New board members sought for Scottish Canals

The Scottish Government is seeking applications for two new Non-Executive Directors for the board of Scottish Canals.

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of five Scottish canals as well as the surrounding estate, The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies. Since becoming a standalone organisation in 2012, Scottish Canals has transformed the nation’s inland waterways into ribbons of regeneration that are delivering lasting benefits for the communities on their banks.

The appointments will be for a three-year, part-time period and will see the successful applicants help shape the direction of travel for Scottish Canals. In recent years, the public body has driven the creation of a blossoming cultural quarter in North Glasgow; led on the £43 million Helix project that saw the development of a 350 hectare parkland and tourism destination featuring The Kelpies – the world’s largest equine sculptures; and sustainable tourism hubs in the Highlands aimed at creating new jobs and stimulating the local economy.

"Scottish Canals really is a public corporation like no other. Anyone driving past The Kelpies on a dark night can hardly fail to be inspired by the sense of imagination and ambition that characterises Scottish Canals. This is a fantastic opportunity to shape the development of an organisation that’s delivering real benefits for the people of Scotland."

Andrew Thin, Chair of the Scottish Canals Board

As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for bridges, buildings, locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and 19 water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water which flow through them each day.

Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles.

The two new board members will be expected to make a wide-ranging contribution to the leadership and governance of the organisation, focused on meeting the needs of a diverse range of stakeholders in line with evolving Scottish Government priorities.

Interested? Our Chair Andrew Thin and Vice-Chair Tanya Castell will be hosting two board recruitment sessions where you can network, ask questions, and find out more about Scottish Canals.

Confirm your place by emailing Please remember to let us know which session you’ll be attending.

12th March, Apex Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS

18:00 for 18:30 start; 20:00 close

13th March, Canal House, Glasgow, G4 9SP

18:00 for 18:30 start; 20:00 close

If you are unable to make these sessions, Andrew will be hosting a limited number of informal interview sessions via Skype on February 28th. Book your place here.

An application pack and full details can be found at the public appointments website at

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