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Reference:1612 

Remuneration:Non-Remunerated 

Location:Edinburgh and Glasgow 

Closing date:15 March 2019 at midday 


Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works, studies or visits here. The organisation distributes funding from the Scottish Government and the National Lottery with an annual budget of over £90m and a staff team of more than 120 people.


The Scottish Government is seeking to appoint Board members to help Creative Scotland in the delivery of the ambitions set out in its 10 Year Plan, Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition, to the benefit of the arts and culture and to the people of Scotland as a whole.  The Board comprises up to 14 members, led by the Chair, Robert Wilson.


We are seeking to appoint up to 4 people with significant art form and cultural sector knowledge and experience to join the Board and to work effectively with the Chair, the rest of the Board, the Acting Chief Executive Iain Munro, the leadership team and the team of dedicated, committed and experienced staff.  


The Board members will play a key role in making strategic decisions on the delivery of Creative Scotland’s statutory functions, overseeing its effective governance, financial accountability and its delivery of value as a public body, in line with Scottish Government and Ministerial priorities. 


These are high profile positions in Scottish public life and they offer an opportunity to make a significant and positive difference to Scotland’s creative life, society and economy. We encourage applications from individuals who feel they have the knowledge, experience, energy and commitment to successfully fulfil the demands of these roles.


You must be able to demonstrate the following personal qualities, skills and experience:



  • Art form knowledge and experience;

  • Challenging the views of others in a constructive and supportive way

  • Seeing the ‘bigger picture’

  • Communicating effectively

  • Knowledge/understanding of equalities


The selection panel invites applications from people with a knowledge and understanding of the wider cultural sector, awareness of the current issues it faces, and evidence of decision-making in this field.


As a Lottery distributor and public funder, Creative Scotland is committed to addressing diversity, as outlined in our Equalities, Diversity and Mainstreaming Report 2017.


We are keen to attract applicants from under-represented groups, and who understand the barriers to entry and progression through lived experience. Full details of the criteria to be met for the position are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application pack.


Applications are invited from a wide range of people across Scotland, who have an interest in public service and are committed to the work of Creative Scotland. Scottish Ministers welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities and people aged under 50. 


Remuneration:  All reasonable receipted expenses required in helping you carry out your duties effectively will be reimbursed, including carer expenses such as childcare. Members’ appointments for Creative Scotland are however non-remunerated and the appointment is not pensionable.  


Time commitment:  At present the anticipated time commitment for Board members is 1 day per monthon Board business, including preparation for meetings and attending events, though members are welcome to spend as much additional time as they wish on Board business. There will also be periods when pressure of business will require additional time.


Appointment details:  Scottish Ministers determine the length of appointments for Board appointments.  Appointments are normally for a four year term, with the possibility of re-appointment up to a maximum combined length of eight years.


Location:  We are seeking applications primarily, but not solely, from people who are ordinarily based in UK/Scotland.  Creative Scotland has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Its headquarters are located in Edinburgh.  Board meetings alternate between Edinburgh and Glasgow with occasional meetings held in locations across Scotland.  If attendance at meetings in person is not possible, it may be possible to take part using Skype, video conferencing or by telephone on an exceptional basis.


The closing date for applications is: Friday 15 March at midday.


Full details of the criteria to be met for the position are contained in the person specification, which forms part of the application information pack. 


Appointments are made on merit, alongside a commitment 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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