Become a MECOPP Board member!

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Hybrid /Edinburgh.
  • Closing 24th February 2023

  • Advertised from 18th January 2023


Are you passionate about the care and support services provided to carers within the most marginalised communities in Scotland?

Do you have a few spare hours per month?

Then become a board member at MECOPP.


MECOPP is Scotland’s leading Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) carers’ organisation providing a variety of care and support services to carers from BME and other marginalised communities with one or more protected characteristic across Scotland. Established in 2000, MECOPP has a long and successful track record of working with some of Scotland’s most marginalised communities. Based in Edinburgh, our current portfolio includes our successful Gypsy/Traveller carers’ project, the BME carers support services, self-directed support project and health inequalities project.


MECOPP is a growing organisation and we are seeking to appoint four new board members to ensure we have the capacity and skills to oversee the next phase of our strategy.

Board members are expected to attend four to six board meetings per year, but also to participate in the life of the organisation between board meetings, advising the staff team and acting in an ambassadorial role for MECOPP. The role of trustee offers a varied and challenging opportunity for people who want to shape the future of MECOPP. As a member of the board, you will be asked to make your ideas and influence count at meetings. You will be expected to be an advocate for MECOPP and as a new board member, you will be supported in the role through induction and training.

We are looking to enhance our existing board with volunteers from all walks of life, and would value candidates, who would bring a range of skills and experience to MECOPP, from the attributes listed below and contribute to the governance of the organisation.

  • Understanding of equality and diversity issues
  • Commitment to raising the profile of unpaid carers with one or more protected characteristics.
  • Understanding the challenges that affect marginalised groups and those with protected characteristics and/or experience of support and working within these groups
  • Passion for social justice

Candidates with skillsets in the following areas would be particularly welcome, but this is not essential:

  • Strategic planning skills
  • Risk management skills
  • Project Management.
  • Ability to understand and interrogate financial reports.

Although Board member roles are unpaid, we will reimburse for all reasonable out of pocket expenses.

Application notes

Please send your curriculum vitae and a short personal statement. In your statement, please tell us why you are interested in joining our Board and what skills and experience you bring to the board.

Please send the above documents to

The closing date for notes of interest is 24th of February 2023.

To arrange an informal chat please email our CEO, Margaret Chiwanza at

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee of MECOPP.

We look forward to hearing from you!