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Remuneration:£25,128 per annum 

Location:Glasgow and Midlothian  

Closing date:08 May 2017 at midday 

Would you like to play a key role in Scottish education?  We are looking to appoint a new Chair to the SQA.

The SQA provides a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services which help people realise their potential and achieve their ambitions.

Length of Appointment

The Chair will be appointed for a period of up to four years at the end of which the appointment may be renewed subject to satisfactory performance appraisal and the skills, knowledge and experience requirements of the Board at the time of renewal. Reappointment is not automatic. 

Time Commitment

The Chair will be required to contribute around 6 days per month to Board business (around 72 days per year).  The Chair will be expected to attend and Chair all Board meetings of which there are usually seven per year.  The majority of these take place on a Wednesday morning either in Glasgow or Shawfair Park, Midlothian.  An indication of the sort of other Board business the Chair is expected to carry out is provided in the Main responsibilities and Chair’s responsibilities sections above.


The Chair appointment currently attracts a remuneration of £25,128 per annum and is non-pensionable.  The Chair is entitled to the reimbursement of all reasonable travel and subsistence costs connected with appointment including reasonable receipted dependants’ carer costs.

Interviews will take place in Edinburgh on the afternoon of 30th May and / or 1st June 2017.

Further information:  Full details of the experience, knowledge and skills required for this appointment are contained in the Applicant Information Pack.  You can access the pack via the link below.

Closing date for applications is midday Monday 8th May 2017.

For full information on the appointment, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.
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, by email at paapplicationsmailbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk, or by writing to Public Appointments, Scottish Government, 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

Additional Information

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