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Seeking a new President and two new Directors

Mountaineering Scotland is seeking three volunteers to take up the roles of President, Director for Mountain Safety, and Director for ClimbScotland.

In recruiting to these positions, we are looking for individuals with the enthusiasm, experience and personal qualities that will help provide strategic direction and encourage innovation, enabling us to learn from within and from outside the organisation. 

Nominations for the filling of vacancies on the Board at the AGM shall be competent only if made in writing by a voting member to the Company Secretary at least 70 days before the AGM or if endorsed by the outgoing Board.

In accordance with the Articles of Association nominations for election to these positions require to be submitted in writing by Friday the 13th of September in advance of our AGM which will be held on the 23rd of November. See below, under 'How to apply' for further details on expressions of interest and nominations.

We are looking for someone with strong leadership qualities and the ability to provide strategic direction to  the board of Mountaineering Scotland over the next 4 years. This is a key role in the organisation working closely with the CEO. The ideal candidate will have experience of working at board level, a good understanding of governance arrangements and a strong commitment to  working with Directors and partner organisations to make a positive contribution to the mountaineering community in Scotland.

Mountaineering Scotland has built a reputation as the one of the lead national organisations in promoting mountain safety and our popular training programme delivers important training to help people to be self-reliant in the Scottish hills. This is a diverse and exciting role working closely with the Senior Mountain Safety Advisor and as chair  of the Mountain Safety Group with a wide range of partners who are involved in promoting mountain safety in Scotland. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who is skilled in partnership working and, although not essential, has some background in mountain training, mountain rescue or other safety management experience.

With the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 this is a unique opportunity for an individual who has an interest in indoor and competition climbing to help direct the climbscotland team into the next 4-year strategic planning cycle. We are looking for a dynamic and innovative thinker who can support the team and understands the complexities of partnership working to develop sport. Although not essential the ideal candidate will also have an appreciation of all forms of climbing indoors and outdoors as well as a commitment to help the development of technical pathways within the sport including participants, coaches and route setters.

We are keen to hear from you if you have a passion for mountaineering or outdoor activities – or – if you have relevant experience and personal skills which meet the stated criteria and are keen to contribute.

These roles offer  fantastic opportunities to make a real difference to Scottish mountaineering as part of a welcoming team in a growing and vibrant sport with a strong social and cultural heritage.

We offer successful candidates the chance to develop new and existing skills, gain experience supporting and advising Board colleagues drawn from a range of professional and technical backgrounds, to help implement our Strategic Plan and guide future strategic and policy development. You will be able to participate in a range of training courses which could complement or refresh your present skill set.

Time commitment

Directors are expected to attend Board meetings, which are held four times a year in Perth, and a general meeting held annually in November. In addition, half a day will be required for induction and sufficient time on an ongoing basis for papers and communication with fellow directors and staff. A reasonable estimate is the equivalent of two or possibly three working days per month, depending on upon the time you have to give.


Board roles are not remunerated. Travel and appropriate expenses will be reimbursed according to prevailing policy. Personal mileage is currently paid at the rate of 35p per mile.

Accountability to the Board    

  • Attendance at Board meetings   
  • Ensuring the effective governance of the company and compliance with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 and the Articles of Association   
  • The strategic oversight of the assigned area of activity

Terms and Conditions

  • The Board welcome expressions of interest from individuals who are not yet members of Mountaineering Scotland
  • At the time of co-option or election directors must be an individual member or a paid-up member of a club which has registered their membership
  • The Board may co-opt directors prior to election, however directors must stand for election at the next available Annual General Meeting (AGM), and at the AGM during their term of office thereafter;
  • The initial term of office is a maximum of 4 years unless standing for election as President
  • Directors are expected to meet the requirements of the Equality Policy and Volunteering Code of Practice
  • Directors intending to stand for election will be asked to declare any material interest that they have in mountaineering or other business interests relevant to Mountaineering Scotland prior to their election.
  • This opportunity is not open to anyone who has been disqualified from holding a directorship in a limited company.

Please contact Stuart Younie, Company Secretary / CEO in the first instance for an informal discussion:

If you are interested in any of the three roles please provide a resumé of relevant experience and achievements, details of any interests in mountaineering / outdoor / sporting activities, together with a personal statement as to how you feel you would be able to contribute to our work. We will also ask you to complete an equality monitoring form at this stage. This information will be shared with members of the Board.

Nominations for the filling of vacancies on the Board at the AGM shall be competent only if made in writing by a voting member to the Company Secretary at least 70 days before the AGM or if endorsed by the outgoing Board.

Expressions of interest for the two Directorships should be made by Friday, 2nd August. These will be reviewed by the Board and candidates may be invited to meet with directors and the CEO in the week beginning 15th August. The directors will then make a decision on preferred candidates on 22nd August.

In accordance with the Articles, nominations will still be accepted until 13th September for any candidate who wishes to put themselves forward and has the support of a member of Mountaineering Scotland.

Nominations for election to the position of President should be made by Friday 13th September. However expressions of interest are invited by 2nd of August should candidates wish to meet with the directors and CEO during the week beginning 15th August. Beyond that date any enquiries may be directed to the CEO.

Formal nominations should be sent to Stuart Younie, CEO and Company Secretary, by 5pm on Friday 13th September 2019.

By email to stuart@mountaineering.scot

Or by post to:

Stuart Younie,
CEO & Company Secretary,
Mountaineering Scotland,
The Granary,
West Mill Street,
PH1 5QP.

Mountaineering Scotland is committed to being an employer that recognises and encourages equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion and respect in the workforce, with employment conditions and practices that ensure all staff and volunteers are treated equitably. Our recruitment process will be fair, transparent, structured and consistently applied. Women are currently under-represented within our membership and we aim to change this and increase the proportion of women in both our membership and in leadership roles. Selection of candidates for election will be based solely on their suitability for the role, by reference to the criteria stated below.