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Remuneration:£361.00 per day  

Location:South of Scotland 

Closing date:13 May 2019 at midnight 

Appointment of the Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise

Appointment as Chair designate from August 2019 with formal responsibilities beginning on 1 April 2020

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


In May 2016, the First Minister announced an end-to-end review to ensure that Scotland’s public agencies are delivering the joined-up enterprise and skills support that Scotland’s young people, universities, colleges, businesses and workers need to increase sustainable economic growth.  The Enterprise and Skills Review Phase 1 Report recognised that there was a need to do things differently in the South of Scotland to improve the area’s productivity and make a step-change in its growth.  It recognised the unique challenges faced in the South of Scotland and committed to creating a new vehicle to meet the enterprise and skills needs of the region.  Phase 2 committed to establishing a new public body through legislation to bring a fresh approach, with a clear focus on place, informed by the economic context and sensitive to the needs and opportunities of the area.  The Scottish Government made a clear commitment to establishing the new enterprise body in its Programme for Government and the South of Scotland Enterprise Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament by the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP, on 24 October 2018.


The South of Scotland Enterprise Bill will establish a new public body to take a fresh approach to addressing the enterprise and skills needs of the South of Scotland and drive inclusive growth in the region.  The Bill is high-level and enabling and sets the strategic aim of the body “to further the economic and social development and improve the amenity and environment of the South of Scotland”.  This approach ensures the body has the flexibility to respond to the needs of the South of Scotland.  The Bill also makes provision for the constitutional, governance and finance matters in keeping with Scotland’s other enterprise bodies to ensure transparency and accountability.  Assuming Parliamentary approval of the Bill, the body will assume operations on 1 April 2020.

Economy of the South of Scotland

The South of Scotland is a predominantly rural area which faces particular issues impacting on its economy including an ageing population, losing its young people, challenging physical and digital connectivity, low GDP per-head with low productivity, sectors with traditionally low wages and few higher skilled jobs with a business base dominated by micro and small businesses.  The area also has many natural advantages which makes it attractive for residents, businesses and visitors.  It is strategically well placed.  It has significant land assets and energy resources.  It has active further and higher education sectors and innovative businesses operating across sectors.  It has vibrant communities with a rich history and culture.

Ambitions for South of Scotland Enterprise

Recognising the distinctiveness of the region, the new body will deliver a tailored approach to support these aims and Scottish Government’s ambition.  Set in the context of Scotland’s Economic Strategy, this ambition is for a south of Scotland which has:

  • businesses with increased productivity, ambitious for the future, investing in innovation and offering good conditions of employment paying higher wages;

  • a skilled workforce with both the skills needed now, and the ability to develop the skills needed for the future;

  • more opportunities for young people so that they can see a future in the area, and to attract people who want to locate in the area;

  • communities better equipped to play a greater role in the economic, social and environmental success of their area;

  • a clear commitment to inclusive growth, taking a holistic look at the barriers that are getting in the way and taking action to address them.

South of Scotland Enterprise will take forward a range of activities to deliver these overarching aims and it will work with existing and potential businesses across sectors of all sizes and with communities looking to grow or to support inclusive growth. 

About the Chair role

The Chair will be key in shaping the new organisation to ensure that it is able to deliver its statutory remit.  The Chair will work with the Chief Executive (when appointed) to build the capacity and capability of the new organisation from its establishment.  Working with the Chief Executive and senior management team, the Chair will build the culture, capability and capacity of the organisation from its establishment on 1 April 2020.

The Chair will deliver active and dynamic leadership for the organisation, working with the Chief Executive and the wider organisation, and will act as an ambassador for South of Scotland Enterprise, building positive relationships of influence amongst the business community, politicians and wider stakeholder groups.  Engaging nationally, the Chair will ensure that South of Scotland Enterprise plays an active role in the national support landscape. 

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 and ambitions for the South of Scotland; and

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

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate will provide active, dynamic leadership in enabling 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.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • enthusiasm and passion for the South of Scotland and commitment to the aims and objectives of the agency;

  • the ability to deliver inclusive growth for the South of Scotland based on an understanding of the challenges of rural economies

  • experience of developing positive relationships with partners and stakeholders and working collaboratively with them to achieve successful outcomes;

  • experience of effective delivery at board level (executive or non-executive) in a large or complex organisation;

  • a track record of dynamic leadership driving the delivery and development of strategic priorities;

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

For further information please contact Karen Jackson, South of Scotland Economic Development, Scottish Government at karen.jackson@gov.scot or on 0300 244 1167.

Terms and Conditions

The Chair will initially be appointed from August 2019 for a term of three years and eight months.  This will include an eight months period as Chair designate with formal chairing responsibilities commencing on 1 April 2020.  There is the possibility of reappointment.  The appointment attracts remuneration of £307.00 per day plus expenses.  The position is not pensionable.  When averaged over a year, the Chair will be expected to give a commitment which, will be the equivalent of around 1.75 days per week.

Further Information

An application pack and full details on how to apply for the role can be found at the public appointments website www.appointed-for-scotland.org/.  

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. 

The closing date for completed applications is Monday, 13 May 2019.


It is the intention of the Scottish Ministers that appointments to South of Scotland Enterprise will be regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.  More information on the regulated status of these appointments is available in the application pack.

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.

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Application Information

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