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Become a trustee

Charity trustees are some of the most important people in a charity.

The bottom line is, good governance led by a charity’s board is no longer an optional extra. It’s essential to charities’ effectiveness and probably their survival too. Charities need to be able to demonstrate that they take it seriously, allowing it to change the way they operate.

Charities need a wide range of skills from their trustees, to understand and address the many challenges charities can face. They need trustee boards that can challenge one another and the status quo, that bring different experiences, knowledge and ideas, but that are able to work consistently and enthusiastically as a team.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities below please get in touch.

Specialist Volunteer Network

Current Specialist Volunteer trustee opportunities


  • Leith School of Art – is looking for committed and enthusiastic individuals who have a contribution to make in the governance of this highly regarded independent art school. Leith School of Art has an outstanding reputation in Scotland and the UK for its excellence in teaching and vibrant sense of community, warmth and friendliness. The Board of Directors works closely with the School’s senior leadership in determining the School’s strategic direction and fulfilling its mission to offer a distinctive range of art education opportunities to all, regardless of background and means. The charity are currently seeking an experienced leader to join the Board as Chair together with new members of the Board. Previous experience of Board work is desirable but not a requirement. Experience in the arts, education, business, finance and fund-raising will be an advantage but all professional backgrounds will be considered. The charity have a particular need for a new Director with a background in HR. Leith School of Art welcome applications from members of all communities who share our vision, aims and objectives and can offer relevant skills and expertise.
  • Craigmillar Now – is an arts and heritage organisation. The charity is home to the Craigmillar archives and hosts a year-round programme of creative activities, including artist residencies, workshops, exhibitions and events. Craigmillar Now is a welcoming and friendly space with a commitment to breaking down barriers in accessing arts and heritage. The charity is looking for new Trustees to join the Craigmillar Now Board. They are particularly interested in hearing from people living in the Greater Craigmillar area, people with HR experience and people with financial and accounting skills. Full training will be provided to all new trustees – so if you haven’t served on a Board before please don’t let that put you off applying!
  • Independent Arts Projects (IAP) – are now looking for new people to join their Board of Trustees. Based in Leith, IAP creates performance projects (artworks and experiences) that connect artists and communities. Projects often explore themes of identity and aim to make space for people to be themselves and see themselves. IAP believe everyone has a right to creativity and all of its positive personal, social and wellbeing related benefits. IAP is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Registered Charity. The charity are seeking up to 3 new trustees to join our board this year.


  • Break the Silence – based in Kilmarnock and operating since 2004, BtS is a registered charity in Scotland and a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Charity provides a range of tailored, holistic support options for survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, aged 13 years and above. Their vision is to make a profound and positive difference in the lives of those affected by sexual trauma. An interim Chair was co-opted in November ’21 to oversee a refresh of the strategic direction and vision of the charity and conduct a thorough governance review. This process has now been completed with the amazing support and enthusiasm of the entire staff team. It is now appropriate for the Interim Chair to step down and hand over the reins to a new Chair to build on the very solid foundations put in place over the last nine months. The charity welcomes applicants that reflect the diversity of the community they serve. BtS value the diversity of opinion, thought and experience that a new board member can bring. The appointment may appeal to an experienced person wishing to volunteer as a Chair for the first time or from those more experienced in this key role. It is important to Break the Silence that potential candidate share their values of being compassionate and collaborative, effective and knowledgeable in supporting those affected by sexual trauma and supports the Charity’s vision to influence and inform within the sector. BtS strive to be a Centre of Excellence for their service users and stakeholders.

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  • AILN (Ayrshire Independent Living Network) – AILN initially grew from a group of disabled people who wanted to see a change in the way that community care services were offered to people and have been providing high quality Self-Directed Support (SDS) advice and information to the people of Ayrshire for over a decade. The organisation would like to hear from anyone who has a passion for promoting independent living for everyone and has a keen willingness to support the vision, mission and values of AILN. They are looking for Directors who are enthusiastic, have good communication skills and expertise in one or more of the following: Lived experience, either yourself or family member using a Self-Directed support budget; HR; An understanding of the UK charity sector; Business development; and IT/Social Media. AILN are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all members of the community.

If you interested in receiving FREE trustee training please contact for more information.

Free Support: SCVO

Access the SCVO Trustee Network

Need help or support in your role as a trustee? SCVO has created a Trustee Network in partnership with Aberdeen Standard Capital to provide support and guidance for members of boards and committees. They provide news on relevant topics, webinars where you can hear from experts and share your own learning and experience, E-learning modules and SCVO’s Good Governance Checkup.

Free Support: Getting on Board

How to become a charity Trustee

How to become a charity Trustee is a practical toolkit for charity trustee volunteering that gives clear guidance on how to get started. It covers what a trustee is, responsibilities, how to find the right role and tips for crafting your application.

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