Now recruiting Chair & Non Executive Director roles

Would you like the opportunity to play a significant role in the management and development of Scotland’s canals?

Two exciting opportunities have arisen to join Scottish Canals.

We are seeking a new Chair to lead the board of Scottish Canals in successfully delivering our corporate objectives and strategic priorities.
We are also recruiting a Non Executive Director to join our existing board members in helping to take the organisation forward.

Scotland’s canals are vibrant, thriving green and blue spaces which attract more than 20 million visits by boot, bike and boat each year. In recent years they have been innovatively managed and expertly developed resulting in the creation of exciting new tourism destinations and the delivery of world-class events. Award winning in engineering, place making and innovation, our canals are an exemplar for community-driven change and environmental management.

Interested in finding out more? Register now to attend one of our ‘Meet the Board’ sessions taking place on the 17th of November.   

Important to Scotland’s visitor economy our canals also contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation, help tackle health inequalities and are a major part of the active travel agenda. They play a vital role in managing biodiversity, protecting our heritage, promoting education and enabling skills and confidence building projects in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities.

As custodians of Scotland’s 250-year-old inland waterways, we are responsible for the statutory maintenance and the future development of Scotland’s canals and the regeneration of areas around the canal network.

Scottish Canals has an executive management team and support staff based at its headquarters in North Glasgow. The Board currently comprises of five Non-Executive members including the Chair and one Executive Director, the Chief Executive. The organisation looks after over 4,000 assets across 137 miles of canal network including the Crinan and Caledonian canals in the Highlands and the Union, Forth & Clyde and Monklands in the Lowlands.

If you are interested in either of these roles, the application pack and application forms are available for download here or at the bottom of the page. The closing date for completed applications is midnight Sunday 21 November 2021.
Please send completed application forms to

Board Recruitment

The Board has responsibility and accountability for Scottish Canals in accordance with the Transport Act 1962 Part 1 and Schedule 1, as amended by the BW Order for a three year term. The quorum for meetings of the Board shall be three.

The Board of Scottish Canals closely follows the model Code of Conduct approved by the Scottish Parliament. This code ensures high standards are maintained in Scottish public life.

Find out more about this Code of Conduct.

Scottish Canals Register of Interests