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17 March 2018

Literature Alliance Scotland: Trustees


Literature Alliance Scotland (LAS) seeks to appoint two new Trustees and welcomes expressions of interest from potential candidates - particularly from those with a specialist knowledge of education, and Scots.

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, bringing together writers, publishers, educators, librarians, literature organisations and national cultural bodies.

Applications are invited from within and outwith the membership of LAS.


-The role-

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.


-Time commitment-

Our Board meets four times a year. Trustees will be expected to prepare for and attend these meetings as well as our AGM. Board meetings, which usually last around two hours, take place immediately after Members' meetings, which are held during a working day. The positions are unpaid.


-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
  • Experience of financial management and the ability to assist with budget preparation.



  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Strategic thinking and problem solving
  • Strong ambassadorial skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Excellent spoken and written communications skills.



If you would like to join our Board, please send a CV and a short letter to LAS Chair Peggy Hughes on telling us why you'd like to get involved and what you think you can offer.

The deadline for applications is 23 March 2018.

For further information visit

For further information, please contact (Peggy Hughes), or visit