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Recreation Director Vacancy

Neil Farmer, the current and long standing SCA Recreation Director has decided to step down from the Board. As a result, the SCA seeks applications from individuals who are interested in joining the board to take on this role. 

Applications are especially welcome from individuals within groups currently under-represented on the SCA Board, such as women, disabled people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50. Participation in SCA Director meetings can be via online conferencing as well as by attending meetings in person.

Scottish Canoe Association

The Scottish Canoe Association is the National Governing Body for Canoeing in Scotland. We are a membership organisation comprising 3,300 individual members including 1,900 qualified coaches. In addition there are 87 affiliated clubs containing a further 3,500 affiliated club members. The SCA is a founding member of British Canoeing. The SCA’s annual turnover is approximately £800,000. For more information please see:

What we do:

  • Represent our members’ interests within Scotland and, through British Canoeing, in the UK
  • Support individual and affiliated club development
  • Work to protect, improve and promote responsible access to water in Scotland and care of the environment
  • Support the achievements of Scottish paddlers

The Opportunity:

The successful individual will gain expertise of supporting and advising a dynamic Board overseeing a multi-discipline sport including Development and Performance activities. They will help to shape the future development of canoeing and assist the SCA to grow the membership and increase participation in recreational paddlesport and the sport overall.

Time Commitment:

Each SCA Director commits to attend SCA Board meetings (currently five per year), the Annual General Meeting in the autumn and such other Board and sub-committee meetings that are scheduled during the year. It is required that Directors access SCA email regularly and respond promptly outside of scheduled Board meetings.


The role is not remunerated. Directors are entitled to be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in order to attend SCA Board meetings in line with the current expenses policy in force.


The role is accountable to the Board and other SCA Directors. The main duties include:

  • Report to the SCA membership, including through the AGM
  • Prepare policy papers for the Board as identified from time to time
  • Undertake specific projects as directed by the Board
  • The Recreation Director will be able to demonstrate an interest in recreational paddlesport

Terms and Conditions:

The term of office for an elected Recreation Director is three years and directors may serve a maximum of two terms subject to being re-elected after the first term. As, on this occasion the Recreation Director will be co-opted to fil a vacancy mid-term the successful applicant will serve in the role until the post is due to be re-elected at the 2018 AGM.

Recruitment Process:

Applicants complete the application form and submit it to Margaret Winter, by the deadline of noon on Thursday 12th January 2017. The Appointments Committee will then consider all timeously submitted application forms and meet with prospective candidates as is necessary to determine which candidate(s) satisfy the competency framework for the office of Recreation Director.

The Appointments Committee will then provide to the Board the names of all those candidates who satisfy the competency framework for the office of Recreation Director and the Board shall decide whether to co-opt any of the  individuals to the role of Recreation Director.

This vacancy is not open to anyone who has been disqualified from holding a Directorship in a Limited Company.