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Welcome from John Lauder, National Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director for Scotland (maternity cover) here at Sustrans in Edinburgh.

We have grown considerably in Scotland over the last couple of years and have a passionate and skilled team who will join you in support of our mission to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. 

We are looking for someone who can provide outstanding leadership and guidance to our teams during this period of maternity cover. Someone who has a strong track record of delivery both personally and through multi-disciplinary teams, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with our partners and stakeholders. In return you will join an amazing charity where you will see the impact of your work making a positive difference to society.

We offer flexible working practices across our workforce and our teams are friendly and supportive. We really listen and make time for innovation through our people-centred management culture. We are very proud of the results of our annual staff survey for 2019 which put us in the top third of employers who measure Employee Net Promoter Score with our highest scoring question being “how much do you feel you are treated with respect at work?”.

If this sounds like an opportunity not to be missed, we look forward to receiving your application.

Best wishes,
John Lauder


About Sustrans

Who we are

We are Sustrans. We are the charity that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle. Since 1977 when a group of friends in Bristol formed an action group to challenge the growing dominance of cars on our streets we have been making journeys safer and empowering people to make travel choices which are good for them, their neighbourhoods and the environment.

Across the UK we have over 600 staff and over 3,200 volunteers who are rooted in the communities where we work. We are the founder and custodian of the National Cycle Network, a network of signed paths and routes for walking, cycling and exploring outdoors. The Network spans the UK, connecting people and places and providing traffic free spaces for everyone to enjoy.

As a practical, impact led charity, Sustrans works in partnership, bringing people together to find the right solutions. We make the case for walking and cycling by using robust evidence and showing what can be done. We are grounded in communities and believe that grassroots support combined with political leadership drives real change, fast.

Over the next five years our priority will be working with others to revitalise the National Cycle Network and make our cities and towns more liveable for everyone.

Our Vision

How We Work

Our Strategic Priorities

Our Values


Our Work in Scotland

Sustrans delivers a suite of competitive, project-based funding for infrastructure to make it easier people to walk and cycle in Scotland.  We also deliver a range of behaviour change projects in schools, communities and workplaces throughout Scotland. These projects and funding streams are funded by Transport Scotland.  They have been developed over the past 14 years with input from local authorities across the country.

Sustrans adds value to every project it supports, through the meaningful partnerships forged with local authorities and community groups, and as an independent charity stakeholder with expertise in community engagement, behaviour change and design.

More information can be found below:


Position Overview

Sustrans Scotland, Director (Maternity cover until approx. April 2021)

Salary: £56,559 per annum

Location: Edinburgh

Hours: 37.5 per week


Sustrans has an exciting opportunity for someone who cares about sustainability and wants to make a difference. As Director, you will be responsible for operational delivery, leading staff and managing resources to deliver Sustrans Scotland’s business plan. In this varied role, you’ll also:

Reporting to the Deputy CEO of Sustrans, who is based in Edinburgh, the successful candidate should have experience managing teams, strong budget management skills and a track record of successfully delivering projects. The role may require occasional travel throughout Scotland and the UK.

More information on the role can be found within the documents below:


How to Apply

We trust that you have found the information on this site both useful and informative. For a confidential discussion please contact Debbie Shields or Emma McEneaney at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please send a comprehensive submission which should include:

These should be uploaded by clicking here.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given on their CV and supporting documents against the role description. We would ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements.

We would also be grateful if your covering letter / supporting statement could include the following information:

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



We have provided below a note of the critical dates within this recruitment campaign which will help you plan your diary:

Closing date for applications

Monday 20th January 2020  


Tuesday 11th February 2020