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Trustees at Robert Burns Ellisland Trust

Part time, Two days per month 

Contract: Maximum of six years, single term is three years 

Location: Remote 

Closing date 31st December 2023


About the role

The Robert Burns Ellisland Trust is recruiting to its board of trustees, including a Chair of the Board. These appointments are critical to strengthen and develop the trust at an exciting time in their history. They are moving forward as a newly accredited museum and embarking on an ambitious plan to develop the heritage site as a cultural destination of international significance. This will require the Trust to raise significant funds, support the maintenance and development of the farm buildings and collection and monitor and manage a major capital project.

Trustees have an active role in managing and helping fundraise for the work of the Trust.



Overview of Responsibilities

They will be expected to:

  • Offer firm strategic direction to the organisation.
  • Set overall policy.
  • Define goals.
  • Set targets.
  • Evaluate performance against agreed targets to safeguard the good name,
    and values of the organisation.
  • Ensure the financial stability and efficient administration of the organisation.
  • Protect and manage the property of the trust.
  • Ensure appropriate investment of the Trust’s funds.
  • Appoint any officers and monitor their performance.
  • In general comply with all trustee fiduciary duties under charity law.

They will also need to demonstrate:

  • Preparedness to be involved directly in management supervision and
    fundraising for the Trust.
  • Business acumen.
  • A strong sense of accountability.
  • Ability to think strategically.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Board level experience of the private or public sector is also desirable.
  • Knowledge of and passion for Dumfries and Galloway.

The trust is specifically looking for trustees with some of the following skills and experience:

  • Fundraising
  • Project management
  • Business development
  • Tourism and economic development
  • Local and/or national government
  • Accountancy
  • Working with trusts and foundations
  • Working with individual giving
  • Cultural heritage
  • Marketing and communications specific to the cultural sector
  • Education and community development
  • Charity governance
  • Legal issues
  • Human resources

Job Contact Details

To apply: Please e-mail a one-page expression of interest outlining your skills and past experience, why the experience outlined would benefit the Ellisland Trust, and why you want to join. Email to

Closing date 31st December 2023.