Chair of Board of Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • On site: Stirling
  • Closing 29th July 2024

  • Advertised from 8th July 2024


Paths for All, the leading voice for the promotion of physical activity and walking in Scotland, is seeking an exceptional leader to steer the charity through an exciting journey of change.

Our new Chair will see Paths for All establish an infrastructure supporting fundraising and income generation to help support walking programmes across Scotland as we deliver our ambitious ‘Step It Up’ strategy.

As Scotland’s national walking charity our mission is to encourage the people of Scotland to be physically active through walking. We know that walking (whether on foot or with a wheelchair or mobility aid) makes a valuable contribution to our physical, mental and social health. This is why we champion national walking programmes in schools, workplaces and communities and work in partnership to increase levels of physical activity, by helping to create inclusive, safe and attractive environments for walking.

The Chair will work with the trustees and senior management team to spearhead this mission, upholding Paths for All’s values and supporting the delivery of the strategy and new programmes that put walking at the heart of our communities across Scotland. They will ensure effective governance for the organisation, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and other trustees to build relationships and collaborate to ensure success.

The ideal candidate will have the following key experience:

  • A strong and visible passion and commitment to our mission to support the people of Scotland to be physically active through walking.
  • Experience as a trustee, ideally as a Chair.
  • Experience of fundraising or income generation.
  • The ability to demonstrate strategic leadership and strong inter-personal and relationship building skills.
  • Experience leading organisations through periods of development and change.
  • Ability to apply principles of good charity governance.
  • Understanding of the third sector.
  • Understanding and connections into the Scottish Government.
  • Eligible to be a Director at Companies House

About the Board

Paths for All board meet on a quarterly basis held in-person and take place at the Barracks conference centre within an accessible building in a central location in Stirling. The venue is close to the railway station and has parking nearby.

Our Quarterly Board meetings generally take place from 10am to 1pm, including lunch. In addition to the quarterly board meetings and AGM, we have a staffing and finance subgroup and an outcomes subgroup, both of which are led by the Chair and which meet online as and when required. In total, the Chair role requires an average time commitment of around 1-2 days per month, to allow for regular meetings with the Chief Executive Officer and attendance at relevant events in addition to Board meetings.

About us

Paths for All is one of Scotland’s leading charities. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to be active every day. With your support, we can make sure we create a happier, healthier, and greener Scotland. Our office is located in Kintail House, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK81QZ a short walk from Stirling train station.

We work in partnership with national organisations who share our vision of Scotland being a walking nation.

Application notes

Further information on how to contact Kevin Lafferty, Chief Executive Officer to discuss the role and how to apply can be found on our website:

Application Closing Date: 5pm on 29th July 2024