Become a Trustee

Become a Trustee

Are you ready for the next step in your volunteering journey? Or perhaps you already have experience of being a trustee and you are looking for a new challenge? 

Charities provide services and activities that make a huge positive difference in all areas of our society. Achieving this requires the hard work, dedication and commitment of thousands of charity trustees who give their time and energy to Scotland’s charities.…..but who are charity trustees?

They are sometimes called a committee, a board, panel Directors or something less formal. The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 states that charity trustees have legal duties and responsibilities.

Charity trustees are the people who control and manage a charity. They are responsible for complying with the law.

There is no minimum age for charity trustees stated in the 2005 Act; however, it is expected that charity trustees are over the age of 16. If any charity trustees are under the age of 16, it would be best to get professional advice to determine if this is suitable, and if there are any legal implications.

All charity trustees have legal duties and responsibilities under the 2005 Act. A duty is something that you must do, and all the duties must be met. These duties are separated out into general duties that set out a broad framework that all charity trustees must work within, and specific duties detailed in the 2005 Act.

For more information about these duties, guidance is available on the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) website.  

>You can access the guidance here

SVE provide regular workshops covering Trustees Duties and Responsibilities as well as other training specific to Governance. Contact to find out more.


Current Trustee Vacancies

FABB Scotland seeking Trustees

Facilitating Access Breaking Barriers (FABB) Scotland is seeking new trustees who are dynamic individuals with the capacity to contribute and, willing to share their knowledge and expertise.  The board of trustees currently draws on a broad spectrum of experience that includes Youth and Community Development Work, HR, Operational Management, Risk Management, Strategy, Governance, Finance and Fundraising.


FABB is on a mission to disable the label and discover the difference by working in partnership with mainstream organisations, outdoor learning providers, local authorities, NHS Health Boards and, third sector staff and volunteers to improve the lives of people with disabilities and build stronger community engagement and, more accessible services across Scotland.

FABB own a 32-bed hostel and secluded flat at Callander that provides residential activity breaks to disadvantaged groups to gain confidence and self-worth, changing lives in varied and positive ways.

FABB’s Mission Statement

“To empower disabled people to actively engage in the social, leisure, educational and vocational activities of their choice”.

What is involved?

As a trustee, you will be instrumental in planning the strategic future of the charity.   You will be responsible for ensuring that FABB is accountable to its beneficiaries, to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and the public in general.

Prospective trustees will be expected to play a role in the operation of the charity by contributing to training, attending events and speaking to the media, depending on the trustee’s particular skills and interests.  The board usually meets 5 - 6 times per year.  We expect trustees to participate in the majority of meetings either in person or via video conferencing.

Potential trustees must be eligible to become charity trustees and live or work in the Forth Valley Health Board area.

What we are looking for.

We are looking for people form a range of backgrounds, with different experience and skills, who can give commitment and time to help us develop our strategy and financial stability. If you are passionate about making a difference, and have a working knowledge or experience in the following areas, we would like to hear from you:

  • Quality Assurance – knowledge of quality monitoring and evaluation systems and policy development and implementation.
  • Legal – qualification or experience dealing with legal matters.
  • Social Enterprise – experience of setting up or working within a social enterprise and understanding legal structures.
  • Media & Marketing – experience working within the field of marketing, or with the media to influence and raise awareness.
  • Local Authority or Statutory Commissioning
  • Community Empowerment – knowledge of community asset transfer, participatory budgeting, participation requests, community planning.

In return, you will be offered an induction to FABB with opportunities to be part of a forward thinking and committed team in keeping with the strategic objectives of FABB as set out below:

  • To empower disabled people to actively engage in the social, leisure and educational activities of their choice.
  • To encourage the inclusion of disabled people residing in the area of Scotland through the provision of specific programmes and projects or facilitating access to mainstream leisure provision.
  • To increase awareness of barriers to disabled people’s participation through the provision of activity specific training and the inclusion of disability awareness in existing training programmes.
  • To further the inclusion of disabled people into society and to promote the work of organisations which provide membership on an equal basis for disabled and non-disabled people.

>If you are interested in becoming a trustee with FABB, you may find it helpful in the first instance to speak to Fiona Hird, Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary.   Email: or telephone 01877 331 200 who will provide you with an overall picture of the role of trustee and how you can support the growth and development of FABB’s services.   

If you wish to proceed with an application to become a trustee as part of FABB’s Board of Directors, you will be sent an application pack with more detailed information.  This will include a volunteer trustee application form which needs to be completed and returned to FABB by Friday 24th November 2020.

Trustees wanted for the Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland

The Society was founded in 1847 and provides financial assistance to single women over the age of 50, living in Scotland and experiencing financial hardship. Last year they disbursed £1.3 million to 1023 beneficiaries.

They are looking for new Trustees to join the General Committee to serve for an initial 3 to 4-year term with the opportunity for reappointment. The Committee meets 4 times a year, alternating between Edinburgh and Glasgow but with the ability to attend remotely.

Trustees are not remunerated but expenses are reimbursed.

They would welcome applications from individuals with expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Welfare delivery and / or grant making to individuals
  • Knowledge of welfare policy and /or the effects of poverty
  • Accountancy
  • Background in general legal practice.

They are also interested to hear from individuals with other relevant skills who would be interested in contributing to the work of the Society.

The Society would particularly welcome applications from those based in the West or North of Scotland and they are committed to being an equal opportunities organisation.

Application notes
The closing date is 24th August and they hope to interview on 7th September but are always interested on hearing from interested candidates at any time.

>For further information, including how to apply, please click here or visit or contact the Chief Executive via

Paws for Progress CIC recruiting Board Members

Paws for Progress CIC (Community Interest Company) are looking for experienced professionals to join their Board of Directors. They are looking for motivated individuals who share their values and are enthusiastic about the potential of human-animal interactions to positively change lives.

Established in 2014 Paws for Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals. They do this by developing and delivering educational programmes and tailored animal assisted interventions to groups in society most needing support. Their work can broadly be divided into services working within Scottish prisons to improve outcomes for people in custody, and services aimed at enhancing outcomes for children and young people in community and educational settings. Their rescue dog training programme at HMP & YOI Polmont has been running successfully since 2011 and continues to expand to benefit the students and dogs participating.

“The dogs – they change the way you think and the way you act. They trust you, it’s that mutual bond. You think you’re helping them, but they’re helping you too”. Student, Paws for Progress.

Their prison based services provide valuable training, education and support to young people and adults in custody, who in turn provide training for our team of Ambassadogs, essential life skills for rescue dogs to help increase their chances of successful adoption, and advanced training for assistance dogs prior to their placement with families in the community.

Paws for Progress CIC is a small organisation, led by a Board with a range of backgrounds, and with an annual income over £180k and 4 full time members of staff.

They would like to recruit several new Board members with relevant expertise in one or more of the following areas

  • Human resources Legal
  • Finance
  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth Work
  • Policy Fundraising
  • Third Sector
  • Education

Paws for Progress CIC are in a period of transition as they develop the business and therefore are seeking individuals who can support the organisation through the process of change. Board members are expected to attend approximately 6 Board meetings a year in Stirling, and other and occasional events, and to be able to commit to approximately 4 hours a month towards Board activities. All Board roles are voluntary but out of pocket expenses to attend Board meetings and related events will be reimbursed. A full role description is here.

More information on the organisation and service can be found here.

> To apply please submit an up to date CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the role and highlighting relevant expertise to Ashley Ryan - Chair of the Board of Directors

Closing Date – Midnight 2nd August 2020

Finance Trustee with The Scottish Crannog Centre

The Scottish Crannog Trust is owned and operated by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology, which is a registered charity. STUA was formed to promote the research, recording and preservation of Scotland's underwater heritage. It aims to continue its research into the rich and exciting history which still awaits discovery in Scotland's lochs.

Loch Tay is the site of pioneering archaeological investigations into the Early Iron Age (800-400BC) when as many as 17 crannogs were believed to exist around the loch. Archaeologists from the Trust have been diving to explore these since 1980. The Crannog Centre's recreated loch-dwelling at Kenmore was built as an experiment, based on excavation results from the 2,500-year-old Oakbank Crannog located off the village of Fearnan on the north shore of Loch Tay. The Centre brings the archaeological evidence to life. The Centre is an MGS accredited museum that houses a unique collection of artefacts retrieved from the loch bed. The visitor experience, delivered by a diverse, skilled, values-driven team, is seen to be sector leading.

STUA is about to embark on a new and exciting phase to achieve an ambition of more than 15 years in the making.. A recent agreement for a community asset transfer of 4 hectares of land at Dalerb, situated on the opposite shore of Loch Tay, means a new state of the art multi-million-pound museum will be built to make a world-class heritage site. The legal agreement is expected to finalised by September.

The plans are extensive and will transform the offering. The museum will attract an estimated 50,000 visitors per year and create 50 jobs.

At one end of the Tay stands the V&A Museum, while at the other end of Scotland’s most powerful river will be Scotland’s most sustainable museum, with the same ambition and potential of the V&A but, STUA believes, with a very special sense of place and belonging.

Your role will be to support the growth and development of the charity, not least in its financial systems and processes, the Board is looking for an additional Trustee with a senior-level finance background. Ideally, you would be a chartered accountant with experience in contract negotiations. Your previous professional experience can be in the private, public or third sector.

The Board meets six times a year in Aberfeldy, usually on a Monday evening, although this can be changed if necessary to attract the right candidate. You will be required to attend a majority if not all the Board meetings, although additional time will be required initially in helping the Chair, Director and two p/t financial staff devise new financial systems appropriate to a £6m development. You may also be involved in national-level negotiations with major funding organisations. Due to the time commitment required, this may be more suitable to someone who is semi or fully retired.

If you feel you have the skills required for this role and embrace the ambition and vision of this project, then please contact our recruitment team today for further information.

>Please email us at or call us on 01786 542 224 to register your interest in this role.

You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Sunday 9th August

Interview Dates: w/b 17th August 2020

Volunteer Chair of COSCA

From September 2020 and initially for three years.

Due to retirement, COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) needs a new Chair to provide strategic direction and governance.

As Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy, COSCA aims to advance and support all forms of counselling, psychotherapy, and the use of counselling skills, build confidence in counselling and psychotherapy and protect the public in its use of services.

The Chair should be a facilitator, a diplomat, a communicator, a coach, a leader and a listener.

The Chair will:

  • attend and chair Board meetings (4 per annum)
  • provide leadership and guide the members of the Board to set overall policy and targets and monitor outcomes
  • have an understanding of the voluntary sector, governance of a charity, charity law and the funding of charities
  • have a commitment to the advancement of counselling and psychotherapy and enthusiasm for COSCA’s work
  • need to be a strategic thinker, be able to communicate well and work collaboratively with colleagues
  • be willing to devote time and effort to the organisation
  • represent COSCA where appropriate

Board meetings are held quarterly in Stirling.

> To apply for this opportunity please send a letters of application to Brian Magee, Chief Executive, COSCA, 16 Melville Terrace, Stirling FK8 2NE or sent to:

For more information and the post profile, please contact Brian Magee, Chief Executive, on 01786 475 140 or by email:

Forth Valley Sensory Centre Seeks Chair

Chair Person Specification and Role Description

Forth Valley Sensory Centre (FVSC) provides a wide range of high quality services for children, adults and older people living with either a hearing or sight impairment.

FVSC is looking to appoint a Director to take on the role of Chair. The Trustee will join the organisation at an exciting and challenging time with the opportunity to help transform services and extend our reach.

The ideal criteria for the voluntary post of Chair are:

  • An interest and empathy with the needs of people living with a sensory impairment
  • Leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to become and ambassador and to raise the profile of the centre as well as contributing at a strategic level
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • Experience and understanding of fundraising campaigns, bid applications, procurement, strategic planning and contract management
  • Experience of private/public/third party partnership working
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • IT and administration skills

The Role of the Chair

  • The Chair provides leadership to the Board helps to safeguard the good name and values of FVSC.
  • The Chair ensures that the organisation complies with it’s governing documents.
  • The Chair is required to plan and conduct meetings effectively and to ensure all Directors get involved in the work of the Board.
  • It is the responsibility of the Chair to ensure the Board focusses on its key tasks and regularly assesses and reviews it’s performance.
  • The Chair contributes towards firm strategic organisational direction.
  • The Chair oversees the induction and development of Directors and takes responsibility for the Board’s composition and development.
  • The Chair leads the appraisal process for the Centre Manager and ensures that the Board provides support for the Centre Manager.

Additional duties of the Chair

  • Giving direction to board policy-making
  • Monitoring that decisions taken at meetings are implemented
  • Representing the organisation at functions, meetings
  • Acting as a spokesperson as appropriate
  • Bringing impartiality and objectivity to decision-making
  • Facilitating change and addressing conflict within the board and within the organisation, liaising with the Centre Manager to achieve this.

>If you are interested in applying for either of these voluntary roles please provide a brief CV and statement of no more than 300 words explaining why you are interested in the role and how your experience matches the role specification to Closing date for applications 28 September 2018. Interviews will take place during the second week in October. If you require any additional information please speak to Jacquie Winning 01324 590888

Treasurer needed for Stirling and Trossachs Scout Council

The Stirling and Trossachs Scout Council is a charity and manages district scout groups. The council supports scouting activities for young people in the Stirling and outlying areas. The role is to manage the Scout Council's simple cash book/ excel accounting records. There is a general email/ telephone support for the groups and a simple over-seeing role of their Annual Accounts which are already produced and independently examined.

They are looking for a commitment of one hour a week plus four 2- hourly meetings a year.

> Contact Stan Sanderson by email at or phone him on 01786 465168.

Raploch Community Partnership seeks Treasurer

Are you passionate about your area? Do you have experience in your community? If so Raploch Community Partnership want to hear from you! Develop new skills and enhance your CV. Comprehensive induction and full training given. 

> Contact by email at or phone 01786 272358 for an information pack.

Home-Start Stirling are looking for trustees!

Home-Start helps parents and children in the community. We need people with all kinds of life experiences- even better if you know about 'IT', human resources, business management or fundraising. Expenses and training provided. Trustees are responsible for the scheme's vision, for leading the strategic direction, for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the performance and quality of the scheme and for ensuring that it operates within the Home-Start Agreement. Being a Trustee can be hard work but it is rewarding, giving opportunities for personal development and the chance to give something back to your local community.

> Contact Rachel Keenan on or phone 01786 476782

Balfron Community Futures Development Trust Board members needed

Balfron Community Futures Development Trust (BCFDT) are looking for new board members to help them deliver new projects and realise their ambitions. They are committed to making a positive and lasting impact on the local community. If you are interest in helping them achieve their goal please use the contact details below.

> Contact Ann Johnston via Facebook

Stirling Citizens Advice Bureau Trustees required

Stirling Citizens Advice Bureau Help tackle poverty, inequality and injustice and their board of trustees help shape strategy and give direction to management. If you are interested in joining the Board of the best known advice service in Stirlingshire please use the contact details below. 

> Contact Craig Anderson on 01786 464773 or by email

Forth Valley Disability Sport Trustees needed

Forth Valley Disability Sport (FVDS) are looking for a motivated volunteer to help support the management committee in keeping annual accounts and managing budgets to help FVDS carry out their vital work.

> Contact them on 01786 466486 or by email

Council on Disability Committee members required

Council on Disability Volunteer committee members are wanted to join a committee managing a group of volunteers for a totally voluntary organisation that promotes and supports those with disability in the Stirling and Forth Valley area. Six meetings each year plus an AGM. A volunteer would be required to take part in projects e.g. fundraising/liaising with other organisations/managing volunteers. 

> Contact Dianne Jackson on 01786 462178 or by email

Relationship Scotland Trustees needed

Relationship Scotland- Couple Couselling Central Our volunteer team deliver the service to our local community. We need volunteer Board Members to take responsibility for making decisions to develop and sustain our charity. Ms May Chamberlain Address: 9 Callendar Rd, Falkirk FK1 1XS

> Contact them on 01324 670067 or by email

Town Break Trustees Required

To support Town Break’s continued success, we are looking for up to six new volunteer Trustees to join our active team of board members. As we provide support to people with dementia and their carers we are looking for volunteers who have a passion for supporting those with dementia and who believe they could make a strong contribution to the charity.

Town Break is committed to recruiting a diverse range of Trustees and we would be delighted to hear from people with skills and experience in human resources, marketing, and evaluation & research. We would also particularly welcome applications from volunteers from an accounting background who could assist our current Treasurer.

The Trustee positions are open to adults of all ages however we would like to encourage young people considering a career in management to see this as an opportunity to gain experience of working at senior level.  We would also like to attract a carer to join the Board.

Should you wish to speak with someone to discuss the role of Trustee further please contact Gail Barton, Development Manager at by Friday 12th January 2018 at 5pm. If you would like to apply, please e-mail Gail or call her on 01786 476797.

Please note there is a three-month induction period for each new Trustee recruited, providing both the volunteer and the charity an opportunity to get to know each other.

Visit our website for more information about the organisation.

Charity Treasurer at Stirling Carers Centre

Stirling Carers Centre provides support to unpaid carers (both children and adults) throughout the Stirling Council area. Due to retirement we are seeking a Treasurer to join the Board of Directors.

The organisation is partially funded by the public sector, but the largest proportion of funds is from charitable trusts. In this challenging economic climate prudent financial management is essential to ensure the organisation meets its strategic priorities. Registered as a charity and set up as a company limited by guarantee in 1996 it has grown significantly in the ensuing years turning over in excess of £500,000 per annum. The company currently employs a Finance Officer who carries out the day to day financial operations of the company and prepares monthly management accounts for presentation to the Board.

The Treasurer would be required to:
• Oversee the preparation of budgets
• Oversee the preparation of management accounts and final accounts for presentation to the auditors
• Present the accounts to the Board of Directors
• Provide support, where necessary, to the Finance Officer and Centre Manager
• Attend monthly Board meetings
• Contribute to the governance of the organisation

What are we looking for?
• Professional qualification in accountancy or finance
• Ability to communicate effectively and explain financial information to Board members
• An ability to work effectively as a member of the team
• Analytical and evaluation skills, demonstrating good judgement
• Experience of working with Sage 50 (desirable)

As a Carers Centre we operate in a highly complex environment across health and social care specialisms and structures. Keeping up to date with ever changing local, regional and national issues, especially around policy and funding, is vital both to ensure sustainability and to enable us to provide high quality information, advice and support to unpaid carers. 

The Board of Directors have set overarching corporate targets and identified annual strategic priorities with intended outcomes to be achieved for carers over the next three years.
The implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act in April 2018 makes the work of the Centre even more critical to ensure unpaid carers receive the support that is enshrined in the Act.
Application notes

The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced disclosure check.

For an informal chat about this opportunity please phone 01786 447003 or email We look forward to hearing from you.


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