Un-locking opportunities – new board members sought for Scottish Canals

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

The appointments will be for a three-year, part-time period and will see the successful applicants play a significant role in the management and development of Scotland’s canals and the regeneration of their surrounding areas. Those with skills and experience in corporate finance and governance, particularly audit and risk; tourism and leisure; or social and economic regeneration, in particular, are encouraged to apply.

In recent years, Scottish Canals 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 helped create 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 new Board members will be expected to make a wide-ranging, direct and relevant contribution to the management of the organisation, as well as contributing towards the organisations role in social and economic regeneration, working with tourism and leisure development and providing financial advice and assurance to the Board. Find out why our Chair, Andrew Thin, thinks you should apply here.

Scottish Canals’ Chair Andrew Thin will host two board recruitment sessions where prospective applicants can network, ask questions, and find out more about the organisation.

These sessions will be held:

28th January, Edinburgh – Jurys Inn, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH
18:30 – 20:00
31st January, Glasgow – Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF
18:30 – 20:00

For those unable to make these sessions, Andrew will be hosting a limited number of informal interview sessions via phone.

These will be available in 15 minute slots from 2pm – 4pm on Friday 1st February.

Those interested in either attending the sessions or talking to Andrew are asked to confirm their place by emailing communications@scottishcanals.co.uk.

An application pack and full details can be found at the public appointments website at www.appointed-for-scotland.org

The closing date for applications is 11 February 2019.

Notes to Editors

About Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Union, Monkland, Forth & Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian Canals. As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for bridges, buildings, locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and 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.

The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

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 Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year.

For more information, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals on Twitter.

For further information, please contact:

Chris McDonald at Scottish Canals on 07917217608 or email Chris.McDonald@scottishcanals.co.uk

Josie Saunders at Scottish Canals on 07881816283 or email Josie.Saunders@scottishcanals.co.uk

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