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Remuneration:£206 per day 


Closing date:28 June 2018 at midnight 

Appointment of Members of the Board of the Risk Management Authority

Would you like to play your part in preventing and reducing serious violent and sexual offending by developing best practice in risk assessment and management?  If so, you may be interested to know that Scottish Ministers are looking to make two appointments to the Board of the Risk Management Authority (RMA).

Information about the the RMA

The RMA’s role is to promote public protection by supporting, and developing, professional practice in the assessment and management of the risk of serious harm presented by sexual and other violent offenders in Scotland.  Its overall aim is to facilitate the development of best practice in risk assessment and management to meet the long-term goal to prevent and reduce further offending.

The RMA’s functions include:

  • setting standards and issuing guidance and the delivery of training;

  • accrediting practitioners and methods;

  • approving and monitoring risk management plans for those offenders who receive an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR);

  • keeping under review the national and international research development, and the provision of services in Scotland; and

  • developing policy, carrying out research and making recommendations to Ministers as appropriate

About the Role

As an RMA Board Member your duties will include:

  • contributing to the leadership, direction, support and guidance of the Authority in line with its statutory functions and the policy and resources framework agreed by Scottish Ministers;

  • ensuring that robust arrangements are in place to enable the RMA to take decisions on accrediting persons and/or methods of offender risk management and risk management plans;

  • contributing to the setting of challenging objectives for the RMA in relation to its functions;

  • accrediting persons and methods;

  • monitoring the Authority's performance to ensure  it meets its aims, objectives and performance targets;

  • ensuring prudent stewardship of the public funds for which the Authority is accountable within a framework of best practice, regularity and propriety;

  • ensuring high standards of corporate governance are observed and promoted at all times;

  • maintaining a good relationship between the Authority and its partners/stakeholders and the general public;

  • offering professional advice and guidance on relevant aspects of the work of the RMA.


One position on the Board requires the appointee to be a Forensic Psychologist or a Forensic Psychiatrist.  The second position requires the appointee to have substantial practice and/or research experience in multi-agency public protection.

 Those appointed will also need to demonstrate skills in:

  • analysis and decision making;

  • working co-operatively and collaboratively;

  • communicating effectively; and

  • governance.

Appointment Information

The appointments are for up to four years from 1 October 2018.  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.

Members receive a daily fee of £206.00.  The RMA will pay allowances at rates set centrally for any travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred by Board Members on RMA business.  All reasonable receipted dependant-carer expenses will also be reimbursed where applicable.


As a member of the RMA Board you may spend up to 15 days per year on the Authority’s work.  This includes attending regular Board and/or Committee meetings which will be held at the RMA headquarters in Paisley on the third Monday of every second month.


You are ineligible to apply for this position if:

  • you are not legally entitled to work in the UK;

  • you have already served a total period of eight or more years as an RMA Board Member; and/or

  • you are a RMA Accredited Assessor*.

*If you are an assessor accredited by the RMA you’re free to apply on the condition that you agree to resign from your Assessor role if you are appointed.  You must also agree that you will not seek re-accreditation as an assessor during your term as a Member of the RMA Board.  You will be asked to state this in your application if applicable.

Further Information

More information about the RMA can be found at www.rmascotland.gov.uk/ or by contacting Yvonne Gailey at the RMA at Yvonne.gailey@rmascotland.gsi.gov.uk or on 0141 278 4478.  Full information on the appointments is at www.appointed-for-scotland.org/

The closing date for applications is 28 June 2018.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50.  The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity and treatment to all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to meet the person specification and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at public.appointments@gov.scot.

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 PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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