The EMAS Foundation is a charitable trust which is affiliated with, but independent of, the Edinburgh Montessori Arts School.

It is not change itself that poses challenge but how we cope with change, and a need for tools and support has never been more evident. Life in the 21st century is fast-paced and we want to take Montessori into the wider community.

Montessori observed how interdependencies between all living things impact each other and our planet. Using insight and the tools she developed, we believe that we can help communities of all kinds to learn, develop and grow stronger together. This will benefit all our lives as well as our living environment.


We are currently expanding our Board of Trustees to work with volunteers, other charities, interested people and the Edinburgh Montessori Arts School to help bring Montessori’s approach to diverse communities. To do this, we engage with a growing range of diverse communities to develop initiatives that will benefit everyone.

This is a role with exciting potential to develop new partnerships, new projects, and new connections.

  • The Trustee role is about engaging with diverse groups in Edinburgh, Scotland and internationally and partnering with / helping to develop initiatives where the Montessori approach can add value.
  • Benefits: you will be part of fascinating work with an enthusiastic and diverse team of others. There is scope to help set the strategic direction of the Foundation, and to provide support and guidance to the Board. You will join our team of Ambassadors who help ensure that everyone knows what we do and how we can help, if they need us.
  • Experience: we are particularly interested in Trustees with knowledge or experience of community initiatives / stakeholder engagement / business / fundraising or grant seeking or finance / education / the natural world / caring fields. The Foundation encourages applications from a range of backgrounds, and you do not need to have previous Montessori experience. Passion and/or lived experience is also interesting for us.
  • Time Commitment: it is anticipated that a minimum of 1 day per month, to suit your own schedule and interests, might be appropriate.
  • Board meetings: we envisage one short Board meeting per month which it will be important to attend. Board meetings will be a mix of zoom meetings, and physical meetings in Edinburgh.
  • Remuneration: a Trustee is a voluntary position and is not remunerated, however, agreed travel and associated expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Service: Trustees serve for a 3-year term (renewable).

Applying to become a Trustee

To apply for a Trustee role, please send an email indicating why you are interested and your CV.  You are very welcome to get in touch if you have questions.

The small print – it is important to be actively interested in the objectives of the Foundation and willing to dedicate limited time to ensuring that the work of the Foundation makes an impact. Good governance as set out in charity law, OSCR requirements and accepted best practice is expected. Applicants must be eligible to be appointed as a charity trustee based on the conditions laid out in Section 69 of the Charity and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. The EMAS Foundation is about to convert from a Charitable Trust (SC046784) to a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation).

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