Chair - Glasgow Tool Library

  • VO97200

  • Committee Work
  • Opportunity start date: 6th June 2023
  • Opportunity end date: 3rd December 2023


Glasgow Tool Library is a community-led charity that aims to radically change the way we access and manage resources. Our mission is to build a sustainable and inclusive alternative to consumerism that also promotes community wellbeing and empowerment. The service works like a regular library, but instead of books, people can access an extensive selection of tools and equipment for their homes, gardens, hobbies and adventures.

Our Board of Trustees ensures that the organisation fulfills all its governance and legal requirements and operates efficiently. It maintains an overview of policy and strategic direction rather than being involved in day-to-day operations. We are now looking for an experienced Chairperson to oversee our governance and help Glasgow Tool Library take the next step in its future development towards promoting sharing over shopping.

Key Responsibilities:

Lead the board of trustees in setting the charity's strategic direction and goals
Ensure that the charity's mission is fulfilled and that it operates in accordance with its values and principles
Oversee the charity's finances, including budgeting, fundraising, and financial reporting
Oversee the recruitment and management of staff (currently 2 part time, paid employees) and volunteers
Ensure that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
Act as an ambassador for Glasgow Tool Library, promoting our aims and values
Develop and maintain relationships with OSCR and key stakeholders, including government agencies, other charities and community groups
Monitor and evaluate the charity's performance and impact, and make recommendations for improvement

The Board meets formally every two months – usually virtually, although aims for a minimum of one in-person strategy meeting each year – with email and WhatsApp correspondence between meetings. There are also ad-hoc meetings and decisions depending on the circumstances of the organisation.

Board members are encouraged to support additional GTL activities and attend community events.

Next steps
Please register your interest or contact Glasgow Tool Library directly at

Closing date for applications is 14/7/2023, however, we encourage you to apply early as we will be conducting interviews on an ongoing basis.

If you are interested please click the ‘Apply’ button below (available when logged in and registered). You will then be contacted by the Project Coordinator by email or phone. If you have not heard back after 5 working days, the first step is to contact the Project Coordinator, Carly at You could also check your junk/spam folder on your emails just in case the response is there. If that doesn’t work out then please feel free to contact Volunteer Glasgow at











Experience required: > Experience in nonprofit management, including experience in a leadership role > Strong leadership, with the ability to chair discussions, and steer towards consensus decision-making > Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders > Strong financial management skills, with experience in budgeting, fundraising, and financial reporting > Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements for charities > Commitment
Travel details: Board meetings will be online, so you can be based at home.
Minimum age: 14


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Glasgow Tool Library can cover some limited expenses, such as travel or meeting costs.