Now Hiring: Chair Position at The Royal Society for the Support of Women in Scotland (RSSWS)




About RSSWS:

The Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland (RSSWS) has been providing vital financial assistance to single women aged over 50, facing low incomes and limited savings, since its establishment in 1847. With its recent transformation and updated Royal Charter in 2015, the Society continues its commitment to aiding those in need. RSSWS operates with a dedicated team based in Edinburgh and Caseworkers spread across Scotland, fostering personal connections with beneficiaries and yielding overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Position Overview

RSSWS is seeking an exceptional individual to take on the role of Chair, leading their dynamic and inspiring board. As the head of the organization, you will play a pivotal role in upholding the Society's historical legacy while steering it towards a bright future. Your strategic acumen, commitment to the Society's values, and understanding of the challenges faced by single older women and impoverished individuals in 21st Century Scotland will drive the Society's continued success.


As Chair, you will:

  • Strategically guide the board and management team in developing strategic plans.

  • Provide leadership, support, and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive, ensuring alignment with objectives, Charter, Trustees' decisions, and relevant legislation.

  • Uphold the Society's past while driving its mission forward, with a focus on impactful support for women in Scotland.

  • Chair significant decision-making meetings and contribute valuable insights to steer the organization's growth.

  • Demonstrate diplomacy, tact, and persuasive skills to maintain positive relationships and foster collaboration.


The ideal candidate should:

  • Possess a strategic mindset and a minimum of 5 years' experience as a Trustee in a similar-sized organization.

  • Exhibit empathy and understanding of the challenges faced by single older women and those living in poverty in 21st Century Scotland.

  • Showcase excellent tact, diplomacy, and persuasive abilities.

  • Have proven experience in chairing large decision-making meetings.

  • Demonstrate understanding of governance, legal, and financial aspects of charity operation.

Why Join RSSWS?

This unique opportunity allows you to lead a remarkable charity with a legacy of over £33 million in direct payments distributed to date, equivalent to well over £150 million today. You'll contribute to life-changing support for women in Scotland, making a lasting impact.

How to Apply

Kindly visit this link to express your interest and learn more abut the role.

For inquiries, contact Lauryn Pringle or Debbie Shields at Aspen People: 0141 212 7555.. Application deadline is Friday, 22nd September, 2023.