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Ref 1701-SB Community Board Member

POSITION:                                            Ferries Community Board Member

REPORTS TO:                                      Ferries Community Board Chairman

VACANCY REF:                                    1701-SB

RATE OF PAY:                                      Voluntary Role

TERM OF OFFICE:                               18 months, with an option to extend

TIME COMMITMENT:                            4 meetings per year, plus travel and preparation time.

DATE ADVERTISED:                             07 June 2021

CLOSING DATE:                                   18 June 2021

PLEASE NOTE:                                     Interviews are expected to take place in July 2021

We are seeking energetic individuals who wish to make a difference in the local communities by proactively engaging with a variety of community groups to seek out their views and opinions and are passionate about being a voice for people who live in the communities that we serve.

If this sounds like you, we are looking to appoint four new members to the Ferries Community Board, Clyde and Hebrides.

The Board was set up in 2017 to act as the voice of the island and port communities that CalMac supports on strategic ferry issues. Since then, it has worked on a number of initiatives including service improvements and infrastructure development with a focus on economic sustainability. 

Once the 4 new members are recruited, the Board will comprise of 15 members including an independent chairperson. The Community Board is separate from the CalMac Board. CalMac will not be represented on the Ferry Community Board.

Membership will be for 18 months with an option to extend.  The Board meets quarterly with travel and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed.

Applicants should be prepared to influence and to think strategically, taking a network wide view.

If you have any further queries, or wish to discuss with the Independent Chairperson, please contact HR Services, in the first instance, by email





CalMac Ferries Limited is the UK's largest ferry operator in terms of ships and destinations served and one of the largest transport operators in Scotland. It is a multi-award-winning ferry and port operation and ship management specialist providing essential lifeline services and logistical support to island and remote communities.

For more information please visit our website at




Members represent their local communities and act to influence strategic issues such as the building of new vessels, infrastructure, resources and accountability.

In this exciting opportunity, you will have a strategic impact on shaping various aspects of the crucial role ferries play in tackling depopulation, demographic shifts, as well as the importance of the economy and jobs within the local communities through engagement with the Transport Minister; attending Board Meetings; working on transport, communications and customer relations to influence future build program and accountability structure.

Key achievements since the Board was formed in 2017 include the successful lobbying of the Scottish Government to release more funds for a new ticketing system. It has also been instrumental in bringing in service improvements such as the new mobile maintenance team brought in to improve fleet resilience.




·         Meet with members four times a year and have an open dialogue with the Transport Minister, Transport Scotland and Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL). They are regularly consulted on national transport strategies and recently gave evidence to the RECC Committee.

·         Applicants need to be willing to engage with a variety of community groups to seek out their views on ferry services and reflect these views back to CalMac.




In order to be eligible to apply for the Ferries Community Board, Clyde and Hebrides you must;

·         Live in a community served by CalMac

·         Be able to attend four meetings per year

·         Be able to commit time to preparing for meetings





Please ensure that you complete the on-line application process fully and attach a CV which includes a few words on your reasons for applying to be a Ferries Community Board Member.


Interviews will be held July 2021, and the successful applicants will be notified by email or similar.


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