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Scottish Seabird Centre seeks future conservation leader

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In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People, conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, seeks a young person to join the Board of Trustees for the duration of one year. The Seabird Centre recognises the importance of the themed year and the need to engage the next generation, who can bring invaluable insight, experience and ideas to further enhance the work of the charity.

Applications are sought from those working in the conservation, environmental education or the wildlife tourism sector who are aged between 18 and 35 years. The appointed applicant will contribute to building on the Centre’s success and its exciting plans for the future, working with the diverse and experienced Board to create a world-class facility and activity programme dedicated to marine conservation and education.

David Windmill, Chair of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “We are keen to diversify our focus beyond that of seabirds and the local environment, to explore the wider marine environment and wildlife: life above and below the waves. We want to highlight the many threats that our wildlife now face and what needs to be done to help.

“Our Board of trustees is central to this vision for the future and we envisage the appointed person bringing skills and expertise that will contribute to delivering our aims. Not only that but as an education charity, we want to contribute to the learning and development of a talented individual who has aspirations for the future.

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, adds: “From appointment, the successful applicant will have a position on the Board for one year. This will involve attending meetings in North Berwick and actively contributing with ideas on engaging and attracting young people to the Centre now and in the future.

“The successful applicant will act as an ambassador for the Scottish Seabird Centre, attending events as required throughout the year. It is an amazing opportunity for a young person and we are very keen to demonstrate our ongoing support for Scotland’s Year of Young People.

The Scottish Seabird Centre’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall management and governance of the charity. It sets the strategic direction of the organisation and monitors performance.

Trustees have a wide range of skills and experience required for the various areas in which the charity operates. They are recruited against a matrix of skills, knowledge and experience which is regularly reviewed. All trustees are interviewed and approved by the Board.

For more information on the Board: https://seabird.org/people/trustees/46/207

For more information on the Seabird Centre’s YOYP activities: https://seabird.org/visit/what’s-on/year-of-young-people/10/23/226

Application process and deadline

  • CV and covering letter should be sent to info@seabird.org by 12noon Friday 23 February 2018
  • Applicants should be aged 18 to 35 on this date
  • Interviews will take place with David Windmill, Chairman, and Tom Brock, CEO
  • The first meeting the successful candidate will attend is Wednesday 21 March 2018.

Queen Margaret University appoints new Deputy Principal

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Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh has appointed Dr Richard Butt as its new Deputy Principal in time for the start of the academic year.

Formerly Dean of the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management at QMU, Dr Butt has over twenty years higher education experience, including Head of Division for Media, Communication and Performing Arts at QMU, where he managed the design, development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in film, public relations and performing arts.

Dr Butt holds a PhD on Scottish documentary film from the Open University and QMU, as well as a BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies and English from Stirling University and University of California, Berkeley.

As a representative from QMU, Dr Butt is currently a member of Universities Scotland International Committee, Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Board and Executive, Scottish Drama Training Network Board and Trustee on the Board of Newbattle Abbey College.

Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of QMU, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Richard as our new Deputy Principal.  His significant contribution to the institution over the last twenty years makes him the ideal candidate to help shape our future by providing academic leadership across the strategic areas of learning, teaching, research and knowledge exchange and internationalisation.

“Richard has proven himself as a dynamic advocate for the University and as an inspirational and authoritative leader, securing the trust and respect of colleagues, staff, students and stakeholders.”

Dr Butt, 49, is married with two daughters and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh. He was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex and attended The Campion School in Hornchurch.  As a keen photographer and film-maker, he was Director of the Edinburgh Filmhouse Board of Directors from 2001 to 2009 and has been a Trustee of the Brunton Theatre in Musselburgh, East Lothian since 2013.

Commenting on his new position as Deputy Principal at QMU, Dr Butt said: “I’m extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to take on this significant role at QMU and look forward to the challenges ahead.

“My vision for the University is that by 2025 we will be recognised internationally for our high quality teaching and learning, as well as the world class status of our research.”

Dr Butt took up his new appointment at QMU on 1st September 2016.  He takes over from Professor Alan Gilloran who has retired from the position and the University this summer after a successful career in higher education spanning over two decades.

Stephen Walker appointed as Director of Marketing & Hospitality at exclusive Renaissance Club

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The Board of The Renaissance Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Walker as its new Director of Marketing & Hospitality, with immediate effect.

Prior to this appointment, Stephen was Director of Sales and Marketing at Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, an icon in the world of golf where he led the sales team with responsibility for all marketing, sales and events. Earlier in his career he was International Sales Manager for Scandic Hotels based in London and opened The Dalmahoy Golf & Country back in the early nineties.

With extensive experience in many global markets having worked in this field for over 25 years Stephen has been brought into The Renaissance Club to continue to find new revenue generating sources and to market membership. Following the success of The Renaissance Club’s “One Time Experience”, which offers the opportunity for non-members to experience what this exclusive club has to offer during the golfing season, the club will look for more opportunities to market & distribute this unique programme under Stephen’s stewardship.

Stephen’s extensive experience in management and leadership with global companies including Starwood Hotels & Resorts; made him the unanimous choice by the Board of The Renaissance Club to develop membership and revenue generation strategies at the club as well as positioning the clubs hospitality at the 5 star peak of private member experiences in Scotland.

Jerry Sarvadi, Managing Director of The Renaissance Club commented: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen Walker to The Renaissance Club as our new Director of Marketing & Hospitality.  Stephen’s proven track record, extensive experience and outstanding leadership skills in this industry will be invaluable as we continue to further develop our business strategy and commercial opportunities.

“It was clear that Stephen has an unwavering passion for golf, hospitality and events as well as a strong grasp of the challenges and opportunities facing Private Members Golf Clubs.  He understands these factors and will help prove that proactive clubs, especially ones that develop flexible membership schemes, continue to recruit new members. He understands this industry and I have no doubt he will bring an innovative approach to the development of The Renaissance Club on a global stage.”

Stephen Walker said:  “I am very honoured to be joining The Renaissance Club as its new Director of Marketing & Hospitality at an exciting stage in the clubs development.  The Club already has a highly regarded reputation and I look forward to building on this using my previous experience in both marketing & operations to elevate the club further in the digital age. We will be exploring an array of commercial opportunities, which are fitting with private club membership policies, and following global trends, creating new partnerships and exposing the club to new & exciting target audiences with the sole of objective of revenue growth and ultimately more membership sales.”

Nestled in the heart of Scotland’s Golf Coast, The Renaissance Club’s exquisitely manicured greens and fairways have played host to elite golfers from all over the world, as well as a steady stream of millionaires – and billionaires – with a passion for the sport. Stephen will oversee the management of the club, which will co-host its first tournament this year when the club welcomes the world’s leading boy golfers, for the Boys Amateur Championship in August 2016, alongside neighbouring Championship course, Muirfield. The club also boasts 24 luxurious lodging rooms, complete with spa, gymnasium and treatment areas and has perfectly appointed locker rooms, bar and fabulous dining experiences.

For details about The Renaissance Club, membership, or for further information, please contact Stephen Walker on 01620 850 901 or email membership@trcaa.com.