professional behaviour, showing respect for fellow members and staff, use objectivity and good judgement in decision-making, and maintain integrity and confidentiality in the performance of the role.

As a member, you will use your networks and connections to help promote Ramblers Scotland’s work and activities.

Terms and Conditions:

Co-opted members will be selected and confirmed by the current members of SCEC and the term will last until March 2020, though further co-option is possible. Ramblers Scotland members can stand for election each year in March at Scottish Council once they have been members for at least one year.

Application notes

Recruitment Process:

To apply, please fill out and return the attached application form by the closing date of 9 May 2019 to with the headline ‘SCEC Co-option Application’. Shortlisting and interviewing will follow.

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If you have any queries regarding this position and would like an informal chat, please contact the Ramblers Scotland governance and events administrator, Jessica Browning, at or by telephoning 0131 357 5850.

Please note:

This vacancy is not open to anyone who has been disqualified from holding a Directorship in a Limited Company.