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CAS Board: External Trustee wanted!

Are you an experienced professional, looking to utilise your skills, experience and knowledge to help others?  Do you want to undertake a Trustee role where your efforts will make a genuinely positive change to people’s lives?

In 2019-20 the Citizens Advice Service network helped over 186,000 clients in Scotland and dealt with almost 659,000 advice issues within the UK.  With support from the network, clients gained over £170 million while our self-help website Advice in Scotland received approximately 4.1 million page views.

The Citizens Advice network, comprising Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), Citizens Advice Bureaux (CABs), the Extra Help Unit (EHU), and the Advice in Scotland website, form Scotland’s largest independent advice and advocacy network. CAS is the umbrella organisation for Scotland’s network of 59 member CABs. These bureaux deliver front-line advice services at 280 service points across the country, from the city centres of Glasgow and Edinburgh to the Highlands, Islands and rural Borders communities.  The EHU provides helps vulnerable consumers resolve disputes relating to the provision of energy supplies.

Our work encapsulates the entire geography of Scotland and every demographic: we look at the problems people bring to our advice services, and campaign for change where it’s needed most.  So when we speak out about something, it’s because it matters to people – whether it’s limiting the damaging effects of welfare reform, or making sure payday loan companies can’t ruin lives. 

In order that we can maintain the governance structure of the organisation, we are seeking an experienced and motivated person from outside the Citizens Advice service to join our Board of Trustees.

In particular, we are keen to appoint an individual with the knowledge and experience of:

  • governance, in particular within networked organisations and / or
  • senior level financial governance.

This is a highly rewarding position, where you can help make strategic decisions whilst ensuring the highest level of governance and service to those people who need independent advice the most.

We welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities, and in particular those that are currently underrepresented on our Board including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, candidates with disabilities and female candidates.

There is a full information pack about the organisation, position and application process here.  However, if you have any direct questions or indeed want to help determine your suitability to the position, please email governance@cas.org.uk and we can arrange a discussion in complete confidence.

Closing date: 21 April 2021