CalMac seeks mem­bers for new com­mu­nity board

The Oban Times - - News -

FERRY op­er­a­tor CalMac is look­ing to form a com­mu­nity board to be the voice of the peo­ple across its Clyde and He­brides Ferry Ser­vices (CHFS).

CalMac is now invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from res­i­dents of the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties cov­ered by the CHFS con­tract to form a com­mu­nity board.

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.

The board will com­prise 12 mem­bers plus an in­de­pen­dent, paid chair­man and be separate from the CalMac board. The ferry op­er­a­tor will not have a seat at the ta­ble.

Brian said: ‘We are keen the board fo­cuses on the high level strate­gic is­sues fac­ing their com­mu­ni­ties. We also see it as a great op­por­tu­nity to bring to­gether a group of peo­ple who are knowl­edge­able and well-in­formed about the net­work and not just their own area or route.’ He added: ‘We want to be sure the com­mu­nity board re­mains fresh and rel­e­vant and there­fore pro­pose mem­ber­ship will be for 12 months in the first in­stance while the board is set up. Af­ter that mem­ber­ship will be for 24 months, with the op­tion of an ex­ten­sion.’

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

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