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Closing date:20 September 2019 at midnight 

Appointment of the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Scottish Ministers will shortly appoint a new Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.  The appointment is for up to four years and will begin in December 2019.

The role

The Chair of Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE) is responsible for extending the reach, impact and profile of RBGE’s work.  RBGE’s wealth of expertise on biodiversity and climate change makes it a key organisation in shaping Scotland’s understanding and action in response to these global challenges.  RBGE’s gardens themselves are exceptional places which offer great opportunities to Scotland’s people and communities.

The Chair will be key in shaping RBGE’s future through dynamic leadership of the organisation, building on successes to date and growing a vibrant, leading organisation for the future.  RBGE will celebrate its 350th anniversary in 2020 and this will be an immediate focus for the Chair as an opportunity to showcase the organisation’s work and set out its future ambitions.

The Chair will act as an ambassador for RBGE, building positive relationships of influence to support RBGE’s ambitions, including plans for the Edinburgh Biomes, a major capital project to build new glasshouses.

Skills and experience

The Chair will demonstrate a track record of leadership in driving the delivery of strategic priorities; the ability to develop positive relationships and collaborations and influence others to achieve successful outcomes; and understanding of how to lead a well governed and performance focused board.

Appointment information

The Chair is expected to spend a minimum of two days and up to four days per month on the role, but this pattern can be worked flexibly.  This appointment is not remunerated however travel and subsistence costs and expenses will be reimbursed.

Application will be by letter and CV supported by a basic application form that captures your personal details/declarations and equalities monitoring information.  The basic application form is available to download via the link below and should be emailed with your letter and CV to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scotThe closing date for applicants is 20 September 2019.

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 him or her 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.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

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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