Become a trustee of SHRUB Coop!

By SHRUB Coop, posted 05/11/20

We're recruiting for next year's trustees. Application deadline 9am, 20th November

Our Annual General Meeting is coming up and its time to select another group of trustees to guide the coop through 2021!

We invite applications from SHRUB members and others interested in contributing to the Coop’s development to join our group of Trustees. We are particularly looking for people with experience in the fields of Community Development, Finance, HR and Fundraising but Trustees have a wide-ranging remit and there are opportunities for involved across the work that SHRUB undertakes.

Why become a Trustee?

SHRUB is a cooperative with premises in central Edinburgh. Our Members contribute to decision-making processes. Trustees have special legal responsibilities and, in some circumstances may have to make sensitive or critical decisions on behalf of the Coop.

A Steering Group was established in May 2020 and now helps staff and working groups take the day-to-day decisions - meaning the Trustees’ role is genuinely oversight and strategy.

Trustees learn about how our Social Enterprise runs and gain skills in leadership, problem - solving and innovation, strategic judgement and effective communication, to name a few.

Serving as a Trustee is an opportunity to learn about the governance of a not-for-profit organisation in a supportive environment, learning from more experienced Trustees and staff and the fresh perspective of newer Members alike.

Key Responsibilities

Trustees’ key responsibilities fall into the following areas:

  • Vision mission and aims
  • Strategy and objectives
  • Culture and values
  • Accountable leadership
  • Control environment
  • Governance processes
  • Succession planning

What skills do I need?

Trustees have a wide-ranging remit with some people leading on particular aspects, some playing a more general role. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, including but not limited to: people of colour, trans people, non-binary people and women.

Trustees are responsible for overseeing development of the strategic framework within which day- to-day tasks are carried out by staffers and volunteers, and they help guide our long-term planning.

What is the time commitment?

As a voluntary Trustee, you will make some clear time commitments: to attend regular Trustee meetings (2 hours each month, currently on a Monday evening), and participate in staff support mechanisms.

Trustees will preferably participate in the work of a Working Group - attending meetings where possible and contributing to the direction and content of work.

As a cooperative, SHRUB Coop makes transparent, and effective decisions mostly by a Steering Group. Trustees delegate the day-to-day decisions to the Steering Group, comprising Trustees, Members (both Volunteer and Supporter Members) and Staff. The Steering Group meets at least every fortnight (currently online only).

Time off can be arranged among Trustees, ensuring that there is a balance between Trustees’ wellbeing and SHRUB Coop functioning. If you cannot make a meeting you let people know. There is a Welfare Working Group to support mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of volunteers and members if you need support in regulating your engagement.

Who can apply?

Anyone who supports the Vision and Mission of SHRUB Coop is invited to apply. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, including but not limited to: people of colour, trans people, non-binary people, other members of the LGBT+ community, and women.


We’re a cooperative in Edinburgh working for a world without waste!

SHRUB Coop is an exciting community-led project that works to make big carbon savings by increasing awareness on sustainability issues and solutions.

The Coop is organised non-hierarchically and strives to provide an inclusive and empowering experience for all volunteers, staff and members in our community. You can read our Safer Spaces policy here.

SHRUB Coop is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) - working for a world without waste. Our purpose is the advancement of:

  1. Environmental protection and improvement by contributing to a Zero Waste Edinburgh
  2. Education by providing training and skill-sharing in all functions of the enterprise
  3. Citizenship and community development through active participation.

Our Constitution provides for Trustees to formally oversee the activities of SHRUB Cooperative and ensure we act in accordance with our purposes and the wishes of members of the Cooperative.

How Do I Apply?

To apply, simply save a copy of this form, fill it out and send it, with a copy of your CV, to, with the subject: “Trustee application” by 9am, Friday 20th November.

Applications will be considered at our AGM on Monday, 23rd November, which you are very welcome to attend!

For more information, please have a read of our information pack.

Any questions please email us at

SHRUB Coop is supported through a combination of grant funding and generous donations from our community. We’re grateful for all their support. Find out more about our grant funders by clicking on the logos above.