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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd July 2020

  • Advertised from 18th June 2020


Big Hearts Community Trust is inviting applications to join its board of trustees. There are two trustee positions to be filled, with ideally one being a qualified accountant.

Big Hearts welcomes applications from any candidate who can demonstrate such expertise and skills as:

  • Relevant professional qualifications, experience and expertise with board level or senior management experience.
  • Experience working with those affected by poverty, seeking refuge and asylum or with BME groups would be very desirable.
  • Senior-level experience working on developing and sustaining new income streams in the third sector.
  • Leadership – supportive, collaborative and expert at building strong productive relationships.

One of the roles requires to be filled by a qualified finance professional, ideally who has experience in being a Trustee of a Charity.

All trustees are expected to uphold and represent Big Hearts purpose, vision, values and mission in a personal and professional capacity.

While it is desirable that any incoming trustees will be a Hearts’ supporter, this is not essential. The board of trustees will consider any applicant who brings the right skills and experience forward.

Trustees are appointed for an initial term of 3 years and are expected to, at a minimum, attend:

  • Four trustee board meetings per year
  • An Annual Strategy Board awayday
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Annual 1:2:1 performance review with the Chair

It is expected that the Trustees will support and participate in some Big Hearts events throughout the year and provide ad-hoc support to the Big Hearts Team and Board as required.

The Non-Executive role is a non-paid position, but expenses are payable in line with the Big Hearts expenses policy.

All trustees must have or be prepared to gain an understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities inherent in the role. They must also be eligible to act as a Company Director and Charity Trustee.

Application notes

To find out more about the role and to apply, please download the documents below or visit our website.

Applications should be sent via email to

The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd July 2020, 5pm.

Applicants with the relevant skills and experience will be invited for an informal conversation with the Chair of the Board and Big Hearts General Manager in early July either face to face or over video conference.

A formal interview process will then take place for short-listed candidates with a sub-group of Trustees through July and early August.

The successful candidates will be appointed from 1st of September 2020 subject to approval at the Big Hearts Annual General Meeting which will be scheduled at around that time.