Board Trustee - Secretary

The David Livingstone Trust emerged from being the ‘sleeping partner’ in a now ended 17-year Tri-Partite Agreement with National Trust for Scotland and South Lanarkshire Council. This has been followed by the 3-year delivery of a £9.1m Capital Project to refurbish the Historic Buildings, museum exhibition, café, and shop at the Birthplace.

In July 2021 DLT opened a vibrant refreshed visitor destination telling the story of the remarkable life and heritage of David Livingstone. Our heritage includes Collections of international objects, dioramas, documents, and links to industrial history (the Blantyre Mill Books Library); two x 1785 Grade A Listed historic building; and 26 acres of natural heritage /parkland.

Summary

The David Livingstone Trust is looking for a new Trustee and Secretary to join our Board. Our Trustees are crucial to the work of the Trust and collectively, their backgrounds, skills and experience reflect the diversity of the Trust’s activities.

Description

The Trust has made good progress on implementing a robust governance structure in the last 12 months that is suitable for an operating Museum and Visitor Centre. The Trustee/Secretary role presents and exciting opportunity to play a vital role in embedding good governance across the organisation, with responsibility for Board and Committee administration. As the Trust’s principal administration officer, the Trustee/Secretary will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Trust’s legal requirements and regulatory and other governance obligations and acting as advisor to the Chair and the Board.

There are three Board meetings per year and between two and six meetings for the Board’s five committees, and ad hoc Task and Finish Groups as needed throughout the year.

Background

The Trust now needs to stand on its own feet and operate commercially. We have taken a very honest/realistic and conservative approach to revenue and are projecting an annual shortfall for which we have commissioned a fundraiser.

Experience

The David Livingstone Trust is looking for a new Trustee and Secretary to join our Board. Our Trustees are crucial to the work of the Trust and collectively, their backgrounds, skills and experience reflect the diversity of the Trust’s activities.

We are looking for candidates with a legal or company secretarial background and experience of governance and risk management who can join our other Trustees in demonstrating a commitment to the Trust and our work.

You would be joining the Trust at an important time as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and re-open the David Livingstone Birthplace Museum and Visitor Centre, following a £9.1 million grant-funded refurbishment.

Enquiries

If you are interested in applying for the role please contact Isabel Bruce, Chair of Trustees at isabel.bruce@dltrust.uk.

Application Closing Date

31 December 2021

Download Full Job Description

A full job description and details can be download 2021-09-company-secretary-role-trustee-r1.pdf (165 Kbytes) in PDF format.

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We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project. Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland

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