Board Member

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland-wide
  • Closing 25th October 2021


  • Advertised from 30th September 2021
  • Voluntary (expenses covered)

Role

Firstport is Scotland’s agency for start-up social entrepreneurs. We are a small, ambitious group of companies with a Scotland-wide footprint providing high-quality, sustainable services to develop social business start-ups. We are looking for up to three new board members to broaden and strengthen the skills and experience of our existing board.

As a board member, you will oversee our governance and financial arrangements, ensuring that we operate in line with best practice and our charitable objectives. You will play an important role in our future direction and will provide support and motivation to the board and the Chief Executive.

We are particularly interested in applications from individuals who can demonstrate specialist knowledge, skills, and/or experience in one or more of the following fields:

• Early-stage investment and finance for scale

• Impact Assessment and/or Management

• Data Driven Innovation

• Setting up and/or running a social enterprise/social venture

• Climate Change/Net Zero

As accredited Investors in Diversity, we are committed to making our Board balanced and diverse, reflecting the people and communities we work with. We particularly encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds, abilities, ages, and geographies. It is important that the lived experience of social entrepreneurs is represented within our board, and we welcome applications from individuals who have led a social business.

Application notes

To find out more, visit the Firstport website firstport.org.uk/work-with-us for a full role description and details of how to apply.

Closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 25th October.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to email their CV and covering to elaine@firstport.org.uk on or before the deadline Monday 25th September, 9am. Please also complete our online Equal Opportunities monitoring

If you would like to find out more about the role, please email info@firstport.org.uk to request an informal, confidential conversation with Josiah Lockhart, Firstport Group’s Chief Executive.

Alternative arrangements and adjustments

If you need adjustments to our recruitment process (e.g., you may have transport or accessibility needs or require additional support for interview tasks), please contact Elaine Ogg on 0131 564 0331 or by email elaine@firstport.org.uk, who will be happy to help.

The selection process takes place in two stages:

Stage 1

A selection panel will assess applications received by the deadline date. Applications will be assessed against the person specification, skills and attributes described in the role description. The selection panel will shortlist the applicants who most closely meet the requirements of the post and will invite them for an interview. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by cop Wednesday 27th October 2021.

Stage 2

Interviews will take place w/c 1st November and will be conducted online. The Board expects to appoint up to three new board members at the Firstport AGM which will take place at the end of November.