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Remuneration:£13,293 per annum for the Chair and £6,388 per annum for Member 


Closing date:06 December 2019 at midnight 


 Scottish Ministers are seeking applications for the posts of Cathraiche (Chair) and Member of the Board of Bòrd na Gàidhlig

Who are we?

We are Bòrd na Gàidhlig and we are the national language body - a statutory Non Departmental Public Body established under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. We are responsible for safeguarding the future of Gaelic in Scotland through the delivery of the National Plan for Gaelic 2018-23, which sets out our objectives to promote and develop activities supporting the Gaelic language.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking to appoint the Chair and one additional Board Member to our Board.  The range of skills, experience and personal qualities we are looking for are set out in more detail in the Applicant Pack and if you feel you meet any of these, do consider applying!

Cathraiche (Chair)

We are looking for a dynamic and resilient applicant for the role of Chair (Cathraiche) who can bring strong strategic leadership and corporate governance experience; someone who can provide clear focus and ensure the organisation achieves its objectives; build and nurture good working relationships both internally and externally and who can lead by example and act as an Ambassador for the Gaelic language and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Member of the Board

We are looking for an additional Board Member who has a financial and audit background with previous experience of financial oversight; enjoys working with others and is able to scrutinise and willing to challenge the organisation when appropriate.

What’s involved?

It is an exciting and challenging time to be involved in the promotion of Gaelic in Scotland and more specifically in the work of Bòrd na Gàidhlig. This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity for two individuals to:


  • help 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;

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

  • 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.


Board and Committee meetings are mainly held at the Bòrd na Gàidhlig offices in Inverness, although there are occasions where these meetings are held in other locations across Scotland.


Yes! The current Chair annual remuneration is £13,293 per annum and the Board Member remuneration is £6,388 per annum for the time commitment set out above.  This is subject to annual review. 


The closing date for applications is midnight Friday, 6 December 2019.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 January 2020.

The appointments will take effect from 16 March 2020.  

How can I apply?

An application pack and full details on these posts and other public appointments can be found via the link below.

We value very highly the benefits of having different points of view and experiences on our Board.  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.

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.  

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

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

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.