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Non-Executive Directors

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Remuneration:£302.91 per day 

Location:across the HIAL Estate 

Closing date:08 August 2019 at midnight 


Ministers are looking to make up to four appointments to the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.  The appointments are for up to three years and will take effect from 1 November 2019 and 1 March 2020.

Information about the Highlands and Islands Airports Limited

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is a public body wholly owned by Scottish Ministers.  The Company operates and manages 11 airports in the Highlands and Islands (Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick) and Dundee.  These airports are vital to the social and economic welfare of the areas they serve and enable the communities to stay connected.

None of HIAL’s airports operates on a solely commercial basis and the Scottish Government provides subsidy to HIAL to close the gap between commercial revenue and operating costs to allow services to be maintained.

Board Responsibilities

Issues considered by the Board include security, safety and operational matters, regulatory compliance, commercial and route development, financial management, risk management, customer experience, regional priorities, pay and pensions. 

The Board meets regularly to provide strategic direction and oversight.  It is made up of five Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) and two Executive Directors.  Major policy decisions are made at Board level drawing on information provided by the Managing Director and the senior management team, the Scottish Government (represented at Board meetings by the Transport Scotland Assessor) and other appropriate sources.  The decisions of the Board are actioned through the Managing Director and the senior management team of the Company.  Non-Executive Directors play an important role, along with the Board Chair, in ensuring that this process works smoothly and effectively.  Further information on the Board can be found at www.hial.co.uk/hial-group/about-us/board-of-directors/.

About the Non-Executive Director role

Non-Executive Directors of the HIAL Board will:

  • provide leadership to the Company within the framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed;

  • set the Company’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its shareholder, communities and others are understood and met;

  • set the Company’s strategic aims – aligned to the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework (www.nationalperformance.gov.scot/) –  ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the Company to meet its objectives (within the resources allocated by the Scottish Government and the revenue generated from the Company’s activities), and overseeing management and Board performance;

  • ensure that the Company meets its obligations as set out in the HIAL Framework Document – www.hial.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/HIAL-Framework-Document.pdf.

  • contribute to consideration of key issues before the Board;

  • prepare for, and attend, meetings of the Company and its committees;

  • attend other meetings and seminars on behalf of the Company (as required);

  • provide active support for the Company, promote commitment to its core values, policies and objectives, and provide effective, strategic support to the Company in the management and operation of its airports, ensuring that it meets Ministerial aims;

  • assist in the development, approval and monitoring of the Company’s corporate plans which demonstrate how the Company contributes to National Outcomes;

  • approve, where appropriate, a statement of accounts for each financial year on the basis determined by the Scottish Ministers;

  • monitor the financial position of the Company against budget allocations and key financial targets and ensure corrective action is taken where required;

  • establish good partnership working with other organisations and participate in reference groups, discussion forums and open meetings (as required); and

  • carry out other tasks that may reasonably be required.


At this appointment round Ministers are looking to fill up to four positions on the Board which require very specific experience and ability.  Successful candidates would be expected to demonstrate skills and experience in at least one of the following:

  • Governance.

  • Aviation.

  • Commercial experience.

  • Transformation or change.

They would also be expected to demonstrate ability in two areas:

  • working co-operatively and collaboratively; and

  • constructive and supportive challenge.

About the Role

The role attracts a remuneration rate of £302.91 per day for a time commitment of two days per month.  The term of appointment will be for up to three years.

Application information

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at www.appointed-for-scotland.org/.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments, on Freephone 0300 244 1898 by email at paapplicationsmailbox@gov.scot. 

Closing date for completed applications is 8 August 2019.

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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