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Chair - Borders College

Reference:1731 

Remuneration:£200 per day 

Location:Galashiels 

Closing date:07 January 2020 at midnight 


Appointment of Chair to Borders College 


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


Role and responsibilities


As Chair, you will establish effective 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, the College ensures that its students develop the right skills and positive attitudes to support the local, regional and national workforce needs, and plays a key role in helping to develop the regional economy.


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



  • Impactful strategic leadership

  • Effective governance and accountability which delivers results

  • Working collectively and collaboratively

  • Planning and delivering results


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 education, as well as keeping abreast of the wider context to address sector wide issues.


Remuneration and Expenses


Remuneration rates are related to the turnover and staffing numbers of the college, and are paid monthly in arrears. The daily remuneration rate for this position is £200, up to a maximum total fee of £20,800 per financial year.   This appointment is not pensionable.


Reimbursement will also be made for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant/carer expenses, including child care, incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help members carry out their duties effectively.


Location


You will be based at Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE.


Information about Borders College


Borders College was formed in 1984 by the amalgamation of Galashiels Technical College, Henderson Technical College (Hawick), Duns Agricultural Centre and the Agricultural Centre, Newtown St. Boswells. Its principal site is at Galashiels.  The colleges operate across the South of Scotland Region within their respective local authority areas.  Borders College has a turnover is £13.4 million and 300 staff which serves 5300 students.


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 the local, regional and national workforce needs, and plays a key role in helping to develop the economy.


Further information:  An application information pack with further details can be accessed via the link below.


The college have uploaded a video on their youtube channel which provides details on this appointment, the video can be found here


The closing date for applications is 7 January 2020.


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.

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