Join the Craft Scotland Board

Join Craft Scotland's Board to support the development of an inspiring and creative sector.   

Deadline: 11 Feb 2022


3 year term (renewable for a further 3 years)
Responsible to:
Job Description & Capability Profile:
Key dates:
Closing date:
Friday 11 February 2022
How To Apply:

Online application form via Wufoo.


We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome new members to our creative and supportive Board. We are keen to broaden our expertise and perspectives, as we develop new and exciting ways to support, develop and promote craft into the future. Full details can be found in the Candidate Information Pack.
Deadline for receipt of applications: 5pm, Friday 11 February 2022
Interviews: Wednesday 2 March and/or Friday 4 March 2022

The Craft Scotland Board is responsible for shaping strategy, monitoring progress and ensuring robust and compliant operation. Together with the Director and senior staff we regularly review the programme, explore the wider landscape and jointly develop new strategy and plans.


Non-executive directors have fiduciary duties under company and charity law, including legal, financial and employment matters, policy, planning and effective management.


Whilst day-to-day duties are largely delegated to the staff team (following an approved scheme of delegation), the ultimate responsibility for effectiveness lies with the Board.


The current Board includes people with experience in strategy, governance, management, finances, education, digital, fundraising and marketing, as well as professionals from the craft sector. We are committed, knowledgeable – and friendly! We also know we want to grow and change.


There are currently three Board places available, as members have completed their terms of office, with a further two places by the end of 2022. We are keen to welcome people who can bring fresh perspectives, are passionate about craft, creativity or design, and can help us deliver our ambitions.



More information


Please download the Candidate Information Pack for full information about Craft Scotland's Board, including benefits of joining, criteria and board roles and responsibilities. 



Alternative formats: Application Pack & Guidance 

Download a simplified version for screen readers (Downloads a Word document).





Who are we looking for?


We are particularly looking for people with experience in one or more of the following:


  • Financial management, preferably with formal Accountancy qualifications
  • Entrepreneurial income generation, commercial or trading activity
  • Fundraising
  • Addressing Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professional making/designing


and also:


  • Sustainability and tackling the climate emergency
  • Developing learning, outreach and community engagement
  • International networks and impact
  • Promoting wellbeing, including mental health and resilience
  • Communications and digital, including developing wider audiences
  • Individuals with CEO experience at a similar scale of organisation


who will bring:


  • Diversity of thought, experience, background, age and geographic spread



Board balance


We periodically assess the make-up of our Board using a matrix to assess skills, knowledge and experience, demographic mix and geographic reach. This helps us recognise strengths, identify gaps and prioritise areas for Board development and recruitment. Our latest audit, and our developing strategic priorities, underlined a need for additional expertise and the need to enrich our team. We are keen to connect with and learn from other perspectives and networks, especially those currently under-represented on public bodies, including those who may be:



  • People with diverse lived experience – being Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and/or a Person of Colour, refugee, d/Deaf, LGBTQIA+, under 50, or living with a disability: we welcome a range of backgrounds to bring real diversity of thought and experience. Our current Board and team are majority white, cisgender and non-disabled, and we believe our work will be stronger with input from people who bring different perspectives. No-one is expected to represent specific groups, but to bring their full self, life experience and unique lens.


  • Based across the full breadth of Scotland or beyond. We can find ways to enable participation, including reimbursing appropriate travel expenses, considering caring responsibilities when scheduling, and using online video or conference calling to minimise time, cost and carbon emissions. We will support you to participate as a Board member whether you are based in Scotland, the UK or elsewhere.


  • Professional curators, craft industry professionals and makers, designers and artists living and working in Scotland and beyond. This includes people working in one or more of Craft Scotland’s supported disciplines, and those who are producing work which: demonstrates excellence and the unique vision of its maker; is originally conceived and skilfully made; and is designed and made either by the maker or through small-batch production under direct supervision.


You may not have worked for a cultural or creative organisation before, or been a Board member previously, but do not let that put you off! Many skills are transferable, and we offer a warm and supportive environment of allies, including a ‘Board Buddy’ scheme and training for new trustees. Contact details are below if you would like an exploratory conversation.


How to apply


If this opportunity interests you, please provide us with:


  • Either a covering letter (maximum two sides of A4), or a simple 5-minute video, which explains why you are interested in Craft Scotland. Additionally sets out what knowledge, skills and experience you would bring to the Board and what you would like to gain from your involvement.


  • A current CV (maximum two sides of A4).


Applicants should apply through the Craft Scotland online application form via Wufoo.



We also ask you to complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Survey (voluntary).



Interested, but not quite sure?


We also welcome informal conversations with anyone who would prefer to take a little longer to get to know us. Perhaps you would like to take some time to build your confidence, develop your understanding of Board roles or the organisation/sector?


Craft Scotland will have a further two Board places available late-2022 and we would be delighted to get to know you. Please get in touch, contact details below.  


Any questions? 

If you have questions or would like a brief exploratory chat before applying, please contact:



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