The Kiltwalk, the charity that has in the past three years raised more than £ 4.7m for Scottish children’s charities has moved to its next stage of development.
Having successfully built the Kiltwalk into a major series of Scottish walking events, the current Trustees have determined its time to pass the continued development of the charity to a new Board of Trustees.
The new Board has also secured long-term funding and support from The Hunter Foundation, whose chairman, Sir Tom Hunter noted;
“The Kiltwalk is a fantastic concept for raising much needed funds for Scotland’s children’s charities and has our absolute support. We intend over the next couple of months to redefine and improve the model, from the firm foundations already in place, to maximize returns for charities and turbo-charge Scotland’s Kiltwalkers for 2016.”
Michael Ure, outgoing chair of The Kiltwalk noted;
“The retiring board of Trustees leave safe in the knowledge that after what has been a turbulent period, we are delighted to have secured the future of The Kiltwalk through the involvement of Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation.
We have overseen phenomenal growth and passion for The Kiltwalk since 2010 and look forward to this exciting new chapter, aimed at raising even more money for children’s charities across Scotland and, of course, our Scottish kids.
To all our Charity Partners, Kilties, sponsors and beneficiaries thank you for your tremendous support over the years. However a special note of thanks must go to our Kiltwalkers, Teams and staff, we just could not have done it without you.
We wish the incoming Trustees every success as custodians of a very unique charity that is the Kiltwalk family”
The Kiltwalk’s new Board includes significant entrepreneurial, plc, advisory and charity expertise. The former Chief Executive of Powerleague, Europe’s largest owner operator of small sided football Sean Tracey, Partner at EY, Mark Harvey and chief executive of The Hunter Foundation, Ewan Hunter all joining as Trustees with Hunter assuming the role of interim chairman.
Sean Tracey added;
“Having spent the past 13 years as chief executive of Powerleague and building it into the premier small sided football company in Europe I was looking for an exciting opportunity to invest time into helping a great cause I’m delighted to have been asked to join the board. I think we can really build The Kiltwalk out to be a phenomenal success for Scotland and its children’s charities.”
Mark Harvey stated;
“I’ve been looking for charitable cause that I am passionate about and one that I can make a meaningful contribution to since my daughter was treated for leukemia and when this came up I knew it was perfect. Knowing just how much children’s charities need this type of financial support makes this completely compelling for me.”
The new Board will announce a number of innovations to The Kiltwalk for 2016 once the walks already scheduled for 2015 are completed. All past Trustees have now stood down from The Kiltwalk, however Michael Ure will support the new Trustees in an advisory capacity over the next couple of months.