New Chairman at the helm

We are delighted to welcome a new Chairman to the Board, as we embed our new strategy for 2018 to 2023.

Galashiels’ resident, Bill White, will take over from Peter Duncan in this pivotal role. A former managing director, with extensive management, financial and business experience, Bill has a strong profile across the region having worked for Scottish Borders Council and holding roles with Energise Gala and Gala Remembers.

The role of the Board, led by the Chairman, is to set the strategic direction of the company and monitor performance. Bill White said: “I’ve been part of the Live Borders’ Board over the last four years, in my role as a councillor and latterly as an individual. Peter has been integral to many developments in his time as Chairman and I look forward to making my own mark as we deliver the new strategy which focuses on a commitment to making our communities healthier, happier and stronger.”

The new Live Borders strategy has a strong focus on participation, experience and collaboration and emphasis on the charitable status of the organisation, with every penny spent in Live Borders’ venues being reinvested into supporting active, creative and healthy communities in the Scottish Borders.

Ewan Jackson, CEO for Live Borders, said: “Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to Peter for the fantastic contribution he has made to Live Borders. His expertise and experience were invaluable as the organisation came to fruition, and beyond.

“Bill will bring a very different, but very welcome, approach to the role of Chairman. With experience in both private and third sector, he is the ideal person to help us embed our new strategy with both internal and external stakeholders. It is exciting times ahead for our organisation and we look forward to collaboration and partnership across the Borders, providing quality experiences for our local residents and visitors alike.”

Scottish Borders Council’s cultural services joined Borders Sport and Leisure Trust to form Live Borders in 2016. Live Borders offers residents and visitors a wealth of services that inspire positive lifestyle choices through the use of libraries, sports centres, museums and galleries, archives, country park and community venues.

There are a range of programmes, projects and initiatives which target inequalities and aim to improve the life chances for the most disadvantaged and provide opportunities for sporting, cultural and leisure activities.

For further information on the Live Borders’ strategy visit: https://www.liveborders.org.uk/strategy

Live Borders is a charity. Every penny you spend with us is reinvested into supporting active, creative and healthy communities in the Scottish Borders.