CalMac recruits members for community board

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Ferry operator CalMac is inviting applications from residents of the rural areas and islands the company serves to form a community board.

The board will have the primary purpose of being a voice of the communities on strategic issues.

The creation of the board was part of CalMac’s successful bid to operate West Coast ferry services for the next eight years, along with the appointment of a director of community and stakeholder engagement, which has been filled by Brian Fulton.

Mr Fulton said: ‘CalMac has always placed a high priority on stakeholder engagement and has traditionally managed this through a combination of formal and informal meetings and events. However, the scale of our network and the way people are spread across it means this can be a challenge.

‘The community board is therefore being formed to bring the aspirations of local communities directly to the main CalMac board with a view to driving economic growth. After widespread informal discussions with local representatives from across the network, we have created its terms of reference and are ready to start recruiting members.’

The board will comprise 12 members plus an independent, paid chairperson. It will be separate from the CalMac board with secretariat services provided by CalMac’s community and stakeholder engagement directorate.

The board will meet twice a year with travel and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed. It is proposed that the first board meeting will take place in early October 2017.

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