Would you like the opportunity to play a significant role in the management and development of Scotland’s canals and the regeneration of their surrounding areas? From the majestic Caledonian Canal to the beautifully picturesque Crinan Canal, you could have a pivotal role in ensuring these historic assets are preserved for future generations.

We are looking to fill the role of a Non-Executive Director. There are currently five valued and respected members of the Board comprising four Non-Executive Directors and the Chair. You can find out more about our current board here.

Scottish Canals are the custodians of Scotland’s canal network and surrounding estates.  Our vision is to care for and invest in the canal network to generate lasting benefit for people and communities; celebrating their industrial heritage, ensuring they offer quality green and blue spaces for people and communities and contribute to Scotland’s resilience in tackling climate change.

Our success is rooted in valuing the contributions of our entire team - we care, we create, and we collaborate to continue to deliver a whole range of activities from boating, paddling, walking and wheeling to living and playing and improving what the canals have to offer to our visitors and communities.  We also work with partners and stakeholders to contribute to a wealthier, fairer, greener and more resilient Scotland.

As an employer we offer a truly unique opportunity to be part of our team, help us realise our vision and contribute to looking after our heritage and ensuring our canals flourish now and in the future.

Roles and responsibilities

The Non-Executive Director is expected to provide strategic direction and challenge to the organisation in line with Scottish Ministers’ priorities. They will also maintain high standards of corporate governance and financial probity. They will develop and maintain an appreciation of the political and policy context and of the needs and interests of canal users and surrounding communities. 

Skills, knowledge and experience

Those applying for the role will need to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

  • Corporate Governance; 
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills; 
  • Strong constructive challenge; 
  • Corporate finance;
  • Influencing and communication skills; 
  • An ability to harness diversity; 
  • Knowledge & experience of the issues relevant to the operations and activities of Scottish Canals such as dealing with the impact of climate change and commercial property development and regeneration, and environment and sustainability. 

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate evidence in an application form and return along with a letter and a tailored CV. Further information can be found in the application pack.

‘Get to know the Board’ one-to-one sessions – Interested candidates can get the opportunity to speak to a current Board member in advance of applying. To arrange a meeting, please email communications@scottishcanals.co.uk

Remuneration and time commitment

The Non-Executive Director receives £240 per day.  Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed. The appointment is non-pensionable.

Non-Executive Directors are expected to devote up to 20 days per year.

Length of term

The appointment is for three years and will take effect from autumn 2024. Re-appointment is not automatic and is subject to performance and the individual continuing to satisfy the requirements of the role.

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK.

Completed letters, tailored CVs and the application form should be returned to communications@scottishcanals.co.uk

The closing date for completed applications is midnight 28th June 2024.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants. The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process. If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact ScottishCanals@transport.gov.scot

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented in Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.