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Trustee Recruitment


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, although we have yet to experience a full operational year across all services, with closures and restrictions still in place for part of the last year.  The following metrics note the pre Covid levels and our recovery towards these.

Visits to Leisure Centres up 9.8% to 600,066 since 2014/15 (Recovery level:  50%)

Monthly Gym memberships up 29% at 2,901 since 2014/15 (Recovery level:  79%)

Swimming Lessons up 3.3% to 2,597 on 2014/15 (Recovery level:  94%)

Professional Theatre attendances up 100% since 2014/15 (Recovery level:  73%)

Library physical visits remained at similar level at 485,399 since 2014/15 (Recovery level:  15%)

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

The Role – Trustee

Our Trustees are responsible for making sure that the Trust is administered effectively, and in a manner consistent with its charitable purposes, and that it is able to account for its activities and outcomes to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, its funding partners and to the public. They also contribute to the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. Ideally the successful candidate will have skills, capability and / or experience of operating at a senior capacity within a Board.

Additional Board responsibilities include:

  • Setting strategic direction and policy;
  • Determining the direction of the Trust by agreeing plans and objectives;
  • Governing the Trust by establishing broad policies and overseeing their implementation;
  • Establishing the availability of adequate financial resources, including approving annual budgets;
  • Ensuring compliance to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, and any other legislation or areas of compliance;
  • Accounting to the stakeholders for the Trust’s performance;
  • Maintaining proper relationships with the local and national government, funders, sponsors and the general public;
  • Selecting, appointing, supporting and reviewing the performance of the chief executive;
  • Monitoring performance of trustees and management.

Trustees are appointed for a maximum term of four years and may serve a further term of four years.

The current Board has identified a wide range of skills and knowledge that it believes are necessary for effective governance. They are:

  • Governance
  • Legal
  • Sports, Arts and Culture
  • Marketing / Communications
  • Media Relations and / or Journalism
  • HR
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Education
  • Fundraising
  • Charity / Not-for-profit

More information can be found in the documents below:

How to Apply

If you would like to discuss the role in further detail please contact Catriona Mackie or David Currie 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 Katy Gall on 0141 212 7555.