Call for Trustees

Call for Trustees

Call for Trustees - closed 
Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in becoming a voluntary Trustee with Howard League Scotland. We have received a significant number of applications of a very high quality. If you have not already been in contact with our Secretary, please note that we have closed the call for Trustees for the time being to give us time to consider the applications received so far. We will provide a further update on our recruitment shortly.


Trustees: Howard League Scotland

It is extremely rewarding to be a Trustee of Howard League Scotland, where there is the real potential to make a difference to the way that penal policy develops in Scotland. Please consider joining us, we are looking for a broad range of skills. Howard League Scotland (HLS) campaigns for penal reforms, prisoners’ rights and improvements to the Scottish criminal justice system. We are seeking to appoint several new trustees to ensure we have the capacity and skills to continue our effective work for penal reform, and to ensure the good governance of the charity.

This is a voluntary position, HLS Trustees are not paid for their work, although all reasonable travel expenses will be met.

Trustees are expected to attend four board meetings per year and an Away Day, and also on occasion to work with the Policy and Public Affairs Manager on penal policy issues between meetings. Board meetings are currently held in central Edinburgh between 6 and 8 pm, although we are open to discussion about suitable dates, times and location.

Trustees are elected annually or may be co-opted by current trustees at any time.

About HLS

The Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland (HLS) promotes just responses to the causes and consequences of crime. It aims to be a forum to stimulate new and progressive thinking in penal practice and to critically question prevailing penal initiatives, based on evidence of ‘what works’ and careful ethical reflection on ‘what’s right’.  HLS accepts no funding from central or local government so that we can campaign freely on key issues. HLS is a highly respected organisation and has been influential in changing government policy (for example in relation to women’s prisons). We are frequently invited to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament and to comment in the media. You can find out more on our website:


About the role 

We are seeking to recruit a number of trustees with the following skills and experience. We do not expect every Trustee to meet all of the criteria, but aim to have a balanced Board that in combination has the following skills and experience:


·      Commitment to the objectives of HLS (Essential) 

·      Willingness to fulfil the duties and meet the standards of conduct required of a Scottish charity trustee (Essential)

·      Understanding of penal policy and prisons issues

·      Fundraising 

·      Policy analysis and influencing

·      Lobbying policymakers and/or business and/or representative groups.

·      Media and communications or PR, including social media.

·      Strategic planning skills

·      Management / project management

·      Ability to understand and interrogate financial reports

This is an excellent opportunity to make a positive contribution to policy developments in the Scottish criminal justice system and to build your skills and experience in governance and board membership. 

How to apply

Please send an email explaining why you wish to be considered for the role and the relevant skills and experience that you have to: Dinah Aitken, Secretary, HLS

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an informal interview on a date to be agreed to find out more about HLS and meet some of the trustees.







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