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In the last edition of the Scottish Hosteller, nominations for Council and Board members were invited. Tree nominations were received for seven available places and as a consequence there will be no requirement for a Council election to be conducted in 2012. Te three nominees will become members of Council at the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 25 August 2012 at Glasgow Youth Hostel and their biographies follow for your information.

Te new roof at Torridon Hostel

Martin Ambrose, Chartered Accountant I developed a passion for the wildness and remoteness of the mountains of Scotland in my late teens and early twenties. I stayed all over

Scotland in Youth Hostels, as I climbed many of the Munros in both winter and summer. The diversity of the fellow hostellers really added to the experience, as did the different characteristics of each Youth Hostel. More recently, I have started to introduce

my eight-year-old son to the adventures of hostelling. To date, his favourite Youth Hostel is on Islay. After a bit of encouragement, my 74-year-old mother had her first stay at a Youth Hostel on Shetland last summer. From a professional perspective, I can bring


Did you know that over the last three years SYHA Hostelling Scotland has been quietly investing in Torridon Youth Hostel? Te Youth Hostel has a new roof, new

windows and refurbished washrooms. With the help of Community Energy Scotland we have installed solar panels and improved the roof insulation. Tere is a programme of ongoing redecoration including extra sofas and new carpets in some areas. Following feedback from guests, power sockets will be installed in all the bedrooms during 2012. Hostel Manager Mat Webster told

Hosteller: “I always encourage guests to tell us what they think about their stay. It’s really important for us to keep improving the hostel in the way hostellers want.” In 2010, Torridon was

ranked top SYHA Youth Hostel by guest feedback. Te results for 2011 are to be announced after this edition of Hosteller goes to press so keep an eye on the blog for the results.




extensive risk management and corporate governance experience from my work with Standard Life and a variety of other companies. This experience is underpinned by my Chartered Accountant and Corporate Treasurer qualifications. I believe I can bring practical insights into the needs of different generations of hostellers backed by strong business acumen.

Proposed: Victor H. Bourne Seconded: Crispin Agnew Also nominated for Board

Charles McCaul, Senior Scientific Officer (retired) For 13 years, I have carried out duties as a volunteer manager at SYHA Youth Hostels and from this experience I have gained some understanding of the expectations of our members. In addition, my previous membership of the Edinburgh District Committee plus my recent five years as a

Council Member, have given me an insight into the problems involved in the maintenance of our hostels. I will continue to support SYHA as a volunteer, and if re-elected as a Council Member, to further the charitable mission and objectives of SYHA and, in particular, to support the provision of a network of great Youth Hostels.

Proposed: Merv Dudgeon Seconded: Donald Robertson

Jane Heather Overton, Voluntary Sector Worker We live in ‘interesting times’ , as the Chinese saying has it. We need to respect SYHA’s ethos, enable new generations to have life-enhancing experiences and, at the same time, adapt to their changing lifestyles and expectations. To meet our charitable mission, which is

to serve people, we need to manage our properties. In the foreseeable climate this won’t be easy, but if we don’t balance our own books, no-one else will do it for us. I believe that we must operate our governance system more inclusively. We should forge a more active role for the Council because it is both the formal interface between SYHA’s members and its Board, and the route through which members can develop their involvement with a view to joining the Board. I have been a member of the Board for five

years and am actively involved in the Members’ Groups system, particularly Red Triangle Active. I have experience of the voluntary and public sectors, economic development, programming of capital projects and organisational management. This background is relevant both to serving our ethos and to addressing the practicalities of helping SYHA to flourish in ‘interesting times’.

Proposed: John R Baldwin Seconded: Leslie Aird Also nominated for Board


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Council of Scottish Youth Hostels Association will take place at Glasgow Youth Hostel on Saturday 25 August 2012. Registration forms can be downloaded from our website at or requested from National Office on 01786 891400. All Registration forms must be received at SYHA National Office, 7 Glebe Crescent, Stirling, FK8 2JA by 3 August 2012.


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