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Non-Executive Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee

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Remuneration:£232 per day 


Closing date:11 January 2019 at midnight 

Appointment of Independent Non-Executive Chair of the SPPA Audit and Risk Committee

Appointment for three years from 1st April 2019

The Chief Executive of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) is looking to make the appointment of an Independent Non-Executive Chair of the Agency’s Audit and Risk Committee. 

General Information

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) is an Agency of the Scottish Government. Its principal role is to administer the pensions for employees of the National Health Service, Teachers', Police and Firefighters' schemes in Scotland.

The Agency also has responsibility for providing policy advice to Ministers on public sector pensions for these schemes and also for Local Government; for developing the regulations for each of these schemes; and for determining appeals made by members of these schemes. It also provides a pension calculation service for the Legal Aid Board for Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.

About the Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee provides scrutiny and assurance of the SPPA’s internal controls, risk exposure and financial management to support the Chief Executive in their role as Accountable Officer. 

The Audit and Risk Committee provides independent advice and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and the Senior Leadership Team in their provision of pensions services to members and pensioners in the schemes which are administered by the SPPA.

Membership of the Audit and Risk Committee includes three Non-Executive Members (including the Chair), the Chief Executive, a ‘Fraser Figure’ from the Scottish Government, members from Internal Audit, from Audit Scotland and is also attended by members of the SPPA Senior Leadership Team.

About the role

Applications are invited from suitably experienced candidates who would like to contribute to SPPAs ongoing provision of public sector pensions services in Scotland.

As the Non-Executive Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, you will be assisting the Chief Executive of the SPPA in delivering their functions. Assistance is achieved through the provision of scrutiny of arrangements for risk and financial controls, strategic advice, and support through independent, constructive challenge.

Key Skills

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following key skills:

  • Extensive Board and Committee experience; 

  • Senior level experience in a financial/risk environment, ideally with a background in risk assessment and control. 

Experience, Knowledge and Expertise

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Audit and risk management at a senior level from within a financial organisational context;

  • analyse and review complex and competing issues;

  • to be able to see the bigger picture to provide strategic advice,  having a relevant external perspective;

  • communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders and build effective, collaborative relationships;

  • influence decision making and challenge constructively;

  • work effectively as part of a team.

Applications are also particularly welcomed from people who have experience of working digitally-based customer service delivery.

Time Commitment

The time commitment for this role would be expected to be up to 2 days per month to exercise the functions of their role. This includes attending at least four Audit & Risk Committees per annum.  This time should allow for any additional meetings, such as with the Chief Executive, other key stakeholders or additional steering committees, for example, and for reading and preparation for meetings.

Applicants must be confident that they would be able to meet this requirement, and to balance this with their existing time commitments: applicants will need to ensure that they are clear about their commitment in their application and at interview, if they are shortlisted.

Remuneration and Expenses

A fee of £232 per day (non-pensionable) is payable.   Reimbursement for all travel and subsistence costs deemed reasonable by the SPPA will also be paid.

Length of Appointment

The appointments are for three years with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond. 

Reappointment is not automatic.  Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not exceed a maximum total of six years.


The SPPA’s offices are at 7 Tweedside Park, Tweedbank, Galashiels, TD1 3TE and scheduled Audit and Risk Committee and Management Advisory Board meetings are usually held there.  Additional meetings may be held either at the SPPA’s premises or in Edinburgh at a Scottish Government premises.

Further information

If you have any questions or  wish to apply for this role, please contact SPPAGovernance@gov.scot for an Application Pack.  You can also visit the SPPA website at www.sppa.gov.uk where you can find out more about the Agency’s governance arrangements as well as more general information about what we do. 

The appointment will be made on merit and the SPPA is committed to ensuring diversity and equality.

The closing date for applications is 11th January 2019.

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