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Remuneration:£265 per day 


Closing date:11 December 2019 at midnight 

Challenge and change in Scotland’s colleges - Appointment of Chair to West College Scotland

Scottish Ministers are appointing a new Chair to West College Scotland.  The appointment will be for up to four years from 3 March 2020.

Role and responsibilities

As Chair, you will establish impactful leadership of the Board ensuring that it fulfils its duties, roles and responsibilities, including those as an employer.  You will work in partnership with employers and other regional stakeholders to focus on providing opportunities which meet demand in key industry sectors within the region and beyond; ensure the College develops the right skills and positive attitudes within its student cohort to support the needs of local, regional and national employers, and ensure that West College plays a key role in supporting inclusive economic growth across the region.

You must already have board experience and be able to demonstrate experience, knowledge and expertise in all of the following:

  • Impactful Strategic Leadership

  • Impactful Governance and Accountability which delivers results

  • Working collectively and collaboratively

Information about West College Scotland

West College Scotland serves 4 local authority areas in the West of Scotland, including Renfrewshire Council, Inverclyde Council, West Dunbartonshire Council and East Renfrewshire Council.  It has a student population of 22,000, 1,200 staff and a turnover of £67 million.

Working in partnership with employers and other stakeholders to focus on providing opportunities which meet demand in key industry sectors in the region and beyond, the College ensures that its students develop the right skills and positive attitudes to support local, regional and national workforce needs, and plays a key role in helping to support regional economic development.

Length of appointment

The appointment will be for up to four years with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond.  Reappointment is not automatic.  Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not exceed a maximum total of eight years.                                        

Time commitment

It is anticipated that you will devote up to 2 days per week to performing your functions as and when required, up to a maximum of 104 days per year.  Whilst the majority of Board meetings will take place in the local area, you will be required to attend meetings, representing the board, in other venues across Scotland from time to time. Your time will mainly be spent attending meetings, reading documents, evening and weekend events and contributing to national debate and policy development relating to post-16 learning, as well as keeping abreast of the wider skills and enterprise context to address sector wide opportunities and challenges.

Remuneration and Expenses

The daily remuneration rate for this position is £265, up to a maximum total fee of £27,560 per financial year.  


You will be based at Abercorn Centre, Paisley Campus Board Meetings are rotated between campuses.

Further information 

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

The closing date for applications is 11 December 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 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.  

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

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.

Additional Information

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