As an independent Scottish charity, we are governed by a Board that is responsible for overseeing the management of the organisation and determining its overall policies.
The Board is made up of volunteers with a wide range of skills and backgrounds including:
What they share is overwhelming commitment to the aims of Friends of the Earth and a willingness to give up their time to help the organisation work effectively.
View our current list of Board members.
The Board has a number of duties to carry out including:
They aim to represent the interests of Friends of the Earth Scotland members as expressed through the AGM and other consultations.
If you are a member, you can email us or call the office on 0131 243 2700 if you would like the board meeting minutes sent to you.
Members are elected at our Annual General Meeting each year, normally for a 3 year term. They can also be co-opted on the Board at any time if special skills are needed.
Nominees need to have been members of Friends of the Earth Scotland for at least a year and to be nominated by two other members.
The full Board meets 4 times a year. There is an Executive of office bearers, which meets more frequently, and short life hoc groups can be set up to pursue various tasks.
The Executive is made up of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, the Chief Executive, one staff representaive and two other Board members. This group meets between Board meetings to take any necessary interim decisions and support the Chief Executive.
The Board aims to encourage a balance of skills, expertise, backgrounds, and geographical spread. All Board members are expected to subscribe in writing to the principles of corporate working and to accept the financial, legal and other accountability responsibilities that go with serving on the Board of a charity. The Board is not the vehicle for pursuit of single interest campaigning.
Board members need to be, or be willing to be trained in, basic financial reporting and accounting procedures and protocols; and to understand and accept the principles of strategic planning and direction.
Standing orders presently set a maximum of 15 Board members (excluding cooptees). Cooptees are appointed by the Board to provide specialist skills to support the organisation its work. They serve for up to a year at a time and do not have voting rights.
All board members are volunteers but Board members can claim for reasonable public transport travel costs.
If you would like more information about the Board and how to stand for election contact us on 0131 243 2700
A nomination pack is available which gives much more information about the roles and duties of Board members and the training and support that is provided to new members.