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Remuneration:£6,984 per annum 


Closing date:15 October 2021 at midnight 


Scottish Ministers are seeking applications for Members of the Board of Bòrd na Gàidhlig


Who are we?

We are Bòrd na Gàidhlig and we are the national language body - a statutory Non-Departmental Public Body established under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. We are responsible for safeguarding the future of Gaelic in Scotland through the preparation and leading the delivery of the National Plan for Gaelic 2018-23 for Scottish Ministers, which sets out our objectives to promote and develop activities supporting the Gaelic language.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking to appoint up to three Board Members to our Board. The range of skills, knowledge and experience we are looking for is set out below and in more detail in the Applicant Pack.

We would welcome applications from a wide age range of individuals (you are never too old or too young!), those living in or working with Gaelic rural or Island Communities and those with a passion for Gaelic, who are keen Gaelic is seen and heard on a daily basis and is recognised across Scotland as an integral part of Scottish life. At this time and in order to achieve a balanced board applications would be particularly welcome from women and young people.

If this sounds like you, please do consider applying!

Members of the Board

We are looking for Board Members who have a background and experience in at least one of these areas:

  • Governance, Audit and Risk,

  • Gaelic Learning and Education,

  • Planning, Research and Evaluation, or

  • Collaborative Working and Engagement.

In addition to the skills listed above, we are looking for Individuals who meet the requirements in all of these areas (you can find out more in the application pack):  

  1. Confident Gaelic communication skills

  2. Oversight and Accountability

  3. Effective analysis and decision making

  4. Communication, constructive challenge and resilience

  5. Team Working

What’s involved?

It is an exciting and challenging time to be involved in the promotion of Gaelic in Scotland and more specifically in the work of Bòrd na Gàidhlig. This is a rewarding opportunity for individuals to: 

  • help promote the use and understanding of Gaelic language, education and culture;

  • support Bòrd na Gàidhlig in being the principal advisor to Scottish Ministers on Gaelic language, education and culture;

  • advise public bodies, and those responsible for delivering public services, on how Gaelic language, education and culture should be considered and integrated in public service delivery;

  • provide senior support and guidance to the Chief Executive on his/her continuing professional development;

  • build and maintain strong working relationships with Gaelic organisations, the wider Gaelic community (both communities of interest and geographically-based communities), and a wide range of other organisations to achieve strong joint working in delivering National Gaelic Language Plan objectives.


All Board and Committee meetings are held online at present and are available to the public. Board members have the opportunity to attend meetings virtually from a variety of locations across Scotland and this will continue to be offered in the future.


Yes! Board Member remuneration is £6,984 per annum based on a daily rate of £194 for a commitment of 3 days a month (36 days a year). This is subject to annual review. 


The closing date for applications is midnight Friday 15 October 2021.

Interviews will take place on 17, 18 & 19 November 2021. (Depending on circumstances and guidance at the time, interviews may be in person or by video-link.)

The appointments will take effect from 1 January 2022.  

How can I apply?

Our website allows you to apply online, via the link below. An application pack and full details on these posts and other public appointments can also be found below.

We value very highly the benefits of having different points of view and experiences on our Board.  Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented on Bòrd na Gàidhlig, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, people aged under 50 and are seeking a broad geographical spread of candidates to ensure that the Bòrd carries representation from across mainland Scotland and its Islands.

Please do complete our monitoring form when you apply as this helps us to ensure that the appointments process is accessible to everyone.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or at

Application forms are available in Gaelic on request.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality. 

Application Information

Our website allows you to apply online, via a link below.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or if you would prefer to apply using a Word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or by email at