COPE Ltd. Seeks New Board Members

Marlene Sim, Neil Jamieson, and John Tait talk strategy and funding for a bright future. Marlene Sim, Neil Jamieson, and John Tait talk strategy and funding for a bright future.Our successful social enterprise and registered charity, COPE Ltd, is looking to recruit new voluntary directors to help take this dynamic organisation forwards into the future. Like many organisations across Shetland, COPE Ltd relies on highly skilled members of our community stepping up to give their time and skills to a cause they believe in.

COPE is currently governed by a board of seven serving directors, drawn from the local community. They come from all walks of life and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Several of the current directors have been with the organisation for a considerable length of time and are keen to see new faces join the team and help drive COPE’s strategic vision moving forwards.

Chair, Neil Jamieson, said “We’re all really passionate and dedicated to ensuring COPE continues to provide the key community services it always has done. Next year will see us celebrate our 25th year in business and we’re keen to attract additional directors to the board. Strength in numbers would really help us rise to the task of ensuring that COPE’s long-term future is secure, and the organisation develops in step with the needs of our community.”

COPE would be delighted to hear from anyone who is keen to take up a voluntary role which allows them to get involved in a worthwhile cause. The role involves taking responsibility for the governance and strategy of the organisation, whilst making sure that it is administered effectively. They are particularly interested in hearing from people who have a background in HR, Business, Finance or Legal services.

With a background in marketing and design, Amy Gair joined the board in January 2021 and finds her role with COPE really rewarding – “Although it’s been challenging to come into an organisation at a time when it was really difficult to meet people and get to know all the intricacies of such a complex scenario, it’s a truly brilliant organisation to work with. We have just appointed Steven Coutts as the new CEO, and I’m really looking forward to being part of the next chapter in COPE’s development. I’d recommend the role of a director to anyone, it’s such a fulfilling thing to do.”

If you think this could be for you, please get in touch. For an informal chat to find out more about the role and the application process, contact COPE’s current Chair, Neil Jamieson via email at or on 07803 555 846, or the Vice Chair, John Tait, at or on 07900 492 976.