Trustee (x2)

Employer Scottish SPCA
Job Type Trustee/Board Member
Location Aberdeen, Inverness and the North Central Belt Dundee and Tayside Edinburgh and the East Glasgow and the West Perthshire and Fife South of Scotland
Specific Location Scotland
Salary N/A
Closing Date Noon, Thursday 31st October 2019


BTA are delighted to be working with the Scottish SPCA in their search for 2 Trustees.

The Scottish SPCA has been proudly helping animals for 180 years. It has been at the forefront of animal welfare since its inception and now delivers a range of services which includes intervention, prevention and education of the young to minimise the risk of cruelty. It has a £16 million pound annual turnover and 9 centres across Scotland. Demand for its services has grown year on year. In 2018 it dealt with 90,000 incidents and 293,000 calls to the helpline. It ensures justice for those who inflict harm. The charity is unique in that it is the only charity in the UK which is a reporting agency straight into the Crown Office.

It is looking for two Trustees to join its Board and introduce greater diversity in terms of age, gender and ethnicity. Specifically, it is looking for someone with a background in veterinary medicine and someone who is a great strategist. A strong commitment to and belief in the work of the SSPCA is an essential requirement. You do not need to live in the central belt as the Board would welcome applicants from all over Scotland who can participate in meetings by conference call and who are prepared to commit to attending one Board meeting and the AGM per year.

The key roles and responsibilities for Trustees are:

  • Determine the overall direction and development of the Society through good governance, leadership and clear strategic planning.
  • Be an active member of the Board, providing organisational oversight and engaging in participative decision making to ensure Scottish SPCA is high performing in all areas of our work.
  • Ensure the organisation is legally compliant and adheres to the sector standards defined by OSCR.
  • Ensure that Scottish SPCA is well-managed, accountable, and strives to achieve good practice in all areas.
  • Monitor and evaluate the work of Scottish SPCA to ensure that it is in line with its charitable aims and purposes.
  • Actively engaging in discussion and debate at meetings, listening carefully, challenging sensitively, and avoiding conflict. Acting collectively at meetings and accepting a majority decision
  • Safeguard the good name and values of Scottish SPCA, promote a positive public profile, enhance its reputation and represent it as required.
  • Oversee the financial stability of Scottish SPCA and ensure that all financial controls and systems of risk management are robust.
  • Monitor and assess the organisation’s results in relation to the agreed strategy and budget and to agree alternative action to remedy shortfalls if required.
  • Use personal skills, knowledge or experience to help the Directors each sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the Director has particular expertise.

The Board meets quarterly and the sub committees (Vets Advisory Board, Fundraising and Brand Building, Finance and Remuneration, and Health and Safety) meet on the same day at the charity’s HQ in Halbeath, Dunfermline.


If you have the time to bring your skills to this critically important and hugely respected charity and would like to develop your abilities as a Trustee, then please contact us [email protected] for further information.

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