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Board Members (Volunteer)

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Hybrid: Scotland wide -most meetings in Glasgow but potential to join remotely
  • Closing 1st July 2024

  • Advertised from 30th May 2024


Are you interested in joining our Board? Can your skills and experience support us in furthering our aims and objectives?

We want Scotland to be the best place for refugees to thrive, challenge injustice, achieve their ambitions and empower their communities, no matter where they have come from or how they arrived. Are you interested in joining our Board to help achieve this ambition as we approach our 40th year?

Scottish Refugee Council is Scotland’s national refugee charity working with people from the refugee and asylum-seeking communities to offer support and advice to individuals and families, promote community integration, stand up for refugee rights and campaign for a fairer and more humane asylum system. We coordinate the annual Refugee Festival, which takes place in June and work in close partnership with organisations across the voluntary, statutory and private sectors. We are committed to strengthening refugee voice and influence and aim for our Board, staff and volunteers to reflect the communities we work with.

As a number of Board members reach the end of their current term this year, we are specifically aiming to recruit board members with any or all of the following skills and experience:

  • Finance, accounting and risk management to join our Finance and Audit committee,
  • Service delivery in the refugee or related sector such as advice, housing etc.
  • Fundraising

Your skills and experience may be gained through the workplace or through voluntary work. Commitment to the rights and welfare of refugees and a willingness to work collaboratively, bringing your experience to the role, are what matter most. All new Board Members will attend an induction and be offered training and mentoring support.

The Board meets four times a year in Glasgow and we support virtual as well as in-person attendance. You will also attend an annual Strategy Away Day and our AGM in October. You will be expected where possible to take part in one of the three sub-committees (Finance and Audit, Staffing, Strategy and Development) and encouraged to attend community and campaign events when you can. This role is unpaid but travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Your commitment

  • The board meets 4 times a year, including a strategy day held annually.
  • Our Annual General Meeting
  • Members are required where possible to take part in one of the three sub-committees (Finance and Audit, People, Strategy and Development) that support the Board. The committee meet 3-4 times per year.
  • Governance and other related training will be offered
  • Our headquarters are in Glasgow but meetings can be joined virtually and suitable IT support can be provided.
  • This role is unpaid however, travel and other reasonable expenses will be fully reimbursed.

Application notes

Closing date: Monday, 1st July 2024

Interview date: Expected w/c 8th July 2024

For an informal chat about these roles with our Chair email

Visit out website to find out more and to apply.

Scottish Refugee Council is working towards being an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all members of the community, irrespective of age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex and sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership status.

Scottish Refugee Council is a Registered Charity. Charity Number: SC008639