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The Robertson Trust’s vision is a fair and compassionate Scotland where everyone is able to flourish. Our mission is to fund, support, and champion those building solutions to poverty and trauma in Scotland.

The Trust is now recruiting four non-executive board members, who will contribute to the delivery of the Trust’s vision.

The board of The Robertson Trust is the ultimate decision-making body of the Trust with each board member being a charity trustee.

The Board is responsible for:

  • Agreeing plans to deliver the Trust’s strategic objectives;
  • Monitoring performance of the Trust’s plans and its investments; and
  • Ensuring that the Trust follows best practice in governance and risk management.

The board meets five times per year (January, March, June, September and December). In addition, board members are asked to serve on one of five committees during their term. These make recommendations and offer advice to the board as a whole. These are:

  • Audit and Risk – how we assess the risks and opportunities facing us and how well these are being managed.
  • Governance, Nominations, Remuneration and Finance – how we embed good governance across the Trust’s work, recommend Board membership of committees, ensure we have the right People Strategy and approach to staff pay and consider income and expenditure reporting.
  • Investment – how we work with advisors to ensure the Trust’s responsible and sustainable Investment Policy is being delivered through the strategic allocation of our assets and pursuit of ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) goals.
  • Investor Relations – how we act as a responsible shareholder with colleagues in The Edrington Group.
  • Social Impact Investment – how we work with advisors to ensure we are delivering our new Social Impact Investment plan effectively. This is a new committee established in summer 2023.

As a trustee you will be supported and expected:

  • To contribute to the development of organisational strategy by providing leadership and clear direction on a vision for the future;
  • To ensure that all decisions comply with the values and objectives of the Trust;
  • To ensure policies and plans are in place to achieve the Trust’s objectives;
  • To support the effective conduct of meetings by contributing to board discussions;
  • To assist in monitoring the Trust’s performance;
  • To ensure that the Trust complies with the Code of Governance;
  • To represent the Trust externally as and when required;
  • To promote the Trust’s commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity.

Anyone with the relevant skills and personal qualities we are looking for is encouraged to apply, regardless of prior board experience.

In addition, we invite board members to take part in a Theme Team meeting of their choice twice a year and to join staff members on ‘listen and learn’ visits to our grantholders.

Board membership is for four years in the first instance, then renewable by mutual agreement for a further four years. In exceptional circumstances, this may be extended by a further year.

As a result of our relationship with The Edrington Group, the Board operates as Kintail Trustees Limited and Board member serve both as Directors and Charity Trustees. We will give development training to new board members on these responsibilities.

An introduction to the Trust will be provided in January to learn more about how we work and the format of meetings, including 1:1s with Mark Batho (Board Chair) and Jim McCormick (CEO). For ongoing support, we will pair you with a ‘Board buddy’ and development opportunities will be offered to reflect your interests and any committee role you take on.

All board meetings take place at Robertson House in Glasgow except in March when the board meets at The Barracks Conference Centre in Stirling. Meetings are typically a half day in length, with a few hours reading time prior.

This is a voluntary role without payment but all expenses are covered.