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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th February 2022

  • Advertised from 14th January 2022


Young Speakers Scotland (YSS): seeking 2-3 new Trustees

Young Speakers Scotland is a charity which works with young people throughout Scotland, to develop the skills and capacities that will help broaden their opportunities in life and enable them to realise their potential. We do this through debating and public speaking; we offer speech and debates workshops for pupils, competitions, and training for teachers, all supported by resources and training materials.

YSS is the operational arm of ESU Scotland, formed as a separate SCIO in 2020. It builds on the long traditions and experience of its parent organisation and through those is part of the wider family of English Speaking Unions across the world.

Through our outreach programmes, and especially our flagship programme, ‘Speak up Scotland’, we target schools and pupils in areas of high deprivation, who would not otherwise have access to this activity, providing a fun and supportive learning environment. The transferable long-term skills that pupils gain boost exam performance, day-to-day confidence and future employability.

This is an exciting time for YSS. Having navigated the demands of Covid-19 and moved our programmes online, we are now working on an ambitious new strategy, and looking for new Trustees to help us realise and develop our vision further.

We are seeking to appoint 2-3 new Trustees and ideally to enhance the diversity of our Board. We particularly welcome applications from young people under 25 and those with skills in the following areas:

● Finance

● Legal matters

● Digital and other means of communication and marketing

● Fund-raising

Previous Board experience is not essential.

The Trustee roles are not remunerated. Before Covid-19 struck, we met approximately 6 times a year in person, usually in central Edinburgh; since the beginning of the pandemic, we have met online and anticipate maintaining regular (probably minimum monthly) contact online as well as gathering together in person when circumstances permit.

Trustees are encouraged to attend YSS events and to become involved in aspects of the charity’s activity.

Application notes

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter, explaining what you would bring to this role, to the Deputy Chair of the Board, Wendy Bellars, on, by Friday 11th February 2022. If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please also contact either Wendy, or the Chair, Gurvinder Brar, on