Trustees and Directors

Our Board of Trustees and Directors is elected by Hostelling Scotland members or co-opted by the Board. The Board of Trustees and Directors is responsible for Governance rather than Management of Hostelling Scotland. Governance focuses on the wider issues of the organisation, its vision, strategic direction, financial and resource sustainability to achieve its charitable objectives and monitoring the progress of the implementation. The day to day conduct of the strategic and operational executive management is delegated by the Board to the Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team.

The Board of Trustees and Directors elections are conducted annually prior to the Annual General meeting and published through all Hostelling Scotland communication channels. Biographies and ballot forms for those nominated for Board election can be downloaded or sought from Head Office.

Those interested in giving their time, skills and experience to take Hostelling Scotland forward through the 21st century are encouraged to get in touch with the Company Secretary ( for further information and an informal discussion on the commitment involved in being a Trustee and Director of Hostelling Scotland.

Current Board of Trustees and Directors
David Calder Chair
Martin Ambrose Vice Chair, Convenor Audit and Risk Committee
Sally Mayer Vice-Chair & Convenor of Governance Nomination Committee
Michael Anderson Board Member
Duncan Craig Board Member
Claire McCorquodale Board Member
Paul Randall Board Member
William Thomson Board Member 
Michael West Board Member
Senior Management
Margo Paterson Chief Executive Officer
Sabine Mackenzie Director of Operations
David Powrie Director of Finance and Resources

Board Election Results 2018

Scottish Youth Hostels Association is grateful to all four candidates who participated, and to those members who cast their votes, in the recent Board Election which closed on Monday 30th April 2018. We received 463 ballots, with 1184 votes cast.

The results of the election are detailed below, with Martin Ambrose, Jo Smith and Mike West being appointed with effect from the meeting of the Board in June 2018.


Results Paper Ballots Online Ballots Total
Martin Ambrose


159 356
Jo Smith 167 124 291
Douglas Norris 132 81 213
Mike West 166 158 324
  662 522 1184

Margo Paterson

Company Secretary
7th May 2018


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Articles of Association

Annual Report 2016-17   Annual Report 2015-16