Become a Church of Scotland Assembly Trustee

Can you bring your professional expertise and passion for the Church to a rewarding role as an Assembly Trustee? Would you like to share your skills and knowledge to serve on a recently created body within the Church of Scotland?

Following on from the 2019 General Assembly, the Assembly Trustees were set up in recognition that the existing structures could not deliver on the changes that were needed. As an Assembly Trustee, you will be directly involved in ensuring the agencies of the Church are working to deliver the policies, projects, and strategic objectives of the General Assembly.

Four of the first trustees must retire in May 2020 and their skills must be replaced with equally enthusiastic Church members. We are particularly looking for individuals who can bring experience of finance, human resources, grant making, civil law, or IT.

Our aim is that the make up of the Assembly Trustees reflects the membership of the Church and the interests of those we serve, and so we seek to ensure we have the appropriate diversity with the Assembly Trustees.

The recruitment pack, which details the context for the role, the role description, and other information including the remit of the Assembly Trustees can be found below.

If you would like to help us advertise this position in your local church, please download this recruitment poster.

Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 26 February 2020

Interviews: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March 2020

Purpose of the role

Assembly Trustees hold the role of charity trustees. They are responsible for the charity's governance and strategy and ensuring the charity is administered effectively. This involves the Trustees accounting for the activities and outcomes of the agencies of the Church.

In general terms, you must seek, in good faith, to ensure that the Church operates in a manner consistent with its purposes and you yourself act with care and diligence.

Your role is one of oversight, with employed staff responsible for operational management of their area of work, overseen by the Chief Officer.

Key responsibilities

Your role is to use your professional skills and experience alongside your personal gifts to support the work of the Assembly Trustees in developing and delivering on the objectives and aims of the wider Church. Through active contribution you will help to ensure that the Trustees are compliant with all areas of legislation, policy, and procedure by reaching sound and structured decisions. You will do this by participating in an engaged way in decision making and ensuring effective oversight and scrutiny through robust questioning and broad thinking.

Time commitment

Currently, the Trustees meet once a month, from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm in Edinburgh. Trustees who can not make the journey to Edinburgh can also join meetings remotely.

You may be asked to serve on a sub-committee or act as a liaison trustee to a department within the national offices. You will also need to have time in advance of the monthly meetings to read papers and contribute via phone and email to correspondence relating to the work of the trustees.


This is a voluntary role; however, associated expenses will be met.

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