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Agricultural charity launches trainee trustee scheme

By Alan Beresford

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AN agricultural charity has launched a new programme to encourage young people to get involved with the organisation’s board.

RSABI Chief Executive Nina Clancy. Picture: Ian Jacobs
RSABI Chief Executive Nina Clancy. Picture: Ian Jacobs

RSABI, which supports people in Scottish agriculture, is now accepting applications from people aged 18 to 30 for its Trainee Trustee programme.

The 12-month programme will see young people shadow the charity’s trustees and participate in board, committee and staff meetings – all virtually while restrictions are in place.

Successful candidates will receive support and mentoring from the charity’s senior staff and its Chair David Leggat, and find out what it is like to be a charity trustee.

RSABI Chief Executive Nina Clancy said the aim is to increase the diversity of the charity’s board.

She said: “RSABI’s trustees play a vital role in the running of the charity, using their experience and insight to help us best support people in Scottish agriculture.

"We’re keen to see more young people volunteering with the charity at board level, which is why we’ve launched this new programme.

“We’re looking for enthusiastic young people who are keen to find out what it’s like to sit on a charity’s board. You don’t need to have a background in farming or crofting to apply, just a real interest in the role and the work of RSABI.

“I’d encourage anybody who’s interested to apply. It’s a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a good cause as well as enhancing your CV with new and improved skills.”

Chairman of RSABI David Leggat said he was looking forward to working with the successful candidates.

He said: “I’m looking forward to mentoring the successful candidates, along with Nina Clancy and other staff.

“I think our Trainee Trustees will bring new ideas and insights to the board. We hope the programme will help them to gain the skills, experience and confidence to consider applying to be a full trustee in the future.”

To find out more visit the RSABI website at www.rsabi.org.uk

To apply send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@greenburn.co.uk by the closing date of April 19, 2021. Voice recordings and video applications can also be received – see the website for more details.

The programme is expected to start in July 2021.

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