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Remuneration:£309 per day 


Closing date:23 November 2020 at midnight 



Do you have the passion to make a difference for the people of Scotland?  Are you a strategic-thinker with a real focus on improvement?  Do you have the confidence and skills to take on one of today’s most important and demanding public service roles?

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to five Members to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and would welcome applications from those who believe they could make a positive and confident contribution to the SPA and its future development.  These roles require commitment and energy and offer a unique opportunity to help build a safer, stronger, more resilient Scotland through the effective oversight of an essential public service that touches the whole of society.

The role of the Authority

The Authority is a scrutiny body, overseeing a separately constituted organisation.  This differs from more conventional public bodies where the Board and executive are part of the same corporate entity.  The Members of the Authority along with their executive colleagues, have to demonstrate a healthy but constructive degree of inquisitiveness and challenge.

Policing touches every aspect of Scottish life. It protects and distributes our human rights, upholds the laws we are all subject to, and is there to protect community safety and wellbeing. The Authority must be able to identify, understand, articulate and apply the necessary public interest tests to how Police Scotland performs its duties.

Role and Responsibilities

As a member of the SPA you will be expected to work with your Board and executive colleagues to:

  • deliver the Authority’s statutory functions in a manner that recognises the needs of Scotland’s communities

  • recognise the importance of upholding public confidence in policing in Scotland and actively contribute to that outcome

  • develop and exhibit a clear understanding of the respective roles and responsibilities of Police Scotland, the SPA and the Scottish Government

  • foster a culture of continuous improvement within both the SPA and Police Scotland

  • take informed, transparent decisions that manage risk and promote public accountability

  • think strategically, scrutinise and challenge constructively, and support effectively

  • be resilient and demonstrate the ability to operate under high levels of scrutiny

  • promote the values of good governance through your behaviour and conduct, and act with due regard to the Scottish Government’s ‘On Board’ guidance

  • bring objectivity and independent thinking to your role aligned to the ability to work collaboratively

  • contribute effectively beyond your own area of specialism while applying that expertise where appropriate

  • participate actively in all relevant training and development opportunities

Time Commitment

Members are expected to devote on average 6 days per month performing their functions as and when required; this is made up of full and part days.


You will receive a fee of £309 per day for every 7.5 hours (excluding meal breaks) devoted to performing your functions (as required or requested by the Authority) on a pro rata basis plus expenses that appear to the Authority to be necessary or expedient for the proper discharge of your functions.

Length of appointment

The appointment will be for up to four years with the possibility of reappointment, subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond.  Reappointment is not automatic.  Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not exceed a maximum total of eight years.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented at member level on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50. 

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

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

Completed applications must be received on or before 23 November 2020.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.


Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or by email at

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