Shetland Charitable Trust to recruit new trustee to complete board

Shetland Charitable Trust to recruit new trustee to complete board

Shetland Charitable Trust is recruiting a new Trustee to its board and contribute towards the Trust’s work of improving the quality of life for people in Shetland.

Since it was created in 1976, the Trust has disbursed over £300 million to a wide range of local charities, organisations and individuals.

This funding has a significant impact in the Isles.  In 2017/18 the Trust invested over £7.2m in supporting Shetland Recreational Trust, Shetland Arts Development Agency, Shetland Amenity and Residential Care for the elderly.  A wide range of smaller organisations are supported by the Trust including Royal Voluntary Service, Shetland Islands Citizens Advice Bureau, COPE Ltd, Voluntary Action Shetland, Shetland Befriending Scheme and a number of Senior Citizens Clubs.

Trust Chair Bobby Hunter said: “The Trust has been through a necessary period of prudent financial management and is now looking forward to 2020 and beyond. We are looking to recruit an enterprising, energetic and experienced individual who shares our passion for our community to complete the board and join us in taking this work forward.

“This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in shaping Shetland’s future, improving the quality of life, and helping to address inequalities. With this in mind, we are particularly keen to develop a diverse board and encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.”

Trustees are expected to attend four formal meetings a year and also serve on various advisory committees. They are not remunerated but they can claim travel and subsistence expenses.

Keith Massey, Chair of the Trust’s Audit and Governance Advisory Committee, said: “I have been a trustee for over five years and I can say the role has been one of the most interesting and satisfying areas of public service I’ve been involved in.

“Formal meetings are held in the evening to make the Trust more accessible, particularly to those who have work or other commitments during the day. I would therefore encourage anyone who feels they could be a trustee to put their name forward.”    

If you are passionate about Shetland and would like to know more about the role of a Trustee, please contact Dr Ann Black, Chief Executive, Shetland Charitable Trust, on 01595 744994 or email ann.black@shetlandcharitabletrust.co.uk.

You can download an application pack from the Trust’s website www.shetlandcharitabletrust.co.uk, telephone 01595 744994 or visit the office at 22-24 North Road, Lerwick, for further information.

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For further information, please contact Paul Riddell of Platform Shetland on 07739 750543, 01595 697296 or paul.riddell@platformshetland.co.uk

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