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Non-Executive Director

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Remuneration:£316.97 per day 

Location:across the HIAL Estate 

Closing date:29 October 2021 at midnight 

Appointment of a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

Appointment commencing on 1 March 2022

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint one new Non-Executive Director to the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL).  The appointment will be for three years and take effect from 1 March 2022.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

HIAL is a public body wholly owned by Scottish Ministers.  The Company operates and manages 11 airports in the Highlands and Islands (Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick) and Dundee.  These airports are vital to the social and economic welfare of the areas they serve and enable the communities to stay connected.

None of HIAL’s airports operates on a solely commercial basis and the Scottish Government provides subsidy to HIAL to close the gap between commercial revenue and operating costs to allow services to be maintained.

HIAL is also a private company and those appointed to the Board will also be a limited company director registered at Companies House for HIAL and subsidiaries Dundee Airport Limited and Airport Management Services Limited.  The appointment, therefore, has Companies Act responsibilities.

Board Responsibilities

Issues considered by the Board include security, safety and operational matters, regulatory compliance, commercial and route development, financial management, risk management, customer experience, regional priorities, pay and pensions. 

The Board meets regularly to provide strategic direction and oversight.  It is made up of six Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) and two Executive Directors.  Major policy decisions are made at Board level drawing on information provided by the Managing Director and the senior management team, the Scottish Government (represented at Board meetings by the Transport Scotland Assessor) and other appropriate sources.  The decisions of the Board are actioned through the Managing Director and the senior management team of the Company.  Non-Executive Directors play an important role, along with the Board Chair, in ensuring that this process works smoothly and effectively.  Further information on the Board can be found at

About the Non-Executive Director role

Non-Executive Directors of the HIAL Board:

  • provide leadership to the Company within the framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed;

  • set the Company’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its shareholder, communities and others are understood and met;

  • set the Company’s strategic aims – aligned to the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework ( –  ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the Company to meet its objectives (within the resources allocated by the Scottish Government and the revenue generated from the Company’s activities), and overseeing management and Board performance;

  • ensure that the Company meets its obligations as set out in the HIAL Framework Document –

  • contribute to consideration of key issues before the Board;

  • prepare for, and attend, meetings of the Company and its committees;

  • attend other meetings and seminars on behalf of the Company (as required);

  • provide active support for the Company, promote commitment to its core values, policies and objectives, and provide effective, strategic support to the Company in the management and operation of its airports, ensuring that it meets Ministerial aims;

  • assist in the development, approval and monitoring of the Company’s corporate plans which demonstrate how the Company contributes to National Outcomes;

  • approve, where appropriate, a statement of accounts for each financial year on the basis determined by the Scottish Ministers;

  • monitor the financial position of the Company against budget allocations and key financial targets and ensure corrective action is taken where required;

  • establish good partnership working with other organisations and participate in reference groups, discussion forums and open meetings (as required); and

  • carry out other tasks that may reasonably be required.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

The successful candidate should demonstrate evidence of:

  • experience at a senior executive level in HR;

  • analytical and decision making ability;

  • excellent interpersonal skills;

  • an understanding of Highlands and Islands issues; and

  • longer term planning/seeing the bigger picture.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

Non-Executive Directors devote up to two days per month to the role and receive £316.97 per day.  Reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.  The appointment is non-pensionable.

Length of Term

The appointment is for three years and takes effect from 1 March 2022.  Reappointment is not automatic and is subject to performance and the individual continuing to satisfy the requirements of the role.

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK.  Please see the applicant information pack for further details.

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at  If you experience any difficulties accessing the site, please contact 0300 244 1898 or email

The closing date for completed applications is 29 October 2021.

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 Freephone 0300 244 1898 or

The Scottish Government is committed to appointment on merit, diversity and equality for public appointments.  Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on the Board such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

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