Non-Executive Director - Edinburgh

Non-for-Profit Sector - Executive/Management
Ref: 3301 Date Posted: Tuesday 20 Oct 2020
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Edinburgh. Voluntary.

Non-Executive Director 

Being able to live independently, with the right housing and care services is one of today’s biggest social challenges. Would you like to make a significant contribution to this important mission in Scotland? Is this topic particularly close to your heart on the back of your personal or professional experience?

Blackwood is an award winning not-for-profit organisation that leads on developing new standards in the housing and care sectors. Through innovation in design and technology, and investing in its employees, Blackwood is transforming the lives of its customers by helping them live life to the full.

The charity offers high quality care by providing bespoke housing, care at home services and care homes tailored for each individual customer, addressing a range of disabilities and specialist needs, and supporting people as they age.

Ensuring the organisation continues to evolve, Blackwood is looking to add further expertise to its reputable Board by appointing a Non-Executive Director with strong finance and investment background. 

The Non-Executive Director will contribute to developing the strategic direction and bring positive challenge to the operational performance of the charity, with a particular focus on maximising funding and on the financial planning process. The Chief Executive and her team advise the Board and have delegated responsibility for implementing the approved Strategy and Business Plan. All Board members work closely with the Chief Executive and Senior Team to:

  • Set the strategy & direction
  • Agree the annual budget and business plan and ensure financial viability
  • Take account of customers’ views in respect of rents and charges, services and care provision
  • Take responsibility for ensuring Blackwood is a good employer that engages with its employees
  • Monitor performance and manage strategic risk
  • Ensure legal, constitutional and regulatory compliance
  • Promote and demonstrate good governance

Applications are invited from individuals with a strong track record of funding and investment within a regulatory environment. You will ideally have previous Board level experience and will have an innovative and forward thinking approach. Exposure to driving high performance within a tight margin environment is also desired. 

Non-Executive Directors are appointed for a period of 3 years with the possibility of a further 3 year extension. Board and Committee Meetings are held on a Tuesday evening in Edinburgh. Members are asked to attend the following meetings each year:

  • 6 Board meetings and Annual General Meeting
  • Participation in either Audit & Performance or Services Committee (both of which meet Quarterly)
  • 2 Annual Strategy Discussions


For more information regarding this position please contact Laura Montgomery on 07514 623 461 or email