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The Scottish Crannog Centre Trustee (Finance)

The Scottish Crannog Centre
Trustee (Finance)
Voluntary post - Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Situated on the stunning banks of Loch Tay, the Scottish Crannog Centre offers visitors the most incredible museum experience. You are invited to walk in the footsteps of the original Crannog dwellers and experience what village life was like in times of yore, including a look inside a replica roundhouse.

Following 15 years of planning and a newly approved community asset transfer of land, the charity is about to embark on a multi-million pound relocation and expansion to create one of Scotland’s foremost visitor attractions. The plans offer significant socio-economic benefit for the area too so this is truly a dynamic, ambitious and transformative project.

To support the organisation through this developmental phase, the Board of Trustees wish to recruit a new Trustee with significant and senior finance expertise. This role would primarily suit someone who is semi or fully retired as there is an additional requirement to support the staff team to review finance systems and processes and make these fit for the future.

If you are passionate about Scotland’s history and heritage and would love to be instrumental in bringing these plans alive then please contact BTA for more information.

Closing Date: Sunday 9th August
Interview Dates: w/c 17th August 2020

Vision: To be a national treasure loved and admired by all, with social justice at its heart.

Mission: As a community, we will care for and make accessible the finds of Scottish crannog excavations and to interpret the lives of Crannog dwellers for the benefit, enjoyment and inspiration of all.

The Scottish Crannog Trust is owned and operated by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology, which is a registered charity. STUA was formed to promote the research, recording and preservation of Scotland's underwater heritage. It aims to continue its research into the rich and exciting history which still awaits discovery in Scotland's lochs.

Loch Tay is the site of pioneering archaeological investigations into the Early Iron Age (800-400BC) when as many as 17 crannogs were believed to exist around the loch. Archaeologists from the Trust have been diving to explore these since 1980. The Crannog Centre's recreated loch-dwelling at Kenmore was built as an experiment, based on excavation results from the 2,500-year-old Oakbank Crannog located off the village of Fearnan on the north shore of Loch Tay.  The Centre brings the archaeological evidence to life. The Centre is an MGS accredited museum that houses a unique collectionofartefacts retrieved from the loch bed. The visitor experience, delivered by a diverse, skilled, values-driven team, is seen to be sector leading. 
Full information about the Centre’s activities is available on the website at

The Future

STUA is about to embark on a new and exciting phase to achieve an ambition of more than 15 years in the making.. A recent agreement for a community asset transfer of 4 hectares of land at Dalerb, situated on the opposite shore of Loch Tay, means a new state of the art multi-million-pound museum will be built to make a world-class heritage site. The legal agreement is expected to finalised by September.

The plans are extensive and will transform the offering. The museum will attract an estimated 50,000 visitors per year and create 50 jobs. 
At one end of the Tay stands the V&A Museum, while at the other end of Scotland’s most powerful river will be Scotland’s most sustainable museum, with the same ambition and potential of the V&A but, STUA believes, with a very special sense of place and belonging.

You can read the full vision statement by going to:

The Board of Trustees

There are currently 10 highly skilled Trustees serving on the Board:

• Nicholas Grant FCIPR (Chair) 
Management Consultant and Public Affairs Adviser 
• Fiona Ballantyne OBE (Vice-Chair) 
Former Chair, Museums Galleries Scotland, former Trustee OSCR 
• Professor Gordon Cook 
Deputy Director, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre 
• Councillor John Duff 
Highland Ward Member, Perth & Kinross Council 
• Peter Ely 
Chair, Kenmore Community Council, former civil servant (National Audit Office) 
• Dr Charlotte Flower 
Former Chair, Birks Cinema Trust, Aberfeldy and OXFAM 
• Simon Marchant 
International Education Consultant, Human Rights Observer in the Middle East 
• Becca McClune 
Heritage Learning Officer, Perth Museum and Art Gallery 
• Sarah-Manning Shaw 
Programme Director, Edinburgh Printmakers 
• Dr Michael Stratigos 
Research Fellow, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre 

The role of Trustee (Finance)
To support the growth and development of the charity, not least in its financial systems and processes, the Board is looking for an additional Trustee with a senior-level finance background. Ideally, you would be a chartered accountant with experience in contract negotiations. Your previous professional experience can be in the private, public or third sector. 
The Board meets six times a year in Aberfeldy, usually on a Monday evening, although this can be changed if necessary to attract the right candidate. You will be required to attend a majority if not all the Board meetings, although additional time will be required initially in helping the Chair, Director and two p/t financial staff devise new financial systems appropriate to a £6m development. You may also be involved in national-level negotiations with major funding organisations. Due to the time commitment required, this may be more suitable to someone who is semi or fully retired. 

How To Apply
If you feel you have the skills required for this role and embrace the ambition and vision of this project, then please contact our recruitment team today for further information.
Please email us at or call us on 01786 542 224 to register your interest in this role. 

You are advised to get in touch well in advance of the closing date to give us time to consider your application and pre-interview the strongest applicants.

Closing Date: Sunday 9th August

Interview Dates: w/b 17th August 2020

This search is being conducted exclusively for The Scottish Crannog Centre by BTA (Bruce Tait Associates). Our leadership team has all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.