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The tourism group for the Western Isles needs new directors, particularly from North Lewis, Barra and Berneray. 

Outer Hebrides Tourism says a new opportunity has arisen to join the Executive Board of OHT,  the official voice of tourism businesses across the Outer Hebrides.

They say: "We are an ambitious, forward thinking, and collaborative Destination Management Organisation (DMO) composed of a Delivery Team, an Executive Board, and an Industry Council.

"We are a membership led organisation and around half of the industry, here on the islands, are members.

"Our aims are ambitious, and our Outlook 2030 strategy plans are in place to positively enhance the benefits of tourism across the Outer Hebrides by delivering an outstanding experience for our visitors, and the very best for our businesses, our people, our communities, and our environment.  We aspire to a sustainable visitor economy that supports, not damages, these shared values.

"As part of its succession plans the Executive Board is looking to appoint new Directors to provide strategic direction and support in the execution of our Outlook 2030 strategy, and to guide the Delivery Team in the running of the DMO.

"We would particularly be looking to seek representation from North Lewis, Barra and Berneray; and those in sectors such as food & drink, camping, fishing, boat tours and other activity providers.

"The role is voluntary and is not remunerated but will give the successful applicant the opportunity to shape, influence and deliver the DMO’s ambitious plans and strategy and most importantly support over 400 island-based businesses/members.

"Time commitment varies, but on average a minimum of 8-10 hours per month attending Board meetings – given current challenges these are held virtually – plus pre-meeting preparation, and other meetings or inputs as required.'

Those interested have to apply by Monday January 31.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Help lead, engage, contribute, and steer the organisation to deliver our Outlook 2030 strategy and other activities.
  • Approve the statement of accounts for each financial year in line with the responsibilities of a director.
  • Work with external stakeholders to promote our activities and strategy plans. Stakeholders include Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland and Islands Enterprise and VisitScotland.
  • Support and engage with our members and industry council.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the organisation and advocate its vision and mission to all stakeholders

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • People leadership
  • Managing performance, both financial and people-related 
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide range of people 
  • Team player skills
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate complex discussions and projects and recognise the implications for the Destination Management Organisation and local community