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Chief Executive Officer


Thank you for your interest in the role of CEO at Scottish Canals. In the following pages you will find the information you need to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Scotland’s canals are steeped in history, initially acting as a catalyst for the Industrial Revolution our inland waterway network has contributed to the country’s economy for over 200 years.

Over the last decade, a new vision for Scottish Canals has driven the nation’s 250-year-old inland waterways into a renaissance, reimaging these former industrial transport arteries as corridors of opportunity, tourism, and transformation to greatly benefit the people and economy of Scotland.

In the role of CEO, you will lead the organisation in achieving its vision of delivering long-term financial sustainability and significant public value.

You will understand the importance of the canal network’s built and natural environment, and through considered and sustainable improvement, you will work towards Scottish Government objectives.

This is an exciting time to join Scottish Canals as the CEO will play an instrumental role in helping to shape and guide the future growth and development of the organisation.

An essential heritage resource for Scotland, we manage every element of our 140 miles of canal and their environment, this includes over 4,100 major engineering structures, 560 moorings, 19 reservoirs and Europe’s first Smart Canal which is pioneering in flood management, water drainage and supply.

As we continue to grow and evolve, the CEO will ensure that Scottish Canals continue to deliver outstanding service, whilst being at the helm of managing, operating and safeguarding Scotland’s canals.

Scottish Canals has a driven, talented and highly skilled team delivering services across our network, and if you share a passion for what we do and believe your skills and experience are a good fit for this role, please contact Debbie Shields or Kate Kennedy at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

We hope that after reading this detail you will be excited about this opportunity.


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