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New Trustees welcome.



Contribute towards the governance of Almond Valley

The Almond Valley Heritage Trust - the parent body of the Scottish shale oil museum - is governed by a voluntary board of Trustees. Vacancies occasionally arise on this board, and we're always delighted to hear from individuals who may be interested in serving as a Trustee.

Almond Valley is a company limited by guarantee, with charitable status. The scale and scope of our activities have steadily grown since the Trust was established in 1990 and we now welcome over 130,000 visitors each year to our museum in Livingston, have an annual turnover of £800,000, and employ about 40 staff at the height of the visitor season. Almond Valley is a four-star visitor attraction, an accredited museum with a collection recognised as being of national importance, and are Investors in People.


About the Opportunity

Almond Valley is a promoted as a "wonderful day of adventure and play" and welcomes family visitors, groups and schools from throughout the central belt of Scotland, including many regular users who take out annual membership. Operation as a visitor attraction yields a modest annual surplus for investment in the continuous improvement of facilities and services.

Almond Valley also serves as the museum of the Scottish shale oil industry and delivers museum and specialist research resources that are supported through a service contract with West Lothian Council. The trust has ambitious plans for the continuing development of the Almond Valley site and for the extension of activities that better realise the learning value of experiences enjoyed during a family day out.


Skills and Experience

As a Trustee, you will contribute to the sound governance of Almond Valley, applying experience of business or organisational management to maintain strategic policies that will ensure the Trust's continuing progress and success. Your experience, interests, and networking skills will provide you with an overview of many of the environments in which the Trust operates, and perhaps special insight into certain areas where you may serve as an advocate for the Trust.

Board members represent a diverse range of expertise, approaches and interests, ensuring that the board can draw on a broad range of experience necessary to oversee the Trust's many fields of activities. Recruitment is often directed to maintain this balance of skills

We always welcome individuals with experience gained in the oil or energy sectors and with an interest in the heritage of the industry.

We are also seeking an individual with might serve as learning champion on the board. A background in education, training or communication (particularly if this relates to work with families, children and play) would be excellent experience for such a role. A sense of fun and empathy with our audience would also be a great asset.


Commitment Sought:

Participation in Board Meetings, which take place six times a year, at Almond Valley in Livingston, usually on Wednesday evenings between 18.30 and 20.00. You may also wish to participate in occasional working group meetings or other development activities.


For further details, please contact Dr. Robin Chesters, Director - rac@almondvalley.co.uk or 01506 668962

Almond Valley Heritage Trust
West Lothian
EH54 7AR


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