Scottish Canoe Association Finance Director Vacancy

The Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) is one of Scotland's leading sports governing bodies and has made great progress in the shift towards digital engagement and delivery since the start of the COVID pandemic. We are volunteer led and much of what we do is carried out by volunteers whether in clubs, committees or on the Board of Directors. The SCA is one of the constituent parts of British Canoeing (BC) where we work together with English, Welsh and Northern Irish organisations to develop and promote paddlesport in all its forms.

Our current Finance Director reaches the end of their second three-year term at this year’s AGM in November and we actively seek a new person to take on this important non-executive role.

The ideal candidate will either be a qualified accountant or have sufficient business experience and expertise at a senior level to be able to take on this role.

A knowledge of paddlesport is not at all necessary but we expect all Directors to be committed to our aims of developing the sport, making the sport as accessible as possible for everyone, fulfilling our environmental responsibilities and striving for excellence in everything we do. All Director roles require a degree of experience and expertise serving on boards and committees, and candidates will be expected to demonstrate a good knowledge of governance, compliance, finance and of developing and implementing vision and strategy.

Pre-COVID the opportunity to join Directors’s meetings electronically already existed but since March 2020 all Board meetings have taken place online.

This voluntary role is not remunerated, however the SCA does reimburse Directors for agreed out of pocket expenses incurred in the course of their duties.

The SCA is passionate about equality and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. We are currently working towards achieving the Advanced Level of the Equality Standard in Sport. 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.

The best way to find out more about this opportunity is to speak to Stuart Smith the CEO. Feel free to call him on 01887 292043 or to email The role description and person specification document is available and there is also an application form that applicants are asked to complete by the 30th June deadline.

All applications will be reviewed by our Appointments Committee, a member of which will be in touch regarding the appointment process.

Date published: 21 April 2021
Date updated: 22 April 2021


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