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Remuneration:£275 per day 

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:27 October 2017 at midnight 

Can you help put creativity at the heart of Scottish society?

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works, studies or visits here.  The organisation distributes funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery with an annual budget of around £80m and a staff team of more than 100 people.

The Scottish Government is seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead Creative Scotland in the delivery of the ambitions set out in its 10 Year Plan, Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition, to the benefit of the arts and culture and to the people of Scotland as a whole.  The current chair, Ben Thomson, took over on an interim basis following the death the previous incumbent, Richard Findlay.

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic and adaptive leader with proven experience at senior level, who will lead the Board and work effectively with the Chief Executive, Janet Archer, her leadership team and her team of dedicated, committed and experienced staff.

The Chair will help steer the strategic direction of the organisation, overseeing its effective governance, financial accountability and its delivery of value as a public body, in line with Scottish Government and Ministerial priorities. The successful candidate must be a highly effective collaborator, influencer and communicator, positively representing Creative Scotland in public and in the media.  Importantly, he or she must have passion for, and understanding of, creativity and the value it delivers to all our lives culturally, socially and economically.

This is a high profile position in Scottish public life and one where there is an opportunity to make a significant and positive difference to Scotland’s creative life, society and economy. As such, we encourage applications from individuals who feel they have the knowledge, experience, energy and dynamism to successfully fulfil the demands of the role.

You must be able to demonstrate the following personal qualities, skills and experience:

  • Passion for, and knowledge and understanding of, the arts, screen and creative industries in a Scottish context

  • The capacity to work effectively across sectors, beyond the boundaries of arts, screen and creative industries

  • Managing performance and governance

  • Leading the Board and organisation

 This is an exciting time for Creative Scotland across the full range of its responsibilities as they enter the fourth year of delivery of the 10 Year Plan.  An important strategic development for Creative Scotland in the 2017 Programme for Government is to increase support for the screen sector through the establishment of a dedicated Screen Unit to combine expertise from Scotland’s creative and enterprise partners and oversee support for the sector, prioritising input from the industry itself.  This year they will also refresh their strategies on the arts, screen and creative industries while continuing to develop the case for future investment in these sectors which are vital to the economy and inclusive growth.

The selection panel welcomes applications from people with experience in the arts, screen or creative industries.  The selection criteria includes one desirable criterion on screen which reflects Creative Scotland’s leadership role in enhancing Scotland’s screen industry.  This desirable criterion will only be considered once all essential criteria have been met.

Full details of the criteria to be met for the position are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack.

Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service and are committed to the work of Creative Scotland.

Scottish Ministers welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50.

Remuneration:  The Chair appointment attracts remuneration of £13,200 per annum, based on a daily fee of £275 for an average of up to 4 days per month, plus reasonable expenses.     The appointment is not pensionable.  All reasonable receipted dependant-carer expenses, including childcare, and for support required helping you carry out your duties effectively will also be reimbursed where applicable.

Time commitment:  At present the anticipated time commitment for the Chair is around 4 days per month on Board business including attending events.  There will also be periods when pressure of business will require additional time.

Appointment details:  Scottish Ministers determine the length of appointments for Board appointments.  Appointments are normally for a four year term, with the possibility of re-appointment up to a maximum combined length of eight years.

Location:  Creative Scotland operates from Waverley Gate in Edinburgh and The Lighthouse in Glasgow.  Board meetings alternate between these sites, with occasional meetings held in other locations across Scotland.  The Chair will also attend relevant events held across the country.

Closing date for applicants is Friday 27th October 2017


Application Information

If you require any reasonable adjustments to support you through the application and selection process, you should contact the Scottish Government Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or at public.appointments@gov.scot.

Additional Information

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