CalMac seeks members for new community board
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.