Job Description

Human Development Scotland (HDS) is a charity working to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in Scotland, and to increase the effectiveness of organisations.

For professionals caring for people in, or at risk of, mental or emotional distress, and those working with potentially vulnerable individuals, HDS provides training, professional development (CPD) and learning opportunities including conferences and seminars.

We also deliver counselling and psychotherapy directly to individuals and families, and as part of employee assistance programmes.

At the heart of all our work are the psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and systemic ideas that offer a profound understanding of how people relate to one another and the central role of human relationships in our mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Our mission is:

To relieve mental and emotional distress by increasing the availability of, and access to, high quality psychodynamic and psychoanalytic counselling & psychotherapy for all who need them.

As the Chair of HDS, you will be responsible for the following:

  Act as an ambassador for the organisation at meetings and events

  Work with the trustees and CEO to set the strategic direction of the organisation

  Oversee the governance of the organisation, ensuring transparency and in accordance with charity regulations and guidelines

  Raise the profile of HDS

  Expanding the number of trustees from the current six to 10

  Support the development of collaborative relationships with all relevant stakeholders, such as members, regulatory bodies, universities, students, NHS etc


Other information:

  This is an unremunerated post, although expenses can be reimbursed

  You will be required to attend 5-6 Board meetings per year plus two half-day strategy/planning sessions

  This post will ideally be filled by Qtr 4 of this year with the initial job title of Chair Designate, transitioning to Chair following the AGM in March 2018 when the current Chair stands down.


In order to be considered for this post, you will ideally have:

  Previous experience as a Trustee of a charitable organisation is essential (experience in the role of Chair would be an advantage)

  Demonstrable experience of being instrumental in growing and developing an organisation

  A professional qualification would be beneficial

  Knowledge or experience of the mental health sector and counselling/psychotherapy

  First class communication skills allowing you to act as the public face of the organisation

If you are interested in discussing this rare opportunity, please feel free to get in touch with Debbie Shields at the iMultiply office in Glasgow via 0141 648 9151 or forward your CV to

iMultiply are the retained and exclusive recruitment partners of Human Development Scotland. Any 3rd party applications will be forwarded to iMultiply.