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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 6th April 2020

  • Advertised from 6th March 2020


The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland with the vision of a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is valued and able to flourish. It has donated more than £263 million to charitable causes in Scotland since 1961. It is currently finalising a new exciting strategy to address some of the most intractable social issues in Scotland which will see it adopt new ways of working and building new partnerships to deliver greater impact in Scotland.

The Robertson Trust remains the controlling shareholder of the global company Edrington Group Limited, one of Scotland’s largest private companies which owns the well-known whisky brands, The Macallan, Highland Park, The Famous Grouse, and the premium dark rum brand Brugal. The bulk of the Trust’ income is derived from its investment in Edrington Group Limited.


The summer of 2020 will see the launch of a new strategy for the Trust. After extensive review and stakeholder engagement, the Trust has sought to develop a strategy which will best fit the current challenges facing communities in Scotland. Its new mission is to work with others, using all of its assets and resources, to improve the wellbeing of people affected by poverty and trauma.

The Trust needs outstanding Trustees who will contribute to delivery of its new mission, through constructive challenge, support in specific areas of expertise and championing the Trust’s work far and wide. They are looking for diversity, fresh thinking and a hunger to make a difference. If you have these qualities, they would love you to join their cause.

Key Skills

Candidates should fit to one or more of the following categories.

1. Experience as a Chief Executive operating in an international business with strong connections to Scotland. This should be someone attuned to the challenges of running a complex, large-scale, devolved operation with the ability to bring commercial and financial rigour.

2. Skills and experience in investment management and in particular institutional investment; the ability to provide sound guidance on how the Robertson Trust can maximise its considerable and diverse assets to advance its mission.

3. A candidate with a background or key experience and understanding of poverty and/or trauma informed services. They will bring ideas and an understanding of new approaches to tackling poverty.

Robertson Trust are also seeking to appoint new members to the Audit Committee and Investment Committee. For the Audit Committee, candidates will be chartered accountants with an understanding of charity accounts but will also bring experience of working with organisations undergoing significant change and those that are used to working with organisations to help them manage risk as they change and adapt. For the Investment Committee, candidates should have institutional investment experience.

Application notes

To find out more about these opportunities please visit where you will be able to download a copy of the candidate brief.

Closing date for applications is 6th April 2020.

Candidates will be invited to interview with Odgers Berndtson during weeks commencing late April and early May.

Client interviews are intended for 2nd, 3rd and 9th June 2020.