A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

LAS seeks new Trustees

Literature Alliance Scotland seeks to appoint two new Trustees and welcome expressions of interest from potential candidates – and particularly from those with a specialist knowledge of education, and Scots.

A description of the positions and the candidates’ qualities sought follows.

As LAS is a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation), the positions are unpaid, however, reasonable out of pocket expenses will be met.

If you would like to join our Board of Trustees, please send a CV and a short letter to LAS Chair Peggy Hughes on admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk telling us why you’d like to get involved and what you think you can offer.

The deadline for applications is 23 March 2018.

Information about being a Trustee for LAS

About LAS

LAS is a membership organisation, which is committed to advancing the interests of literature and languages at home and abroad. It is Scotland’s largest network for literature and languages, of more than 30 member organisations, bringing together writers, publishers, educators, librarians, literature organisations and national cultural bodies.

Our vision is that LAS is a trusted, strong collective voice for Scotland’s literature and languages, which are celebrated locally, nationally and internationally.

LAS was formed in spring 2015 as successor to the Literature Forum for Scotland, which was first set up in 2001, at the invitation of the then Literature Committee of the Scottish Arts Council. In 2006, following a review of its remit by the Scottish Arts Council, the Literature Forum was formally recognised as a national Advisory Council for Literature, and acted in this capacity. In mid-2014, Literature Forum members decided to review the organisation’s future role and to consider how it should develop to become a stronger and more inclusive voice for literature and languages in Scotland and abroad, leading to the transition in spring 2015 to Literature Alliance Scotland.

Members actively participate in leading and contributing to LAS’ main areas of work, which include championing the sector through advocacy and events, networking and sector intelligence, and professional development.

LAS’ income comes from membership fees and is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

LAS became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Institution (SCIO) in March 2016. Under its Constitution, LAS has a Board of Trustees headed by a Chair and Vice-Chair, elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting.




The role of the Board of Trustees is to determine the overall strategic direction of LAS, monitoring progress towards our objectives and taking collective responsibility to ensure the good governance of the organisation. Our Trustees should be prepared to act as advocates.

Trustee applications are welcome from within and outwith the membership of LAS.

Main Duties

Our Trustees must perform the following functions:

Ensure the organisation complies with its constitution, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulation.

Contribute actively to the role of the Board of Trustees in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting and maintaining the mission, vision and values of the organisation and evaluating the organisation’s performance.

Establish policies and procedures to govern organisational activity

Ensure that the charity pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document

Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the charity and ensure its financial stability.


Time commitment

The LAS Board of Trustees meets four times a year. Trustees will be expected to prepare for and attend these meetings as well as our Annual General Meeting. Board meetings, which usually last around two hours, take place immediately after the Members’ meetings, which are held in Edinburgh during a working day.  One of the four meetings is held in a different part of Scotland.



This is an unpaid post, however out of pocket expenses reasonably incurred in connection with carrying out the Trustees’ duties will be met.


Candidate Qualities

A sound knowledge of and passion for Scottish literature and languages

Familiarity with the principles and practice of leadership and management

Knowledge of the principles of corporate governance.



Active involvement with Scottish literature and languages in one or more fields. We would especially welcome a specialist knowledge of education, and Scots

Experience of making strategic decisions at board level

Acquaintance with leadership and management within the public sector

Familiarity with working collectively and in partnership.



An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

Financial literacy, with experience of financial management and the ability to assist with budget preparation

Strategic thinking and problem solving

Strong ambassadorial skills

Ability to work as a member of a team

Excellent spoken and written communications skills.


Personal Qualities

Strong commitment to the vision and objectives of Literature Alliance Scotland

Commitment to devoting the necessary time and effort to the role of trustee by preparing well for board meetings and actively contributing to them.

Good independent judgment and the ability to think creatively.


Other Factors

Convenient access to Edinburgh is desirable since most (but not all) meetings are held there.





















February 15, 2018


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