Trustee elections

Any member of the National Trust for Scotland can put themselves forward as a candidate for election to the Board of Trustees.

Trust seeks four new Board members

This summer the Trust will hold elections for candidates to stand for four vacancies on the Board of Trustees.  Our Trustees are ultimately responsible for the strategic governance of the Trust’s activities and the achievement of our charitable purpose to promote the conservation, access, and enjoyment of Scotland’s places of historic interest or natural beauty.

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. 

All candidates must be able to demonstrate a passion for the cause of the Trust along with high level leadership experience.  In addition, this year applicants with skills or experience in four particular areas are being sought:

  • Professional Built Heritage Conservation
  • Natural Heritage, Wildlife, and Environment
  • Formal Education, Learning, and Research Activities
  • Current Visitor Experience and Interpretation in Heritage or Other Visitor Attractions

Download detailed information on the role descriptions and person specifications.

Applicants will take part in an assessment process 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 Thursday 25 April. Download further information on the Trustee election assessment criteria

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.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying please download our application form.

Get in touch:

For more information contact Nicola Blyth, Governance Manager and Solicitor on 0131 458 0293 or email

The deadline for postal and email applications is noon on Wednesday 17 April, 2019