Trustee Elections

Trust seeks three new Board members


Our Trustees are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and locations across Scotland as it is important that the Board reflects the broad range and geographical spread of the Trust’s activities.  We are also keen to ensure that our Board of Trustees reflects our diverse membership.  

This year, applicants with skills or experience in two particular areas are being sought - finance, risk management and governance, and gardens, horticulture and designed landscapes.  In addition the Trust would welcome applicants for the role of Member Trustee, a new elected Board position for someone who can demonstrate a commitment and dedication to the organisation as a member or volunteer. Detailed information on the role descriptions and person specifications can be downloaded here.

As announced at last year’s AGM, the way in which candidates are proposed for election has changed.  Applicants will take part in an assessment system which will aim to ensure that candidates with the skills the Board needs are proposed for election and allow more understanding of the responsibilities of being a member of the Board.  Successful candidates should be available for an open day and interview assessment on the 26 April.  Further guidance on the Trustee election assessment criteria can be downloaded here.   

If you are a member and have the skills, time and passion to help us take our next steps, please do get in touch. Trustees are not paid, but expenses are reimbursed.

For more information contact Nicola Blyth on 0131 458 0293, email

The deadline for postal and email applications is 5pm on Thursday 13 April, 2017

A Trustee’s experience: Jillian Carrick

I was one of the original group of 10 trustees appointed following the Reid Review in 2010. I have a background in education – that’s what prompted me to put my name forward. I’d been along to a public meeting where the former chair and chief executive were speaking, at Pollok House in Glasgow. They talked about the new organisation, and I had just taken early retirement.

‘Joining the board was a steep learning curve. I’d become a member of the Trust back when my children were small on a visit to Brodick Castle in Arran. Over the years I’d visited many properties with my family, but didn’t really ever consider that 46 munros were looked after by a charity; that there were 35 major gardens, and that it was one of the biggest landowners in Scotland.

I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the Board of Trustees, and I’ve gained a lot. Trustees have a vital role to play and are an example of how important volunteers are to the National Trust for Scotland’.

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