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Director of Business & Finance


East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure launched in July 2015 is a charity with over 400 employees delivering sport, leisure, arts and culture services in East Renfrewshire. It operates four sports centres with gyms, fitness and swimming pools; 10 libraries; 18 community centres and sports pavilions; a 350 seat theatre; and a range of sports, arts, heritage and cultural services. It runs a number of programmes and activities including the Active Schools programme for East Renfrewshire, funded by SportScotland, the schools’ holiday programme, and a wide range of arts, sports, library and heritage services.


Our vision is to inspire people to be active in sport, arts and culture.


Our mission is to be the highest-performing Leisure Trust in Scotland.

We will not only be more efficient and achieve more from our resources, but that we will grow with a view to becoming self-sufficient.


We are a charitable social enterprise, which means we work for the benefit of everyone: the public, the communities we work in, the environment, our staff and our partners.

Strategic Aims

  • Create a financially sustainable business model, balancing strong ambitions with commercial viability
  • Develop an understanding of our customers and audiences and an offer that attracts them, working in partnership with organisations across the region to remove barriers to participation
  • Develop a strong, diverse, resilient and committed workforce, building on our commitment to growing people and ideas
  • Establishing East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s role at the heart of vibrant communities through the services we deliver, the opportunities we provide and the support we offer.
  • Developing resilient, dynamic and productive partnerships that are developed and nurtured to grow our business and maximise the impact we have in our communities.

These aims support our charitable objectives and our plans for ongoing organisational development and reflect our ambition to grow our services.


The Trust was launched in July 2015. Since inception, the Trust has continued to develop its services and operating processes to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services to the local community, supporting its charitable objectives, whilst improving its commercial focus.  A key focus over the last 2 years has been the recovery of our programmes to pre-Covid levels and we have now equalled or exceeded pre-Covid income, customer bookings and attendance. The following metrics show our performance 2023 v 2022.

Visits to Leisure Centres up 147% on Q3 2021/22

Monthly Gym and Fitness memberships up 53% on February 2022

Swimming Lessons customers up 17% on February 2022

Professional Theatre customers attendances up 75% on Q3 2021/22

Library visits up 180% on Q3 2021/22

Community Sports customers up 50% on February 2022.

More information can be found in the Business Plan document below: 

The Role – Director of Business & Finance
£60,477 – £64,254

This is an exciting opportunity to join a friendly, dynamic and creative team delivering culture and leisure services. With over 400 employees East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust (ERCL) is an award-winning £10M turnover charity delivering sport, leisure, arts and culture services in East Renfrewshire. We operate 10 libraries, 4 leisure centres and pools, sports and arts development programmes, a 330 seat theatre and a wide range of community facilities. Since launching we have grown our commercial income by 20%, whilst reducing our local government funding by 25%, picking up awards for our services and customer care along the way.

As Director of Business and Finance you will join a small and friendly senior management team, reporting to the Chief Executive. You will be directly responsible for leading a multi-disciplined team including Finance, business management and systems change to drive the charity forward.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about public services and wants to help deliver ambitious plans within a competitive commercial environment, while ensuring compliance with charity governance and sound financial planning and controls help maintain the charity’s financial sustainability. You will be skilled at working and dealing with partners; relish working within a diverse business that mixes commercial and charitable activities; and be as comfortable providing advice, challenge and scrutiny as you are fresh ideas.

We offer flexible working options including hybrid working with a blend of in-office and working from home

On 2 July 2015, East Renfrewshire Council transferred the delivery of its culture and leisure services to an arms-length organisation, East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure Limited. The successful applicant will be an employee of ERCL.

*Depending upon the needs of the service, staff in Hybrid roles will typically work from home for up to 40-60% of the time where the needs of the service can still be met.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.  It is an offence therefore to apply if you are barred from working with children and protected adults.  In addition to this, if you have lived or worked in any country outside the UK in the past 10 years, there may be a requirement for an overseas police check.

How to Apply

If you would like to discuss the role in further detail please contact Catriona Mackie or Danielle Cairney at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter / supporting statement expressing why you are interested in this opportunity and your suitability via the relevant link below:

Please note that you will receive an immediate acknowledgement of your application. If you do not receive this please contact Melissa Scholes on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date: Friday, 2nd June 2023

Interviews: Mid June 2023



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