Trustee (Aberdeenshire Culture and Sport Trust)

Favourite Aberdeenshire Council
Ref no: ABS12066
Closes: Sunday, 17th December 2017
Published: Wednesday, 6th December 2017
Location: Location Negotiable
Salary: £0 per year
Hours: Variable
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Position Type: Voluntary
Organisation: Aberdeenshire Council
Category: Managerial / Executive
Sub-category: Director

Job Description

Are you passionate about the culture and heritage of the North East or the health and well-being benefits from taking part in and sport and physical activity? Do you want to lead a new and exciting organisation by filling a seat in our boardroom?

A new culture and sport trust in Aberdeenshire is recruiting four trustees to work with its board in leading the creation of the organisation and delivering its ambitions in its formative years.

The new trust has been created by Aberdeenshire Council to develop the delivery of cultural and sport services in the area, striving to encourage and enable participation in a range of active and inspiring pursuits which enrich people’s lives.

The board will oversee a multi-million-pound budget and build on the excellent work of 1,500 staff across Aberdeenshire who currently deliver well-used services including:

• Libraries and Information Services through 37 libraries and four mobile libraries
• Museums and Macduff Marine Aquarium
• Arts Development
• Sports and physical activity programmes and facilities with over 1.5 million visits to our facilities in 16/17
• Sports development
• Active Schools
• 13 town halls

Aberdeenshire Council has prioritised health and wellbeing in its plan for the next five years and the trust will be required to make the best use of resources to ensure that all who wish can participate, no matter their location or circumstances.

If successful Disclosure Scotland checks will be undertaken.

The selection process will begin on Wednesday 3 January 2018 when applicants will be asked to attend a session to discuss their interest in the position.

Informal Enquiries to: John Harding,

For more information, visit



Candidates should be able to evidence several of the following:

• Strong financial management, strategic resource management and business planning expertise
• Knowledge of public sector governance
• Strong knowledge of the sporting and/or cultural background of the North East
• Skills in securing grant aid and project fundraising knowledge
• Experience of service development in the public or third sectors
• Strong focus on maximising commercial opportunities where appropriate
• Marketing expertise
• Networking and national influencing skills


Board structure

The trust’s board will comprise of ten individuals including three elected members of the council, one employee of the trust and the four trustees we are currently recruiting.

The trust is anticipated to take over the running of Culture and Sport from 1 April 2018 with board meetings taking place from January 2018.

Trustees will hold office for three years and will be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses they may incur in the process of carrying out business on behalf of the trust.

Applicants can be from the local community, be facility users or be from the business, sports, cultural or academic communities.

Trust objectives:

• Manage the services, assets and employees in accordance with good charities governance, good business practice, legislative requirements and in accordance with the trust’s articles of association to ensure strong governance, public accountability and public benefit
• Ensure the services contribute to the delivery of the existing Culture and Sport strategies of Aberdeenshire Council
• Deliver best value for every pound invested in the trust; including generating investment opportunities for the development and improvement of cultural, leisure and community services
• Promote the positive benefits of cultural and sport services in terms of health and well-being, learning, area promotion, creativity and competitive/creative excellence
• Promote participation in activities at all levels and for all sections of the community to enable residents to fulfil their potential in their chosen area of activity
• Ensure services are delivered in such a way as to encourage participation of all sections of the community including protected groups and meet and ideally exceed all appropriate access legislation
• Develop and nurture robust and productive partnerships with local clubs, community groups, voluntary organisations, the NHS, national bodies and customer groups
• Ensure the trust’s services listen to its users and respond to their views
• Value and develop staff and promote a culture of empowerment
• Offer a range of non-specialist community venues from which to deliver activities and resources which support the delivery of cultural and sport activities as well as generic community activities
• Support schools and young people in both delivering the curriculum and developing school and community club/organisation links.