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Children in Scotland’s Chief Executive Jude Turbyne explains why becoming a board member of the charity could be such great opportunityour aim to appoint five new trustees including two young directors – and what you need to do to apply. 

It's a great time to be working in the children’s sector in Scotland. The incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law is on the horizon, the Promise is seeking to make radical changes to the way we care for our children and as a nation we now have ambitious targets for the reduction of child poverty. As Scotland’s largest national membership body for individuals and organisations seeking to improve the lives of children and young people, Children in Scotland has an important role to play in helping ensure that collectively we can deliver on these positive promises.  

We are currently looking to appoint new members to our board. This is a great opportunity to join a supportive and dynamic board of a national charity. As an organisation we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all our work and, through this recruitment, will be seeking to bring people with diverse skills and backgrounds on to the board. As part of that drive, we are actively trying to change the age profile of our board:  we want at least two of the new appointments to be younger directors (up to the age of 26).    

We have developed a supportive board environment so, if this is your first time putting yourself forward as a charity trustee, this could be the right place for you.  All new directors will be given the induction and ongoing support necessary to be able to fully contribute to the board and its decision-making. 

We would be particularly pleased to hear from people who have skills in the areas of Children’s Rights, Finance and Fundraising.  However, if you don‘t have these specific skills and experience, please continue to read on.  If you are enthusiastic, committed and have an interesting set of skills to bring to the board, you still might be the right person for us.   

If you are interested, please have a look at the application pack. If you want to have a further chat about this, please email our Administrative Coordinator Laura McKale at and we can arrange a call.

All we will need from you in terms of applying is a CV, a short covering letter (600 words) and our ‘Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form’. If you would rather send a video or a voice note rather than a letter, then we would be delighted to accept that.

Judith Turbyne is Children in Scotland's Chief Executive Officer.

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Children in Scotland Chief Executive Jackie Brock to step down from role

3 March 2021

Children in Scotland’s Chief Executive Jackie Brock will be stepping down from her post in the spring.

Announcing her decision, Jackie said:

“After more than eight very happy years as Children in Scotland’s Chief Executive, I am moving on to explore new opportunities and interests. It has been my privilege to work for Children in Scotland and its members.

“I am particularly proud that we have weathered this past year brilliantly. We are in an excellent position to plan now for new leadership to develop our long-term, sustainable future.

“I will remain as Children in Scotland’s Chief Executive until May when I am pleased to say that I will be taking a short-term role with The Promise team as their Chief Operations Officer with oversight of the transition to a new legal entity.

“My sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone I have had the pleasure of working with during my time as Chief Executive, with particular thanks to the wonderful individuals who make up our staff team and Board of Directors, past and present.

"I hope that we can and will continue to work closely together in the future.”

The Convener of the Children in Scotland Board of Directors, Maureen McGinn CBE, added:

"Jackie has been an outstanding leader of Children in Scotland but we respect that the time is right for her to move on and for us to develop and progress with a new Chief Executive.

"We will announce open recruitment arrangements for the Chief Executive role in a few weeks."

Arrangements, which have been approved by Children in Scotland’s Board, will be put in place to cover the period following Jackie’s departure, with responsibilities shared by three department heads in the charity’s Leadership Team.

Sally Cavers, Head of Inclusion; Simon Massey, Head of Engagement and Learning; and Amy Woodhouse, Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, will assume the roles of Joint Acting Chief Executives from 1 May until a new Chief Executive is in post.

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