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External Advisor to the SYP Board

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External Advisor

The Scottish Youth Parliament Board is looking to recruit up to 4 External Advisors to support the strategic direction and governance of the charity.

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the national democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) are elected in national elections for a two-year term and represent constituencies and national voluntary organisations. SYP is a rights-based organisation that campaigns for change to make Scotland the best place to grow up.

The board of SYP is entirely youth-led, with 8 trustees being elected from our wider membership at our AGM to lead the organisation. SYP Trustees (including Chair and Vice Chair) are elected for a 1-year term with the option of re-standing for a further year. The SYP board is supported by External Advisors who have a governance role in bringing their knowledge and experience in relevant disciplines to support the board and SYP CEO.

SYP is entering an exciting new chapter with a new CEO appointed in July 2023, a new strategy being developed in 2024 and a new youth manifesto launching in 2025. We are looking for passionate and committed External Advisors to support SYP to deliver for the young people of Scotland. We are looking for applications from a broad range of individuals who bring their unique experiences and expertise to the board.

SYP is specifically looking for new External Advisors with expertise in:

Accountancy, Audit and Risk

  • Human Resources and People
  • Fundraising and Income Generation
  • Government/Political Engagement
  • Equalities and Human Rights

We welcome applicants who may not have served on a board, but have board exposure at a senior level who are looking for a volunteer position and experience to support our charitable objectives and strategy.

SYP is committed to providing a working environment in which employees, volunteers, stakeholders, partners and associates are able to realise their full potential and contribute to our work irrespective of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity. In terms of our work, we expand this list to consider the needs of employees with part time status and disadvantaged groups, including care-experienced people, carers, people from a lower socio-economic background or living in poverty, asylum seekers and refugees. This is a key employment value to which all employees are expected to give their support.

Successful candidates will be required to be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

An information session will be held on Tuesday 9th January 2024 at 16:00 – if you would like to attend please email

If you would like to be considered for the role of External Advisor to the SYP board, please email your CV and a cover letter to

Application notes: To apply for this role, please read the application guidance and send completed application form by email to  If you would like a confidential discussion about this role please contact Jamie Dunlop, Chief Executive.

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