We're Recruiting for New Trustees

Posted: Fri 2 Feb 2024
Board of Trustees & Staff, March 2023

With the planned retirement of three Trustees who have completed their three-year terms, we are inviting new applications to join our Board of Trustees.

About Àban

Àban was established in 2020 and has steadily grown to establish itself as a trusted outdoor charity in Inverness. Operating from our base in Merkinch, we provide our weekly Mountaineering Club and Girls’ Bike Club at £1/session, making the outdoors truly accessible for all. We run Scotland’s only independent Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Open Award group, including ten full Silverhill Scholarships each year. We fund our work through a mixture of grant funding and social enterprise. This includes the historic Kessock Ferry Swim event and our Gear Hub, a unique specialist charity shop for outdoor equipment. For this work we were recognised at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards 2023 as winners in the ‘One to Watch’ category.

About the Roles

Board members area asked to attend 4 meetings a year. These last 2 hours, typically on a Monday late afternoon. Meetings take place at our base in Inverness with the option to join remotely. Trustees are asked to commit for 3 years, with the option to extend for a second 3-year term.

The roles are unpaid voluntary positions, but travel expenses are reimbursed. We provide training & mentoring for all our Trustees, so you do not need to have served as a Trustee before. Do you have one of the following experience & skills?

• Lived experience or professional experience of supporting young people in Inverness.

• Senior level experience in the outdoor education sector

• Legal experience

Beth Simco

We would like to recruit at least one Trustee aged 18-25. We understand that young people are unlikely to have senior level experience and that is not a problem at all. If you feel like this description fits you, please get in touch for an informal chat. We're very friendly & approachable!

We expect that board members would be committed to the Ten Principles of Àban: see link here.

Please be aware that serving as a Trustee for a youth charity is classed as protected work under the terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. This voluntary position is therefore subject to our safer recruitment policy. This will include a PVG check and follow-up on references.

"I've found the Board at Aban very constructive & inclusive. The mix of people has been carefully balanced with different skills and working experiences. We really work collectively, as a team." Beth Simco, Trustee

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is Monday 4th March 2024. Please contact the Chief Executive (Johannes Petersen) for an information pack and details of how to apply. Successful applicants will be notified after our next full board meeting on Monday 18th March 2024.

Email: johannes@aban.scot / Office: 01463 718989 / Mobile: 07896 823537