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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Board of Trustees elections 2022

We're inviting nominations from our membership community so we can then hold a members' vote at our AGM in December to fill three trustee vacancies.

Joining the SCVO Board of Trustees

At SCVO we're passionate about what the voluntary sector can achieve. Along with our 3,100+ members, we believe that charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups make Scotland a better place. 

We’re lucky to have a Board of up to 11 trustees with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. We want our Board to be inclusive, and to reflect the diversity of the voluntary sector and Scottish society.

Six of our trustees are elected from our membership and we have three vacancies for elected members of our Board to be filled at our AGM on 6 December 2022.

This page gives a brief overview of what being a trustee involves and explains how to apply to join the SCVO Board of Trustees.

How do I apply?

After you've read the information on this page, if you are interested in becoming an SCVO trustee, please complete our Board nomination form and return it no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 26 October 2022. You'll find details about how to submit your nomination on the form.

Board of Trustees nomination form

Being a trustee

SCVO is a trusted organisation, with a critical role to play in supporting the voluntary sector. As a member of the Board, you can be part of something special.

Trustees make sure the governance of the organisation is maintained to a high standard. The role is both rewarding and challenging, as we operate in an ever-changing environment with precarious funding – just like most other voluntary organisations.

Our trustees play a key role in making sure that SCVO stays true to our mission and values, serving the interests of our members and the wider voluntary sector.

Pauline Lunn

"It's really important that the Board of SCVO is representative of the community we serve - the Scottish voluntary sector. If you're thinking of putting yourself forward, I would say you should definitely do it!"

Pauline Lunn,
SCVO trustee

What are a trustee's responsibilities?

As a trustee, your responsibilities include:

  • being responsible for the strategic direction of SCVO
  • upholding SCVO’s values
  • promoting the role of the voluntary sector wherever appropriate
  • receiving reports from the Chief Executive and other staff on SCVO’s operations and finances, making recommendations as required
  • making sure that all statutory requirements for SCVO are met
  • agreeing on co-opting Board members to the Board of Trustees.
James Adams

"While the role as SCVO Trustee is strategic and governance-focused, the wide range of skills and experience we have across the Board also enables us to contribute to internal committees and provides opportunities to network, share best practice and contribute to the success of a national organisation."

James Adams,
SCVO trustee

What's the time commitment involved in being a trustee?

Trustees are asked, as far as possible, to be available for:

  • meetings of the Board of Trustees [approximately quarterly]
  • the Board’s annual away day – which normally includes an overnight stay
  • membership of one of the standing committees [approximately quarterly]
  • ad hoc meetings of the Board or sub-groups, and working groups which progress SCVO’s strategic objectives
  • key internal and external events such as The Gathering and the Charity Awards

Find out more about SCVO's work and our current Board

Read about SCVO's work and learn about our current Board members

Board of Trustees nomination form

If you have questions or want to know about something that isn’t covered here,
you can contact us for support.