Join our board

We are currently looking for both people with and without lived experience of care to join our board.

Background

Who Cares? Scotland is Scotland’s only membership organisation for Care Experienced people.  We’ve been operating since 1978 and our mission is to secure “a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.”  Care Experienced people can refer to anyone who is or has been in care in any setting.  This might include kinship care; looked after at home; residential care; foster care; secure care; or adoption.

Our Board of Directors brings together a range of expertise, skills and experience which helps to shape the objectives, strategy and policy of the organisation.   Find out more about our work by checking out our Board Application Process 2020 document.

WCS Board Member Application Process 2020

What are we looking for in a board member?

Expectations of all Board members

  • Passionate about making our vision of “A Lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people” a reality.
  • Able to attend at least four board meetings a year in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, sub-committee meetings and a number of events throughout the year where there will be the opportunity to meet and listen to our members.
  • Has the capacity to make a meaningful contribution to fulfilling the Board’s responsibilities, including:
    • Setting the vision of Who Cares? Scotland
    • Monitoring our strategic direction and policies
    • Maintaining proper financial oversight
    • Ensuring we comply with the law and our organisational constitution
    • Building a strong relationship between the Board, the staff and the membership
  • No previous experience of being on a board is necessary as full support and training will be provided.
  • All board members must adhere to the board Code of Conduct at all times.

Specific expectations of board members who have care experience

  • Are already a member of Who Cares? Scotland
  • Committed to representing the views of Care Experienced people.
  • Keen to take up opportunities to learn new skills relevant to the governance role.

Specific expectations of board members who do not have care experience

  • Passionate about supporting the development of Care Experienced board members
  • Brings particular expertise to the board. This could be in the spheres of HR, finance, law or another area that is relevant to our work.

 

The Recruitment Process

  • The first stage of the recruitment process is to submit a personal statement by Sunday 5 January.
  • The second stage will involve interviews with our current board members and some of our Care Experienced members.
  • The final stage of recruitment is our AGM, which will be held in Glasgow in February 2019, date to be determined. Any candidates who have made it through the first two stages will be invited to make a short presentation to our members and answer their questions before members vote on whether to accept their nomination to the Board.

 Salary

The role is voluntary but we will cover reasonable out-of-pocket and travel expenses. 

How to apply

Please email a personal statement to board@whocaresscotland.org by Sunday 5 January which includes details of:

  • Why you want to be on the board
  • What you think you can bring to the role
  • Any relevant background and experience
  • How you’ve worked so far to make “A Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people” a reality.

Any questions?

Contact Rebecca Kayne at board@whocaresscotland.org or 0141 226 4441.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities and funding partners, who make our work possible
Who Cares? Scotland Funding Partners