Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Trustee of The Gannochy Trust.
The Trust’s agenda is driven by A K Bell our Founder’s ambitions, expressed in the Trust Deed, which we have the responsibility of putting into a modern-day context.
Because of our wide remit, the role is a very interesting and rewarding one. As well as our grant awards made throughout Scotland and close work with our beneficiaries, we also manage a beautiful housing estate in Perth of 277 homes with affordable rents, a woodland park and the wider agricultural estate of nearly 700 acres.
This diversity is reflected in our current strategy and its five pillars: Our housing, our estate, community, grant-giving and organisational development.
Our position gives us significant convening power, allowing us to bring people and charities together to make a big difference to those we most wish to help, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
We have an engaged and able Board, currently of 6 Trustees, who meet formally around 8 times per year with the Chief Executive and key staff. We also have occasional away days and Board sub-group or committee meetings. We are now looking for 2 Trustees to replace one who retired in February and one who will retire later this year.
The time commitment is slightly higher at around 15 days per annum. One reason is the complexity of the Trust. Another is the way we handle grant applications, where we ask a Trustee to lead on a number of applications at our quarterly grant meetings.
In order to improve the Board’s diversity we are particularly keen to receive applications from women and under-represented age groups. We will also favourably consider those that have experience of working with beneficiaries of the charity sector.
I look forward to hearing from you.
David M Gray