Recruitment of Chair and 3 Board Members

Recruitment of Chair and 3 Board Members
Social Investment Scotland

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is the largest not for profit provider of business loans to the third sector in Scotland as well as being a social enterprise and registered charity.

SIS is also Scotland’s, and one of the UK’s, largest Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI). A CDFI makes loans and other repayable investments to charities, community organisations and social enterprises that may find it difficult to access finance from other sources.

We were established in 2001 by the Scottish Government and the main commercial banks who each provided capital; RBS, Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB, Clydesdale. In 2009 further capital was provided by the Co-operative Bank.

Our sole focus is to support growth in Scotland’s communities by providing a range of finance products. We invest in third sector organisations that have the capability to make sustainable social impacts and our loan funds have already helped hundreds of charities, community organisations and social enterprises across Scotland. Currently, SIS is supporting local job creation, community engagement and economic development in almost every city, town and region nationwide.

The Scottish Government, as well as other support bodies within the third sector were also actively involved in our conception. Since 2008, Social Investment Scotland has been the fund manager of the Scottish Investment Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government which is the largest fund of its kind in Scotland.

Further information on Social Investment Scotland can be found by clicking here.

The roles

We are now looking for a new Chairman to replace Alf Young who has indicated that he will step down in early 2013; an ambassador with media, government and stakeholders and someone who is able to shape and support the development of our long term business strategy, ensuring governance and financial management. Further detail can be found as follows:

Job Description

The Herald – Article from 1st September 2012 on Alastair Davis, Chief Executive
We are also looking to recruit 3 Board Members to help provide strategic input.

Suitable candidates will have good experience and understanding of the role of the Board in providing strategic guidance rather than operational input.  They will have strong strategic planning and analytical skills, comfortable in challenging the status quo, whilst able to provide constructive feedback in a Board environment.

We are particularly seeking applicants with expertise in banking, legal, SME / blue chip and the social enterprise / third sector.  A strong interest in the role of social enterprise is considered essential.

Although prior Trustee / Non Executive Director experience is not essential, candidates should already have significant experience of working beyond their own organisations in professional or business networks or similar organisations.  They should have strong communications skills, and be comfortable to use these in the role of an ambassador for Social Investment Scotland.

The positions require a minimum commitment to attend 4 half day Board meetings annually and you may also be asked to contribute to relevant sub committees or special projects as appropriate.

Application and the Process

If you have any queries please contact Donogh O’Brien or Katy Gall on 0141 227 7550.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter / supporting statement to Katy Gall by email – or by post to Munro Consulting Ltd, Monteith House, 11 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DY quoting reference G666.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given on their CV and supporting documents against job description. We would therefore 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 details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent).

Please note that you will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours – if you do not receive this please contact Katy Gall.


The dates for panel interview are to be confirmed. Please note that the appointments are likely to commence from the end of November.