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Borders College – Board Members

Borders College has one of the best records of learner success in Scotland and makes an essential contribution to the education and training of the Borders workforce. We are seeking new members to join our Regional Board to help ensure that we continue that success. We are looking for individuals who share our commitment to providing the best possible learning experience to the people of the Borders and who can represent the interests of the Borders economy and communities. We would welcome applications from those with experience of the key sectors in the Borders economy as well as the broader needs of the education, public, private and third sectors in the region and individuals with knowledge of business operations. In addition, the Board is especially keen to hear from those groups who are currently underrepresented on Boards of Scottish public bodies, such as disabled people, ethnic minorities, women, people under 50 and LGBT+ individuals. Board members are not remunerated but travel and other allowable expenses will be paid. Time commitment varies but is unlikely to exceed two meetings a month. Training can be provided and an induction programme is offered to all members. If you believe you can add value to the Regional Board of Borders College please contact –

Mrs. D Kerr, Head of HR & Development, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE.
Tel : (01896) 662520, email – dkerr@borderscollege.ac.uk to request an application pack.

More information is available on the college website at www.borderscollege.ac.uk

Closing date: 1 February 2018.

Borders College is an equal opportunities employer and aims to reflect the diversity of the Scottish Borders. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of any protected characteristic. Borders College is a registered Scottish Charity – No SC021180.

Cordale Housing Association – Management Committee Members

“Homes and Services that make life better”.

Cordale Housing Association is a registered charity operating in Renton and Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire.

The Association is part of the Caledonia Housing Association Group.

Over the past few years, the Association has undergone significant change and progress. Through collaborative partnership working and an innovative shared services model, Cordale Housing Association has improved performance, services and results offered to tenants and services users.

The recent improvement in services at Cordale Housing Association has been recognised with the Association winning the award of Small Housing Association of the year at the Scottish Homes awards in June, 2017 and the award of West Dunbartonshire’s best performing business in May, 2017.

Undoubtedly, it is exciting times at Cordale Housing Association. The Association is committed to further change and improvement, progressing in 2018 ambitious growth plans and developing a strategy to transform customer services by increasing choice and providing flexible services, improving value for money and enhancing customer satisfaction.

In the past eighteen months, Cordale Housing Association’s partnership with Caledonia Housing Association has provided 80 new affordable homes in Renton and Alexandria. The partnership will deliver a significant number of new affordable homes in West Dunbartonshire over the next couple of years. Meanwhile the Association is about to start building in early 2018 a new office that will renew and revitalise the heart of Renton.

Cordale Housing Association is governed by a Management Committee comprising of a mix of local residents and individuals with specific business skills. The role of the Committee is to ensure the Association is managed well and delivers excellent outcomes for tenants and service users. This involves setting direction, monitoring performance, managing risk and complying with statutory and regulatory requirements.

The Association is presently looking to recruit new co-opted Management Committee members. Cordale Housing Association is particularly interested in speaking to individuals with specific experience and knowledge of asset management, development or construction. Meanwhile the Association is also keen to hear from individuals with strong governance experience and a background in strategy development and/or organisational change.

These are exciting and rewarding opportunities for individuals with the appropriate knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to make a difference. The posts provide the opportunity to gain governance and leadership experience as part of a dynamic and forward-thinking Housing Association Group, whilst supporting a community based charitable Housing Association committed to providing “homes and services that make life better”.

If you require general information on Cordale Housing Association this can be accessed at www.cordalehousing.org.uk. For specific information on the Committee member vacancies and how to apply, please contact Barry Johnstone, Area Director by e-mailing barry.johnstone@caledoniaha.co.uk

Arts & Business Scotland -NXD’s

Salary: Unpaid
Location: Edinburgh

Role:
Arts & Business Scotland is seeking new volunteer Directors to join our board, to oversee governance and ensure the future success of the work of the charity.
Arts & Business Scotland is committed to equalities, inclusion and diversity across all aspects of the organisation, and in line with that policy, wishes to recruit a diverse range of Directors and would be delighted to hear from people with skills and experience in the arts, heritage and business sectors. A copy of the role descriptor can be downloaded below.

Should you wish to speak with someone to discuss the role of Director, please contact Moira Chapman, Head of Finance and Operations at Recruitment@aandbscotland.org.uk

Application notes:
If you would like to apply, please forward a brief C.V. and covering letter to the Moira Chapman, Head of Finance and Operations (Recruitment@aandbscotland.org.uk) by noon on Wednesday, 31 January 2018.
Please note there is an induction period for each new Director recruited, providing both the volunteer and the charity with an opportunity to get to know each other.

Closing: Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Job Description

Abertay University – Independent Members of Court

Non-remunerated
Dundee

Abertay University is a modern, pioneering and ambitious university with almost 4,000 students and income of about £34 million per year with a strong tradition of preparing students for the industries and jobs of the modern world.

The University is seeking to appoint up to five new independent members of its governing body, the University Court, and is looking for individuals with experience of senior leadership roles in private, public or third-sector organisations, who have a strong personal interest in, and commitment to, higher education and who will support the University in achieving its mission and ensuring that it is governed and managed effectively.

The University Court is the governing body of the University. The main purpose of the role of Court Member is, inter alia, to assist Court in performing its statutory functions. Court is the University’s legal authority and collectively it is responsible for the proper conduct of the University’s public business, for strategic vision, monitoring effectiveness and performance of the University, approving financial, estate and human resource strategies, ensuring equality and diversity, being the employing authority and ensuring the good name and values of the University. Since the University is a Charity, Members are also responsible for ensuring that Court exercises efficient and effective use of the resources of the University for the furtherance of its charitable purposes, maintains its long-term financial viability, and safeguards its assets, and that proper mechanisms exist to ensure financial control.

The ideal candidate will have a commitment to higher education and empathy with the purpose, principles and objectives of the University with a strong track record of leadership in either the private, public or third sector. The University is committed to equality and diversity and we are particularly keen to receive applications from women.

The appointment is for a period of three years with the possibility of two further periods of office.

For more information on these roles and on the University, please visit www.aspenpeople.co.uk/abertay. For a confidential discussion please contact either Donogh O’Brien or Lauren Neil on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications: Friday 19th January 2018

Edinburgh Napier Students Association – Trustee vacancies

Edinburgh Napier Students Association (ENSA), a registered Charity, is seeking Trustees to join and strengthen the Trustee Board of the Association, which represents 14000 students studying at Edinburgh Napier University. ENSA carries out a wide range of Sports, Advice and Representational activities on behalf of the student body.

ENSA is currently in the process of revising its constitution to meet modern requirements, and is planning to incorporate as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2019. The Board meets 6 times a year, and Trustees are appointed for a renewable 3-year term. Candidates with background in HR and/or Income Generation would be especially useful. The positions are not remunerated, but reasonable expenses will of course be met.

Please contact Stefan Kay, Change Manager (stefangkay@gmail.com) (not 6 January to 18 February 18) or Maxine Wood, Deputy Chief Executive (M.Wood@napier.ac.uk) to arrange a preliminary discussion.

Closing date is 28 February 2018.

Heriot-Watt University Court – vacancies

HELP STEER THE VISION AND STRATEGY OF A GLOBAL UNIVERSITY

Heriot-Watt University is looking for talented individuals with international vision and experience. We want to hear from people capable of helping us build on our outstanding success, deliver excellence in our teaching and research, and develop an ambitious new strategy for the future.

A leading, truly global university, with an established reputation and a track record of success, Heriot-Watt University is developing an exciting new strategic plan from 2018.  Independent lay members of our governing body (the Court) and its committees, provide the strong and diverse leadership and governance we desire to shape our future vision and help ensure we deliver it.

We are particularly seeking people with leadership experience and skills in areas such as finance and business strategy, estates and facilities development, the student experience, promotion of research, fundraising and alumni relations and strategic information services to fill Court positions which will become available soon. We also have Court committee vacancies, where people with a wide range of experience and skills can contribute to our success and good governance.

At Heriot-Watt University we value equality and diversity and encourage expressions of interest from anyone who shares our values and who feels they have the experience, skills and ability to make a significant contribution to the work of our Court, and the future success of our global university. These are voluntary unpaid roles, but the university does meet the out of pocket expenses.

You can find out more at https://www.hw.ac.uk/court or from the office of the Secretary of the University, Tel: 0131-451-3690 Email: ann-marie.dalton-pillay@hw.ac.uk Should you be interested in being considered we invite you to submit a covering letter and CV by Monday 22 January 2018.  Interviews of suitable applicants are planned for February 2018.

Heriot-Watt University is a Charity registered in Scotland, SC000278

Strathmore RFC – Non-Executive Directors

Founded in 1933 Strathmore RFC is a rugby club based in Forfar, Scotland. Over recent years the club facilities and activities have grown with the club becoming a community hub used by several groups and charities. On the field the club is working with its sister organisation The Strathmore Rugby Club Community Trust (SC047475) to raise playing numbers for both rugby union and rugby league in the area and is building towards the 1st XV to competing in the National Leagues. Off the field the club is aiming to hire a Business Development Manager to work alongside volunteers to increase the usage of the clubhouse, gym and development area and pitches ensuring the facilities are used to their potential for the entire community and that the club operates in a professional manner while maintaining the club ethos at the heart of its activities.

The Management Committee is now seeking to appoint Non-Executive Directors to assist with the continuing development of the club off the field. The role would involve attending monthly committee meetings and other ad-hoc sub-committee meetings in an advisory capacity to support the Management Committee in driving the club forward.

Knowledge of rugby union, rugby league or sport in general is not essential. We are looking for individuals with the drive and commitment to help the club achieve its vision over the long term and would particularly welcome applications from individuals with a financial, HR or legal background.

Applications can be submitted to Stuart Gray, Vice President (Resources), stuartgray1984@gmail.com.

While this is a voluntary role reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

More information on the club is available through our website http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/strathmorerfc 

Business leaders representing Scotland on a national stage

 

Next week, five of Scotland’s top directors will compete with the UK’s leading business leaders for a coveted IoD Director of the Year Award at the UK Finals.

The Scottish directors (who all won in their category at the Scottish Director of the Year Awards in March 2017) are:

Category: Public and Third Sector Director of the Year
• Gregory Chauvet, Managing Director at Glasgow Bike Station
• Theresa Shearer, CEO of ENABLE Scotland
• Tom Campbell, Managing Director at North Coast 500 Ltd

Category: SME Director of the Year
• Jennifer MacKenzie-Hallwood, Managing Director at TEFL Org UK

Category: Early Stage Business Director of the Year
• Sonia Cottom, Director at Pain Association Scotland

The awards, which take place on Friday 22 September at the prestigious Lancaster London Hotel, will recognise and celebrate some of the nation’s most impressive business leaders, with nominees coming from a range of industries, sectors and backgrounds. The high-calibre entrants have been recognised as the best in their field by the organisation for business leaders, the IoD, on the basis of having all made outstanding contributions in their fields.

David Watt, Executive Director of the IoD in Scotland, said: “These dynamic Scottish leaders have proven their exceptional capabilities, and have led their organisations with the determination, creativity and sensitivity that it takes to achieve business success, particularly in challenging times. As a group, they represent a fine example of the leaders we should all aspire to be, and we wish them luck as they go on to represent Scotland at a national level.”

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Issued on behalf of the Institute of Directors in Scotland. Contact for further comments:
Lisa Donnelly, or Lesley Brydon
0141 204 7800 / 0131 225 9596
lisa@clarkcommunications.co.uk / lesley@clarkcommunications.co.uk

Notes to editors

• The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 35,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurs and directors of start-up companies.

• IoD in Scotland has six branches – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside, Fife, Aberdeen and Highlands and Islands – https://www.iod.com/events-community/regions/scotland

• The IoD is dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity through good governance and responsible business practice. It provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

• For further information, visit our website: www.iodscotland.com

The quickest route to certainty will be best for business

 

In response to this morning’s snap general election announcement, David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said:

“In the next seven weeks, there will be a lot of issues to be discussed and addressed, and most crucial is to remember that a general election should be about more than one topic.

“Even within the short timeframe that the Prime Minister has set, and on which MPs will vote this week, there is plenty of space for a proper debate about business, the strength of the economy and the position of both post-Brexit. It might be that a general election will force some of these key issues out into the open, which would be welcome.

“What would be unwelcome, and bad for business, is for this general election to become either IndyRef2 or BrexitRef2 – both votes have happened, and today’s announcement gives the whole country an opportunity to move along with the practicalities of the future. The quickest route to certainty will be best for business – it will allow us to get on and do what British business does best, whatever the constitutional landscape is.”

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Issued by Clark Communications for IoD Scotland. For further information, please contact Lesley Brydon on 0131 225 9596 / 07771 630834 or lesley@clarkcommunciations.co.uk

The Institute of Directors

• The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

• The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

• The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

• For further information, visit the website: www.iodscotland.com

Institute of Directors Scotland – Response to First Minister’s speech

In response to the First Minister’s speech earlier today (13 March) David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said:

“Not many in the Scottish business community wanted Brexit, and equally, few want a renewed Independence Referendum, and the associated continuation of uncertainty which has had such an impact on the ability of businesses to move forward with their plans.  The modern world presents a multitude of opportunities for businesses to innovate and prosper, and this rather than constitutional arguments is the preferred focus of IoD members. However, if the political will is to move forward with another vote, business will react appropriately and continue to face up to the challenges that such political activity presents.

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Issued by Clark Communications for IoD Scotland.  For further information, please contact:

Lesley Brydon or Lina Lustig

0131 225 9596 / 07771 630834 / 07470 271279

lesley@clarkcommunications.co.uk / lina@clarkcommunications.co.uk

The Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

For further information, visit the website:www.iodscotland.com

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