Are you passionate about supporting very young children and their families? We at Cattanach are looking for individuals with expertise in key areas relating to our grant making work in the Early Years sector to join us as Cattanach Associates. Together, we want to drive positive change for very young children in Scotland and hope to strengthen our support for frontline Early Years organisations.

We are particularly interested to hear from individuals with experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Early Years Practice
  • Early Years setting management & operations
  • Infant mental health
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Early learning (in general, but also with specialisation e.g. additional support needs, English as a Second Language etc.)
  • Dads works
  • Social work (with an Early Years focus)
  • Outdoor/Nature play
  • Voluntary organisation governance
  • Finance/Accounting (with a focus on charities)
  • Governance (with a focus on charities)
  • Family law
  • Criminal justice
  • Charity fundraising
  • Capital project management/Architecture

This list is not exhaustive, of course. If you feel you could add value to Cattanach's work in different ways, please contact our Chief Executive Dr Sophie Flemig for an informal chat. We welcome applications from individuals in the private, voluntary and public sectors.


We ask that all candidates demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the four Cattanach values:

  • integrity - We strive to be fair, ethical and accountable.
  • love - We recognise the importance of nurturing relationships, with kindness and compassion at the heart of all our work.
  • consideration - We are mindful of the challenges, hopes and aspirations of others.
  • hope - We are passionate about enabling change through our work with partners and the organisations we support.

As Associate with Cattanach, we will ask you to perform one of three tasks on an as-needed basis:

  1. support the Grant Committee as a co-opted member,
  2. provide capacity support to the charities we are funding,
  3. provide advisory support to Cattanach Trustees and the executive team.

This is all on a flexible basis, which means that you can work around your other professional or personal commitments. We do not commit to a minimum number of hours of work per year. We would expect the average Associate to be asked to work for between one to five days per year, subject to our grant making work and demand for capacity support.

You will be line managed by the Chief Executive and receive thorough on-board training, together with annual appraisals and peer learning across the Associate network supported by the Business and Development Officer.

Application notes

To apply please send an up-to-date CV and a completed application form to our Chief Executive, Dr Sophie Flemig. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend a virtual interview. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis and we would encourage you to submit as soon as you are happy to do so.

Associate Job Description