Back to list

Volunteer Opportunity: President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

10th May 2020 | Categories: Appointments

Candidates for President of the Society sought

President's MedalThe Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is looking for candidates to replace the current President, Dr David Caldwell, when he steps down after two terms on 30 November 2020. This is an opportunity to lead a major independent charitable heritage organisation in Scotland with a global membership. With national projects in the sector (Dig It!, ScARF) as well as active publishing and the beginning of a new accommodation project this is an exciting time to join an ambitious and focused Board of Trustees (called Council).

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants, and we encourage applications from across Scotland and beyond.

Applicants will not need to have previous experience of serving on Council, although a knowledge of the Scottish heritage sector in its widest sense, Society governance and the Society Strategic Plan 2016-21 would be beneficial, and a new five-year strategic plan incorporating a major accommodation change will be one of the first leadership opportunities.

Applicants are asked to consider the President role information available as a PDF here:  president-role-information

We provide induction, support, and ongoing learning and development opportunities for all Board members. All applicants will submit a completed application form (society-president-application-form) and a shortlist will be interviewed by the President Selection Advisory Group, chaired by the Vice Presidents of the Society, in advance of their name being put on a ballot list issued by Council. Society Laws stipulate that members of Council must be Fellows of the Society (Law 9).

It is anticipated that the new President will take up post on 30 November 2020, chairing the end of the Anniversary Meeting, for an initial period of up to three years, and may stand for election as President for a second term, subject to Society Law 16.

If you would like further details, you are asked to contact Dr Simon Gilmour, Director of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in the first instance:
email: or telephone: 07799691981.

Applications are now open, and forms can be accessed here: society-president-application-form

President role information available as a PDF here: president-role-information

The deadline for applications is 12 midnight Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Interviews will be held in July or August and may be via video-conference. Paperwork for the ballot must be approved by Council on Monday 19 October 2020. Elections will be held on 30 November 2020.

Help us to do more

Help us: champion research; stimulate discussion; enhance public understanding; and share our extraordinary heritage. Donate directly to the Society now.