Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in applying to be the Chief Executive 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 Chief Executive’s 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 around 277 homes with affordable rents, a woodland park and the wider agricultural estate of nearly 700 acres. This makes the role of the Chief Executive broad and exciting, but also demanding.

This diversity is reflected in our current strategy and its five pillars:

  • Our Housing – to provide affordable, high quality houses of character, vision and design in an attractive physical environment; improving existing housing where appropriate and developing exemplar new housing that is sympathetic to A K Bell’s original vision.
  • Our Estate – to grow, develop and create safe, attractive green spaces for play, learning, creativity and active travel while improving wildlife habitats and increasing biodiversity and ensuring good agricultural husbandry.
  • Community – to increase the use of the Trust’s assets of land and buildings; to actively engage communities; develop opportunities, activities and services to improve the quality of life for the people of Perth and Kinross.
  • Our Grant-giving – To be a responsive and engaged funder for organisations that develop, inspire and improve peoples’ lives, in particular children, young people and people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable, and/or to improve the availability or quality of the built and natural environment for wide community use.
  • People, Resources and Organisational Development – to strive for fairness, efficiency and effectiveness in the running of the Trust and to inspire and empower our staff and trustees, giving them the support and tools that they need to deliver the best possible outcomes for the Trust.

The Chief Executive will be expected to review these strategies with Trustees and prepare and implement related development plans.

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 of 7 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 have very effective, efficient, supportive and friendly staff, who work closely as a team. We also have a number of external advisers, especially relating to our sizeable investment portfolio of around £170m.

With a small but committed staff team, the role is both strategic and hands on, as set out in the attached role description. The Chief Executive will be expected to review and update strategies and develop and implement a three-year strategic plan, while running the core business, including grants, housing rentals and maintenance and other aspects of the estate, with his or her team, to a high standard.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

David M Gray