Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Organisation: Xpress Recruitment

Salary: £50,000 to £60,000 + Additional Benefits

Location: Perth

The Place

Xpress are delighted to be retained by The Black Watch Regimental Trust which is based at Balhousie Castle, Perth. The Trust was formed in April 2022 by the amalgamation of the Black Watch Association (a membership organisation that engages in welfare and charitable responsibilities) and the Black Watch Museum (a company limited by guarantee, charged with looking after the heritable property, artefacts and archive belonging to the Regiment). The membership aspect of the Association forms part of the new Trust and is managed by the Regimental Secretary who reports to the CEO. Its charitable objects have been amalgamated with those of the museum.
The Job:

Owing to the pending retirement of the current CEO, who has contributed greatly to the repositioning of the Trust over the last 9 years, Xpress Recruitment has been retained to conduct an extensive search and selection process leading to the future selection and appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Black Watch Regimental Trust. The role of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is to manage the business of the Trust with responsibility for all aspects of its day-to-day operational management. This will be done by implementing the direction of the Board of Trustees under the terms of the Board’s Governance Policy and Strategy. The CEO is ultimately answerable to the Board of Trustees, but for routine operational matters will consult as appropriate with the Board Chairman who is the role’s line manager. Main Duties and Responsibilities

These are divided into two categories:

General and Operational. General duties are based predominately around Board engagement and ensuring that the Trust complies with company and charity law and all relevant regulations. This will also involve managing the implementation of the Board’s strategy objectives, including reviewing performance to date and proposing ongoing and medium-term adjustments to it. Other duties include communicating and reviewing all Internal policies on an ongoing basis e.g., health and safety, data protection, as well as ongoing stakeholder management.

Operational duties are based predominately around day-to-day activity. This covers a wide range of ongoing remits covering areas such as human resources, staffing, training and development as well as charitable activities, fundraising, marketing, and communications. A key responsibility will be reviewing and enhancing all the Trust’s product offerings, further, to develop the operation of a world-class 5-star Scottish Visitor Attraction. These must appeal to both visitors and association members, as must a focussed approach on how the museum and archives can best be managed for members and visitors while maintaining best practices and accreditation.

The Person

We are looking to speak and engage with experienced and knowledgeable senior managers who could be currently working in a similar establishment or environment that are now looking to take that next step up or make that new and exciting big career step and move across into a position working for an organisation that has far-reaching connections across the world through its historic reputation and its 2,000 plus membership. The opportunity and challenge is to develop further the commercial success of the Trust while continuing to build on the reputation of “The Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment”

Applying candidates must be able to demonstrate in their cv and career-to-date excellent leadership and ambassadorial presence. This would mean being prepared to be involved at weekends and at out-of-hours activities required by the role. A strong financial and commercial experience and skill is required, coupled with an understanding of visitor attraction footfall engagement. Knowledge of catering and retail management, including the development of online retailing technology, are key requirements. Knowledge and experience in marketing and communications, including social media, as related to stakeholder management and brand development will also be key.

The Rewards

You will have the opportunity to work in an award-winning Scottish 5-star Castle environment and be part of an inspiring organisation with a strong historical legacy coupled with the opportunity to join an organisation at a highly exciting period of growth working in this spectacular venue.

The salary on offer for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is dependent on experience and would start from around £50,000 to £60,000 + additional benefits.

Closing date for applications – Noon 1st of September 2023.

Please send your CV with a cover letter to our retained consultant Warren Trewick –

All direct approaches will be referred to Xpress Recruitment. Regarding any further details on the role summary and clarity on the main responsibilities, please contact Warren Trewick

Application Deadline: Friday 01/09/2023