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This appointment is closed and is displayed for reference only. 

Reference:1622 

Remuneration:£13,293 per annum 

Location:Inverness 

Closing date:12 April 2019 at midnight 

The Future of Gaelic in Scotland


 Scottish Ministers are seeking applications for the post of


Cathraiche (Chair) of Bòrd na Gàidhlig


Bòrd na Gàidhlig is the national language body.  It is a statutory Non Departmental Public Body established under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and is responsible for safeguarding the future of Gaelic in Scotland, for promoting the use and understanding of the Gaelic language and for developing and supporting Gaelic education and culture.


We have a clear ambition for a strong Gaelic language in Scotland and there are equally high expectations from the Gaelic community.  This role requires someone who shares this ambition and can take Bòrd na Gàidhlig forward with robust language planning at the heart of its activity.


Purpose and functions of Bòrd na Gàidhlig


Under the Gaelic Act, Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s key functions are to:



  • promote the use and understanding of Gaelic language, education and culture;

  • be the principal advisor to Scottish Ministers on Gaelic language, education and culture;

  • advise public bodies, and those responsible for delivering public services, on how Gaelic language, education and culture should be considered and integrated in public service delivery.


The key responsibilities for the Cathraiche are as follows:



  • as its most senior advocate, to represent BnG and its statutory role in delivering Scottish Ministers’ policy aims for Gaelic at a national, UK and international level;

  • to be directly accountable for the delivery of the outcomes Scottish Ministers require from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and maintain strong working relationships with Ministers given Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s role as the principal adviser to Government on Gaelic;

  • to lead the Bòrd, ensuring strong corporate governance and clear corporate direction for Bòrd na Gàidhlig and its staff;

  • to provide senior guidance and support to the Chief Executive and BnG Management Team in delivering the outcomes required of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, within a culture of excellence, continuous improvement and value for public money;

  • to provide senior support and guidance to the Chief Executive on his/her continuing professional development;

  • to build and maintain strong working relationships with Gaelic organisations, the wider Gaelic community (both communities of interest and geographically-based communities), and a wide range of other organisations to achieve strong joint working in delivering National Gaelic Language Plan objectives.


The Cathraiche will be expected to spend on average four days per month on Bòrd business and to attend up to four Bòrd meetings annually; at least half of which will normally be held in Inverness.  The Cathraiche may also be involved in other activities which require attendance at additional meetings and events, including representation of Bòrd interests in the UK and, potentially, overseas.  Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.


The term of the successful candidate’s appointment will normally be a term of not less than four years from the date of appointment with the possibility of re-appointment for a second term, subject to satisfactory continuous performance assessment and fulfilling the skills, knowledge and personal qualities required at the time of re-appointment by Ministers.  The appointment will take effect from 1 July 2019.  Induction guidance and training will be provided.


The current annual remuneration is £13,293 per annum for the time commitment set out above.  This is subject to annual review.  This appointment is not pensionable but all directly related travel as well as subsistence costs and reasonable dependants’ childcare and carer costs incurred in carrying out the duties of appointment will be reimbursed.


The closing date for applications is midnight Friday, 12 April 2019.


An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at the public appointments website www.appointed-for-scotland.org.


The Scottish Ministers are committed to diversity and equality.  We value very highly the benefits of having different points of view and experiences on our Board.  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.


Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or at public.appointments@gov.scot.


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities 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.


Application forms are available in Gaelic to download or on request.


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