Charity seeks young trustees

Scotland’s rural charity – RSABI - has launched a new programme to encourage young people to get involved with the organisation’s board.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 7:00 am

The charity, which supports people in Scottish agriculture, is now accepting applications from people aged 18 to 30 for its trainee trustee programme with the aim of extending the diversity of its board of directors.

The 12-month programme will allow young people to shadow the charity’s trustees and participate in board, committee and staff meetings – all virtually while restrictions are in place, with additional support and mentoring from the organisation’s staff and board members.

“RSABI’s trustees play a vital role in the running of the charity, using their experience and insight to help us best support people in Scottish agriculture. We’re keen to see more young people volunteering with the charity at board level, which is why we’ve launched this new programme,” said Nina Clancy, the chief executive.

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She said the organisation was looking for enthusiastic young people but they didn’t need to have a background in farming or crofting to apply - just a real interest in the role and the work of RSABI.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a good cause as well as enhancing your CV with new and improved skills,” said Clancy.

RSABI chair, David Leggat added: “I think our trainee trustees will bring new ideas and insights to the board. We hope the programme will help them to gain the skills, experience and confidence to consider applying to be a full trustee in the future.”