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Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:06 December 2019 at midnight 


HES is the lead body for the historic environment in Scotland. Our work touches everyone in Scotland at every age.  We are the custodians of the past, for the present and the future

  • We care for more than 300 sites of national importance all across the country and are the largest operator of paid visitor attractions in Scotland.

  • We look after internationally significant archives and artefacts.

  • We are at the forefront of investigating and researching the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future.

  • We protect our historic places through designations and consents, promote their sustainable development, and provide millions of pounds each year to local communities to repair and revitalise their historic environment.

  • We provide advice and guidance about the historic environment and offer a wide range of training and learning opportunities.

We will be 5 years old in 2020 and we are looking for up to four new members to join the Board at an exciting time for the organisation

Applications are invited from a wide range of people, particularly from individuals with more specific skills-set in archives, world class visitor management and large-scale project management.   We are looking for one new Board member to join our Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee.

HES has organised two events, open to prospective applicants, to learn more about our work, how we fulfil our responsibilities, and the expectations of being a Board member. They are an informal opportunity to hear from current Board members.

These are drop-in events, but if you would like any further information please contact Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, at: chiefexecutive@hes.scotor call 0131 668 8989.   

The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants, and we are keen to encourage applications from across Scotland and beyond.  Not all successful applicants will need to have previous experience of serving on a Board, whether a charity or a public body, but we are looking for the ability to provide strategic direction and effective challenge

It is anticipated that up to four appointed members will take up post by 23 March 2020 for a period of four years,with the possibility of re-appointment subject to effective performance.  The posts are not currently remunerated but reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be met. 

For more specific details of the requirements for the roles, please see the Person Specification which forms part of the Information Pack for Applicants.

Closing date is Friday, 6 December 2019 (Midnight)

Application Information

An application pack and full details on this, and other public appointments, can be downloaded at: http://www.appointed-for-scotland.org/


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.

The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact the Public Appointments Team on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by e-mail at pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot or by writing to Public Appointments, Scottish Government, 3F (North), Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.

Additional Information

  1. Applicant Information Pack
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