greenspace scotland is recruiting for a Chair of the Board of Trustees to take on the role when our current Chair retires in April 2023 after completing his full term of office. We’re also looking to appoint up to four new Trustees.

Greenspace makes a big difference to our quality of life and sense of place. Parks and greenspaces are our natural health service, our children’s outdoor classrooms and our cities’ green lungs.

greenspace scotland has provided a national lead on greenspace since 2002. As Scotland’s parks and greenspace charity, we have been influential in shaping a supporting policy context for greenspace, promoting good practice on greenspace delivery, and pioneering new approaches to managing and resourcing parks and greenspaces.

Never before has our work been more important. The experiences of the last two years – both the pandemic and extreme weather events - have led many to re-evaluate the importance of greenspace and blue-green infrastructure in our lives and places.

About the role: Chair of greenspace scotland

As Chair you will be a champion for greenspace scotland, with a passion for what can be achieved through action on greenspace and blue-green infrastructure, coupled with influencing and advocacy skills to make wider connections. Working with the board and Chief Executive you will provide strategic leadership, demonstrating the skills and experience to lead the board effectively, ensuring the proper governance of the organisation and supporting our continued growth as a sustainable social enterprise.

The successful candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Strategic leadership and development skills – supporting the board and staff team to review and develop strategy and business plans
  • Networking, influencing and advocacy skills – making connections to develop and support greenspace scotland activities
  • Partnership skills – supporting and collaborating with the Board, Chief Executive and developing wider partnerships

This is a voluntary, non-executive position and trustees receive no remuneration. The time commitment for the role is approximately 10 days with flexibility to increase if necessary.

About the role: Trustee of greenspace scotland

Our Trustees play a key role in the governance and strategic leadership of our organisation.

You will be joining an experienced Board and we are looking for Trustees who will bring their own individual range of knowledge, skills and experience to contribute to the overall richness of the Board.

We want a diverse board of Trustees with a depth and breadth of insight experience and perspective. We welcome and value people of different backgrounds, thinking and skills. We recognise that the environment sector is under-represented by people from ethnic minority and low-income backgrounds, LGBT+ and disabled people, and we want to change that. We especially welcome candidates from these backgrounds and from young people.

We are interested in hearing from experienced or first-time Trustees who are committed to our work and can make a valuable contribution to our development.

If you share our passion for greenspaces and our goal of ensuring that everyone can enjoy easy access to quality greenspaces which meet their needs and improves their quality of life, then we would love to hear from you.

To find out more about the roles go to the Jobs page and download the Chair and/or Trustee Prospectus and application form.

The closing date is 9am on Tuesday 6 December.

We would really appreciate your help in sharing information about these opportunities with your colleagues and networks. Thank you