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Director / Trustee opportunities at Calanais

Urras nan Tursachan (The Standing Stones Trust)

A unique opportunity has arisen to join the Board of Urras nan Tursachan (UnT), who own and operate the visitor centre at the world-famous Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

Ambitious plans are in place to develop a new, world-class visitor centre by 2025. This will not only improve visitors’ experience and understanding of the Stones within their broader prehistoric context; it will also contribute to the wider Outer Hebrides Tourism plans for destination development projects to underpin growth in the sector, and it will enhance its support for the local community.

Moreover, plans are underway to create an Outer Hebrides Heritage Fund using profits from the operation of the redeveloped Calanais Visitor Centre, helping UnT to support activities that conserve, educate, promote and develop the historic environment assets of the Outer Hebrides.

As the most popular visitor attraction in the Outer Hebrides, Calanais welcomes 150000 visitors pa. The Trust, through the visitor centre and through its wider charitable activities, has a long track record of supporting both visitors and the local communities.

As part of its succession plans the Board is looking to appoint new members to provide strategic direction and support in the execution of the development plans, and to guide the operations team in the smooth day-to-day running of the visitor centre (which falls under the remit of the wholly-owned subsidiary of UnT, Tursachan Trading).

An induction pack will be provided, together with support and guidance around the roles and responsibilities of being a director/trustee. 

Key responsibilities

We are looking for applicants with either of the following skills and expertise:


  • Represent our local communities on the board, and ensure that Calanais gives the maximum benefit to our communities
  • Be an ambassador for Calanais in our local communities, sharing and communicating the role and activities of the Trust

Applicants should ideally live in Calanais or adjacent areas, ideally be able to converse in Gaelic and may be called on to act as media spokesperson for the trust

Capital Projects

  • Support the board in the execution of the Calanais 2025 development project
  • Contribute expertise in one or more of building design, construction planning and project management

 It is envisaged that this Director / Trustee will become the Chair of the Project Delivery Board for the Calanais 2025 project

 Applicants should ideally live in Lewis, but applicants from other areas will be considered

Whether you are an experienced director / trustee or looking to make the first step into this arena, if you feel you have some of the skills and attributes listed, we would love to have a conversation with you.

 Length of term/Remuneration

The appointments are for 3 years. The role is not remunerated but will give the successful applicant the opportunity to shape, influence and deliver one of the most significant tourism infrastructure projects in the Highlands and Islands.

Like many small community organisations, our directors / trustees are expected to be hands on and commit around 10 hours/month attending Board meetings plus pre-meeting preparation, and other meetings or inputs as required. They are also expected to lead initiatives that support the delivery of the board’s plans

Applicants will be expected to comply with our code of conduct for directors / trustees


Closing date – 31st August 2022

More info about UnT –

For a further discussion, e-mail Ian Fordham, Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If interested, send a brief CV and letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.