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Trustees - Edinburgh

Non-for-Profit Sector - Finance Executive/Management
Ref: 1968 Date Posted: Thursday 26 Oct 2017
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Thistle Foundation


Thistle Foundation is a well-established Scottish charity with a 70 year tradition of pioneering support for people in need and a reputation for innovation and putting its person-centred philosophy into day to day practice. Thistle is one of the few organisations in Scotland that works with the person, not the condition, and by doing so keeps a strong focus on the importance of our vision statement “Life is for Living”. It is important that all our staff associated with the Thistle Foundation, including those based in our Head Office, are driven by the same core values that guide our operational work.

Thistle has its headquarters within its new purpose-built Centre of Wellbeing in the South East of Edinburgh. From this base we support around 500 people with long-term conditions and provide consultancy and training to over 350 health and social care workers each year.

We have a turnover of just over £7m with our income coming from a wide range of sources including Scottish Government, Local Authority contracts, individuals paying us directly, and Fund-raised income.

Key responsibilities:

With other trustees to hold The Thistle Foundation 'in trust' for current and future beneficiaries by:

  1. Ensuring that the Thistle Foundation has a clear vision, mission, and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these;
  1. Being responsible for the performance of the Thistle Foundation and for it's 'corporate' culture
  1. Ensuring that the Thistle Foundation complies with all legal and regulatory requirements;
  1. Acting as guardians of the Thistle Foundation's assets, both tangible and    intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application;
  1. Ensuring that the Thistle Foundation's governance is of the highest possible standard.

If you are interested in applying to this opportunity or would like further information, please contact Diana Noel-Paton on