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Director vacancies 2020

Mountaineering Scotland is a membership organisation with over 14,000 members including 163 clubs and is the only recognised representative organisation for hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers and ski-tourers who live in Scotland or who enjoy Scotland’s mountains, and acts to represent, support and promote Scottish mountaineering.  This is an exciting time to be involved in shaping the future of the organisation as we look to develop a new strategic plan to take the organisation forward from 2021.

Mountaineering Scotland has a small professional staff headed by a CEO which rely on the support and advice provided by volunteer directors. As a member of the board, directors help to shape the future of Scottish mountaineering and guide the strategic direction and policy development of the organisation. The board also provides a governance function assessing and managing strategic risk and monitoring budgets and the implementation of the operational plan. 

Three of our current directors are stepping down at the next annual general meeting (AGM) on 21st November 2020 and we are interested to hear from individual members or members of clubs who may be interested in learning more about these important voluntary roles. Joining the board of Mountaineering Scotland offers potential for the development of new and existing skills, meeting new people, developing new networks and making a genuine difference to mountaineering in Scotland.

Mountaineering Scotland is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff / voluntary directors and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Role descriptions

The Director for Finance /Treasurer is responsible for the strategic oversight of financial matters relating to the company, and for additional responsibilities relating to trusts associated with Mountaineering Scotland. This is a great opportunity for someone with appropriate experience in financial matters, combined with a passion for mountaineering or outdoor activities.

 The Role

  •  The Treasurer is a director of the company and specifically responsible for the strategic oversight of financial matters, and for additional responsibilities relating to certain trusts associated with the Mountaineering Scotland
  • The post holder will report to the Board on matters relating to the company’s financial planning and performance, including chairing the Finance Advisory Group, and reporting on financial matters to the membership at the AGM.
  • In addition, together with fellow directors, s/he will provide input to the strategic and annual plans, budgets and the annual report.
  • In respect of trusts, s/he will be responsible to fellow trustees for attendance at meetings and associated correspondence; and for the execution of their duties as required by the relevant trust deeds.

Working within the context of Mountaineering Scotland’s vision ‘Respecting Scotland’s Mountains’ and associated policies, the Director for Landscape & Planning leads on our work to safeguard Scotland’s mountains from adverse development and promoting a positive vision of a high quality future for mountain areas. The work includes monitoring and responding to policy developments, and responding to planning proposals in accordance with criteria approved by the Board.

This is a great opportunity for someone who may have some experience of the planning process and/ or is interested in the value of Scotland's mountain landscapes, combined with a personal passion for mountaineering or outdoor activities.

The Role

  • Working with our staff and other volunteers, the Director for Landscape & Planning will lead on our work to safeguard Scotland’s mountains from adverse development and promoting a positive vision of a high quality future for mountain areas.
  • To lead the review of our policy framework “Respecting Scotlands Mountains”
  • The Director will report to the Board on relevant matters, including the visual impact of planning proposals, significant individual applications, policy developments affecting National Parks and other mountain areas, planning guidance consultations, Scottish Planning Policy and Local Development Plans.

Working within the context of the organisations Articles of Association and closely with the Chairperson and CEO the Director for Governance, HR and Equalities will provide advice and support to the board on the governance of the organisation. The work includes supporting the review and updating of relevant policies and procedures, providing support and advice on staffing issues and championing diversity and inclusion to help broaden our existing membership.

This is a great opportunity for someone with appropriate experience in equalities, legal and / or the management of human resources, combined with a passion for mountaineering or outdoor activities.

The Role

  • To ensure an effective reporting structure and compliance with all legal obligations (Child Protection, Human Resources, Equality, others)
  • To support the CEO in all aspects of Human Resources including the development of internal policies and procedures, grievance and disciplinary issues, and recruitment especially shortlisting and interviewing.
  • To support the CEO at meetings with external agencies, and to support the team in obtaining and securing the relevant level of accreditation through the Equality Standard for Sport

The role descriptions should be read in conjunction with the directors’ competencies and person specification. We ask candidates who wish to put their name forward to provide a brief summary of their experience in an organisational context and their interests in mountaineering / outdoor / sporting activities, together with a personal statement as to how they feel they would contribute to the work of Mountaineering Scotland and the associated trusts.


The board will be undertaking a selection process to identify a preferred candidate for nomination at the AGM on 21st November 2020 and is inviting expressions of interest which should be submitted by close of business on Monday 21st of September 2020.

Members who wish to stand for election independently must nominate themselves in accordance with the Articles of Association by Sat the 12th of September.

 

If you are interested in any of the opportunities detailed, please contact Stuart Younie, CEO and Company Secretary, on 07738200039 or by email at stuart@mountaineering.scot for an informal discussion.