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Board Members

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 29th November 2021

  • Advertised from 4th November 2021


Early Years Scotland (EYS) is the national leading organisation that invests in our youngest children prebirth to 5. We deliver and support high quality Early Learning and Childcare for children and families across Scotland and are committed to providing the very best start in life for each and every child in Scotland.

Our services aim to narrow the poverty-related attainment gap by strengthening and improving confidence, attachment, interactions, transitions, shared learning through play, and the quality of the home learning environment.

To help develop our strategic, business and fundraising plans, we are seeking to extend and diversify our Board. Therefore, we encourage applications from experienced and interested members of all communities to join our Board who share our vision, aims and objectives.

Through our commitment to improve representation in all that we do, we particularly welcome applications from all ages, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, non-British nationals, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), and intersex (LGBTQI+) and people with disabilities. EYS aims to support ethnically diverse families and help to build confidence in our practitioners in developing culturally responsive practices and ensuring that all families have a sense of belonging.

Our 2020 Board Skills’ Audit demonstrated we have a well-rounded Board with skills across a range of areas. Early

Years Scotland therefore welcomes all interested applicants, and we are particularly keen to welcome new Trustees who can share skills and experience in one or more areas, including:

  • Experience of anti-racist practice in early years and beyond
  • Those in a Practitioner role
  • Those who have direct experience of poverty related issues that affect children
  • Third Sector/voluntary sector experience
  • Perinatal and infant health
  • Digital marketing skills
  • Human Resources
  • Fundraising/Income Generation
  • Parents of early years aged children
  • Risk management

The EYS Board has a clear, agreed and effective approach to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation and in its own practice. This approach supports good governance and the delivery of the organisation’s charitable purposes.

The role of the EYS Board of Directors is:

  • To ensure the effective governance of the organisation
  • To set the framework within which the organisation will operate
  • To determine strategic policy and directions
  • To generally control and supervise the activities of the organisation.

Board Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the work of the organisation:
  • Provides vision and leadership
  • Is consistent with the aims and objects
  • Is compliant with Charity and Company Law
  • Is accountable to members, funders and the general public
  • Ensures adequate levels of resources
  • Employs staff
  • Oversees policy direction
  • Sets standards
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Maintains the organisation’s standing and reputation
  • Represents the organisation as appropriate
  • Ensures effective communication systems are in place
  • Oversees financial matters.

Board Commitment

The Board meet on average four times per year. The meetings are convened on a date, venue and time convenient to a majority of Directors. At present meetings have been held online, and this model may continue to be utilised for future meetings, as well as scheduled meetings in person. Directors may also be invited to serve on, or act as an office-bearer to, the charity’s subsidiary company’s Board of Directors, other standing committees or working groups.

Application notes

To find out more, please download the Recruitment Pack below.

If you are interested in applying to become a Board of Director with Early Years Scotland, please send a short covering letter and brief CV to Gail Squires, HR Co-ordinator, at

Please note the covering letter should briefly summarise what you feel you could bring to the role, and your relevant skills and experience in line with the current skills’ gaps detailed in the pack. This could focus on paid, voluntary or community-based work experience.

We look forward to hearing from you, and feel free to contact our Depute Chief Executive, Gillian Middleton, in this first instance, or if you have any questions about the role at and Gillian, or Jane Brumpton, CEO, would be happy to arrange to have a chat with you.

Closing date for applications: Midday on Monday 29 November 2021.