• Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th December 2022

  • Advertised from 14th November 2022


Young Speakers Scotland is an educational 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 the medium of debate and public speaking; we offer speech and debate 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 ESU Scotland and is part of the wider international network of English Speaking Unions.

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.

We are seeking to appoint 2 new Trustees and ideally to enhance the diversity of our Board. Previous board experience is not essential. We particularly welcome applications from those with skills in the following areas:

● Finance

● Legal matters

● Fund-raising

We are also very open to receiving applications from young people aged between 18 and 25.

The Trustee roles are not remunerated. We meet as a Board approximately 6 times a year, usually in central Edinburgh; where possible we meet in-person but also conduct online and hybrid meetings to ensure we consider the needs of all participants.

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 If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please also contact either Wendy, or the Chair, Gurvinder Brar, on