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Non-Executive Member

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Remuneration:£232 per day 


Closing date:11 January 2019 at midnight 

Appointment of Non-Executive Member of the SPPA Management Advisory Board

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 a Non-Executive Member of the Agency’s Management Advisory Board.

Prospective candidates should also be aware that the SPPA will need to make further Non-Executive Management Advisory Board Appointments over the forthcoming year.

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 Management Advisory Board

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

In addition, there is the Audit and Risk Committee which is a sub-committee of the Management Advisory Board which provides additional 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 Management Advisory Board has six Non-Executive Members and will be chaired by the Chief Executive.  A ‘Fraser Figure’ from Scottish Government is also a member of the Board and it is attended by members of the SPPA Senior Leadership Team.  On occasion, other attendees can be invited as observers.

Three of the Board Non-Executives also sit on the Audit and Risk Committee, one of whom acts as the Chair for the Committee.  As the Chair’s role is also becoming vacant,  there is a separate advertisement for that role running concurrently.

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 a Non-Executive Member of the Management Advisory Board your senior level background and experience is required to assist the Accountable Officer in delivering their functions on behalf of Scottish Ministers. Together with your Board colleagues, this would be achieved through the provision of strategic advice and support, working with the Chief Executive as a ‘critical friend’ and aiding their focus on strategy, performance and risk.

The Audit & Risk Committee is a sub-committee of the Management Advisory Board. Whilst the role holder’s primary focus will be on  this Committee and in reporting from the Committee into the Management Advisory Board, the role holder will also participate as a member of the Management Advisory Board.

Key Skills

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following key skills:

  • Extensive Board and Committee experience

  • Change management

Experience, Knowledge and Expertise

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

    • Well-developed knowledge and experience in corporate governance and organisational change;

    • Provide strategic advice,  having a relevant external perspective and being able to see the bigger picture;

    • Communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders and build relationships;

    • Influence decision making and challenge constructively;

    • Analytical skills, able to review complex information and competing issues;

    • Understanding of financial, audit and risk control requirements;

    • Work effectively, collaboratively as part of a team.

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

Time Commitment

The time commitment for this role would be expected to be up to 1 day per month to exercise the functions of their role. This includes attending at least four Management Advisory Board meetings 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 Management Advisory Board meetings are usually held there.  Additional meetings may be held either at the SPPA 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 the receipt of applications is 11th January 2019.

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