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Reference:1594 

Remuneration:£44,520 per annum 

Location:Glasgow or Edinburgh 

Closing date:29 January 2019 at midnight 

Scottish Ministers are looking to fill the position of Chair of the Board of Scottish Enterprise.


Scotland has huge economic potential, as we look to lead in the technological and social developments of the future by harnessing our strengths in innovation, research and the skills of our workforce.  Scottish Enterprise can help achieve this ambition while meeting the requirements of Scotland’s National Performance Framework and working to enable inclusive growth which combines increased prosperity with greater equality, creates opportunity and distributes the benefits of increased success fairly.  In particular Scottish Enterprise has a vital role in working with business and enterprise to deliver improved productivity, fair work, and in advancing Scotland’s low carbon economy, maximising inward investment and improving Scotland’s export performance.


This role becomes available as Scottish Enterprise embarks on an exciting major internal change programme designed to support the organisation’s refreshed role in the wider economic development landscape, which includes the recently established Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board, the forthcoming establishment of an Enterprise Agency for the South of Scotland region and a Scottish National Investment Bank.


About the Chair Role


The Chair will deliver active and dynamic leadership of the board and working with the CEO and the wider organisation, will act as an ambassador for Scottish Enterprise, building positive relationships of influence amongst the business community, politicians and wider stakeholder groups.


The main areas of competence and capability are set against a backdrop of ensuring:



  • the Board is diverse, acts collectively and collaboratively; aligning with the Scottish Government’s Economic Action Plan and the priorities of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board;

  • the Board is effective and maintains the highest standards of corporate governance and financial management.


The Chair will enable the organisation to deliver its priorities with impact and work effectively with its partners.  They should demonstrate a track record of quantifiable success against challenging targets alongside clear competency and capacity at this senior level.  


Essential Criteria


In order to achieve the above, it is essential that candidates can demonstrate:



  • experience of building positive, performance focused relationships as a Non-Executive Board member with the ability to perform as a Chair;

  • a track record of dynamic leadership which drives the delivery of  strategic priorities;

  • experience of leading systemic change within organisations and across wider systems;

  • a commitment to achieving growth which combines increased prosperity with greater equality;

  • experience of developing positive relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders, and acting as an influential ambassador for an organisation;

  • understanding and commitment to the highest standards of corporate governance.


Desirable Criteria


It would be desirable if the successful candidate could demonstrate:



  • an understanding of Scotland’s economy, and national/international export markets;

  • an understanding of working with government.


Further information about Scottish Enterprise can be found at www.scottish-enterprise.com/.  If you would like to discuss the role further, you can contact Catherine Cairns, Head of Corporate Services at Scottish Enterprise at catherine.cairns@scotent.co.uk or on 0141 468 5165.


Terms and Conditions


The appointment will be for a period of three years from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022.  The appointment attracts remuneration of c£44,520 per annum plus expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment including reasonable travel and subsistence outwith travel to Board meetings.  The position is not pensionable.  When averaged over a year, the Chair will be expected to give a commitment which, annualised, will be the equivalent of around 1.75 days per week.


Further Information


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


The letter with evidence and the application form must be submitted to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot.  Letters without the accompanying application form will not be considered. 


Closing date for completed applications is 29 January 2019.


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

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