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  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Home based - Being located in the central belt of Scotland is preferred, however, not essential as digital attendance at meetings is available
  • Closing 3rd April 2023

  • Advertised from 6th March 2023


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Perth and Kinross Association has just marked 30 very successful years. As we move ahead we are seeking enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated people to join our Board of Trustees.

Would you like to help us grow further and achieve our mission of helping to improve the lives of young people with additional support needs?

About us:

A registered SCIO, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Perth and Kinross Association (PKDofE) provides young people and families in the Perth and Kinross local authority region with unique opportunities to discover themselves and build the confidence and skills they need to realise their potential.

Since August 2018 we have embarked on a unique and ambitious programme of direct, close support work with young people called the Starfish Way. Thanks to the wonderful owners of Megginch Castle, near Errol, the young people we support can enjoy the space and tranquillity of the walled garden, orchard, and wilder spaces of the estate whilst working towards certificated Awards.

Together, the Starfish Way, Megginch Castle and our team of dedicated and compassionate staff offer a safe, therapeutic and beautifully nurturing learning environment where young people can feel secure, find hope, grow in confidence and ultimately thrive and achieve.

By the end of a season with us, the vast majority of young people achieve either a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a John Muir Award, a First Aid certificate, a Saltire Award or a National Navigation Award. Often, more than one! Even just completing a section of an award can be a truly remarkable achievement which they may never have believed possible before, but which opens up a world of new possibilities and opportunities to them.

Our Board of Trustees:

At PKDofE, we have a wonderful team of hard working staff, a heart to make a difference, and a vision of how to do it. At the helm is a small but energetic Board of charity trustees who come from different backgrounds and bring a broad range of skills and experience to the organisation. The Board meets 4 times a year whilst also engaging with each other and staff digitally and in person on a regular basis.

Role and requirements:

We are seeking to grow our board and expand its skillset with enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated people who care deeply about helping young people to become the best they can be. As we move ahead and seek to deliver our new strategy, you will join at an exciting time.

We welcome interest from all career stages and backgrounds but we are particularly keen to recruit two individuals at this time with expertise in either Human Resources, Scottish charity governance or fundraising. Being a Duke of Edinburgh or John Muir Award holder is not a necessity, but an understanding and appreciation of the Award schemes is important.

Being located in the central belt of Scotland is preferred, however, not essential as digital attendance at meetings is available. The role is non-remunerated but reasonable expenses can be reimbursed with any training and induction provided.

Perth & Kinross Duke of Edinburgh Award is an inclusive charity and we welcome applications from people of all ages, and from all communities. No previous Trustee experience is needed.

Application notes

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter by email to PKDofE Trustee Elaine Howie (

We encourage pre-application informal enquiries; these should be directed to our current Chair of the Board, Robin Illsley ( Please provide a phone number with your enquiry as well as any suitable times so that the Chair may contact you for an informal conversation.