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Remuneration:A daily rate of £354  

Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:14 December 2018 at midnight 

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (the Commission) protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental health problems, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.  The Commission has a key statutory role in safeguarding individual rights and monitoring how the principles of mental health and incapacity legislation are applied in practice.  Through direct interventions in the care and treatment of individuals using mental health and learning disability services, providing guidance and conducting investigations, the Commission has a strong influence on the quality of care and treatment provided for the people of Scotland.            

You will have the senior level experience required for this significant appointment and will play a central leadership role in guiding and developing the work of the Commission in safeguarding the welfare and human rights of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people.  If you have what it takes to fulfil this rewarding and challenging role, we would like to hear from you.

You will be accountable to Scottish Ministers for leading the Board, comprising non-executive members, and will understand and promote diversity. 

As well as demonstrating some understanding of the issues facing the Commission and the context in which it operates, you must be able to demonstrate skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Leadership

  • Governance

  • Performance

  • Constructive/Supportive Challenge & Influencing

  • People Management

  • Communication 

Although you do not need to be an expert in mental health, we would expect you to have a commitment to and knowledge of mental health and human rights approaches in this context.  We are looking for people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds who are committed to improving outcomes for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people. 

We value very highly the benefits of having different experiences and points of view on our Boards. Accordingly, we hope to receive applications from a wide range of talented people irrespective of their religion or belief, gender, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, political belief, relationship status or caring responsibilities.

The 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. Please do complete our monitoring form when you apply as this helps us to ensure that the appointments process is accessible to everyone.

Remuneration:  A daily rate of £354 (non-pensionable) is payable.  You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs, reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Commission duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively, subject to Commission policy.

Time commitment:  As Chair of the Commission you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend 25 to 30 days per year on Commission business, and up to 15 days per year on NCF business.  This time will be a mix of daytime board meetings, daytime visits and other meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events across Scotland, some of which may be in the evenings or at weekends.  You should also demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs.

Appointment details:  Appointment will be for a period up to 4 years, subject to regular performance appraisals, with the possibility of re-appointment.

Location:  Commission Board meetings will normally be held in Edinburgh.

Assessment Process:  Assessment will happen in two stages.  The first stage will be the assessment of your written application against the essential requirements being tested at this stage.  The second and final stage will involve a competency based interview, with presentation.  As part of the interview, you will be asked to undertake a practical exercise, provided to you in advance, which will involve you preparing a verbal presentation for the panel.  The interview will be held on 4th February in Edinburgh.

Further information:  If you would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to contact the Chief Executive, Mr Colin McKay, on 0131 313 8784.

Full details of the criteria to be met for the position are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack.  Also included in the pack is more detailed information about the Commission. 

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

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 14th December 2018.

Appointments to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.  

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

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