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Chair/Vice Chair

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Remuneration:£232 per day  


Closing date:10 May 2019 at midnight 

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) is seeking to appoint an independent Chair/Vice Chair to sit on a Public Sector Pension Board: The Scottish NHS Pension Board.

Applications are invited from a wide range of people who are committed to public service and have an interest in the provision of Public Sector Pensions in Scotland.  This is an exciting time in the SPPA’s journey to establish itself as the premier public sector pension service organisation in Scotland.  The roles are rewarding and we would like to hear from you if you would like to contribute to SPPA’s progression on this journey. 

Scheme Pension Boards are key to SPPA’s work in delivering its functions as Pension Scheme Administrator on behalf of Scottish Ministers.   The Public Service Pensions Act 2013 requires the establishment Pension Boards with the responsibility for “assisting the Scheme Manager” in securing compliance with the scheme regulations and other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the scheme.

The SPPA is looking for candidates who can offer experience in promoting agreement and building consensus between stakeholders, ideally gained via senior manager or board-level roles.  Candidates should have the ability to lead the Board in an objective scrutiny of the issues for consideration and to reach conclusions following best practice in governance and in light of current regulations and legislation.

You will be offered training to support you in getting started in the role and throughout your time as a Pension Board Chair or Vice Chair. 

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

• Knowledge of pensions management and/or the finance industry;
• Ability to provide strategic advice having a relevant external perspective;
• Ability to communicate effectively;
• Ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively;
• Ability to analyse and review complex issues;
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team;
• Willingness to participate and experience in managing appraisal processes; and
• Willingness to participate in relevant training and continuous professional development to maintain overall understanding of subject matter and regulations.

Appointment Details

Appointments will commence in mid-2019. The initial appointment will be for 2 or 3 years. There is a possibility of re-appointment, subject to evidence of previous effective performance and satisfying the skills knowledge and personal qualities required at the time of re-appointment.  The combined length of an appointment will not exceed 6 years.

Time Commitment

Pension Boards meet four times a year, although there may be additional meetings and training events through the year, but it is not expected to exceed 10 days per annum.


The meetings will normally be required to attend will take place at SPPA, 7 Tweedside Park, Galashiels, TD1 3TE. The Borders railway station at Tweedbank is located nearby.

Remuneration and Allowances

A daily fee of £232 will be paid and you will receive reimbursement of all reasonable travel and subsistence costs. All reasonable receipted dependant-carer expenses, including childcare, and for support required to help you carry out your duties will also be reimbursed where applicable. The appointment is not pensionable.

Further Information

Closing date for application is Midnight on 10 May 2019

Sifting will take place week commencing 20 May 2019

It is expected that interviews will be held during weeks commencing 3 June and 10 June 2019.

If you would like to receive a copy of the Application Pack, please email SPPAGovernance@gov.scot

If you would like to find out more information about the roles, you are welcome to email


The appointment will be made on merit and we are committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

*Please note that this is not a regulated public appointment, therefore the Public Appointments Team are unable to answer any queries in relation to this vacancy, please contact the Board directly*

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