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Remuneration:£350 per day 


Closing date:16 March 2018 at midnight 

Water Industry Commission for Scotland – Appointment of the Chair

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.  Scottish Ministers welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people and people aged under 50.

Water Industry Commission for Scotland

The Water Industry Commission (the Commission) is established under the Water Industry Act 2002 to undertake the economic regulation of Scottish Water.  The Commission is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) of six members comprising five non-executive members, including the Chair, and a Chief Executive.  It has collective responsibility for the promotion of the interests of water customers through the robust and independent economic regulation of Scottish Water.  The Commission is funded through a levy on water charges.

The Commission’s principal roles are to determine the charge income that Scottish Water requires to achieve Ministers’ objectives for it at lowest overall reasonable cost; to monitor and report on Scottish Water’s performance; and to control through a licensing regime the provision of retail water and sewerage services to non-domestic customers.  The Scottish Government also looks to the Commission to play an appropriate role in its Hydro Nation Agenda.

The office of the Commission, based in Stirling, comprises 26 staff.  The Commission is responsible for ensuring that the Chief Executive manages the staff and other resources made available to it so that the Commission’s functions are discharged efficiently and effectively.

The Chair Role

The Chair will ensure that the Commission:

  • sets and pursues a clear strategy to carry out its statutory obligations;

  • sets price limits that both protect the interests of customers in Scotland and allow Scottish Water to meet Scottish Ministers’ objectives;

  • monitors, together with the quality regulators (the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland), consumer representatives and the Scottish Government, the progress made by Scottish Water in delivery of the outputs/outcomes set by Ministers;

  • ensures the effective operation of the retail market;

  • promotes the interests of water customers in Scotland;

  • makes an effective and appropriate contribution to the Hydro Nation Agenda;

  • maintains high standards of corporate governance;

  • maintains its reputation as an innovative regulatory body;

  • is committed to equality of opportunity and to developing and maintaining a diverse organisation.

The Chair will also be required to undertake regular and effective assessment of the performance of the non-executive members and the Chief Executive.

Skills, knowledge and experience required

The successful applicant must demonstrate a comprehensive and realistic understanding of the challenges facing Scottish Water and its economic regulation, and the roles of other regulators and the Scottish Government.  He/she must also demonstrate board level experience in a relevant body or sector and have the ability to communicate a clear vision of how economic regulation should develop in the interest of customers, the financial sustainability of Scottish Water and the effectiveness of the retail market.  The successful applicant must also demonstrate evidence of:

  • effective leadership;

  • constructive and supportive challenge;

  • analysis; and

  • governance.


Term of Appointment

The appointment is for four years.  There is the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond.  Any appointments and subsequent reappointments will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.


The Chair receives £350.00 per day (amounting to £36,400 per year).  Travel and subsistence costs and reasonable receipted childcare and dependent carer expenses directly related to the Commission’s work will also be reimbursed.  The position is non-pensionable.

Time Commitment

The Chair will spend on average, up to two days per week over the year.  This comprises attendance at board meetings (around 10 meetings per year) and other corporate events with appropriate allowance for preparation and travel time.  Flexibility is the key to meeting this time commitment – the Commission’s business needs may involve greater or less time than two days in any given week.


Around 10 meetings are held per year at the Commission offices in Stirling.


There is no bar on non-British nationals applying for and being appointed to the board of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs).  However, applicants must be legally entitled to work in the UK.

Applicants are also ineligible to apply if they are:

  • a member of the Scottish Parliament;

  • a member of the House of Commons;

  • a member of the European Parliament.


If applicants have previously held such office and wish to apply, one year must have elapsed from the day on which this office was last held.

Applicants will also be ineligible to apply for this appointment if they have already served a total of eight years as a Chair of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

The closing date for applications is 16 March 2018.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality




Application Information

Further information

For further information on the Water Industry Commission for Scotland’s duties and functions, access the website at www.watercommission.co.uk.  If applicants have any questions about the role or would like to have an informal conversation about it, they should contact Bob Irvine, Deputy Director, Water Industry, Scottish Government on 0131 244 0246 or at bob.irvine@gov.scot.

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.



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