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Members - Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland

Reference:3877 

Remuneration:£150 per day 

Location:Edinburgh and Glasgow 

Closing date:08 February 2021 at midnight 

Appointment of Members of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland


Appointments commencing on 1 May 2021 and 1 October 2021


If you are interested in or have a background in Transport Accessibility or you are aware and understand the issues that affect disabled people when using public transport; can build and maintain relationships; are able to reflect the views of disabled people, especially people with hidden disabilities; and could challenge transport providers, local authorities and the Government to do more or to do things differently, then this may be a role that interests you.


Scottish Ministers are looking to make up to six appointments to the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS), an independent advisory committee to Scottish Ministers on making transport more accessible for disabled people.


Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland


The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) was set up under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 to advise Scottish Ministers on the barriers and challenges for disabled people in relation to transport.  While supported by Transport Scotland, the Committee offers its views independently of government and it is expected to reflect the views of disabled people and organisations representing disabled people, however, it works also independently of those individuals and organisations.


MACS is a non-departmental advisory public body.  Within the founding legislation the Scottish Ministers have defined the overall aim for MACS as follows:


“MACS will consider such matters relating to the needs of disabled persons in connection with transport as the Committee think appropriate and give advice to Scottish Ministers”.


In doing so, the Convener aims to ensure, that MACS’ policies and actions supports the wider strategic policies of the Scottish Ministers.  This aligns with the Memorandum of Understanding between MACS and Transport Scotland, the sponsor organisation.  MACS work independently to the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland.


MACS Strategic Remit is: 



  • to give Scottish Ministers advice on aspects of policy, legislation and practice affecting the travel needs of disabled people;

  • to take account of the broad views and lived experiences of disabled people when giving advice;

  • to encourage awareness amongst disabled people in Scotland of developments which affects their mobility, choices and opportunities;

  • to work closely with SG and ensure our work programme complements the work being undertaken by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), the Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee (IMTAC), the Equality and Human Rights Commission and other organisations, voluntary and statutory;

  • to promote the travel needs of disabled people with designers including transport planners and operators so that these are fully taken into account in the development of vehicles and infrastructure and delivery of services;

  • to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our work against the above aims and objectives in improving travel opportunities for disabled people in Scotland.


MACS Vision


"MACS believes in a Scotland without the barriers that isolate and exclude disabled people from making their choice of successful door to door journeys”


Knowledge and Experience required


Ministers are looking to appoint individuals who can demonstrate evidence of at least one of the following:



  • knowledge and experience of rural and Islands transport including by using bus, community transport, ferries and air travel;

  • knowledge and experience of travelling by rail and an understanding of the rail industry with the potential to co-lead the Rail Workstream within six months and as such increase time commitment;

  • knowledge of wider Ministerial policies and how these link to commitments including Programme for Government and evolving strategies;

  • knowledge and experience of good practice guides to assist with inclusive mobility (inclusive street and transport termini design, accessible neighbourhoods etcetera).


Applicants will also need to demonstrate a number of other skills:



  • constructive and supportive challenge;

  • analysis and decision making;

  • longer term planning/seeing the bigger picture; and

  • working co-operatively and collaboratively.


Time Commitment and Remuneration


Members of the Committee receive a fee of £150 per day and are expected to commit 18 days per year to the role and Workstream Leads between 24-48 days per year (depending on MACS priorities, projected engagements and work plans). 


Length of Term


The appointments are for four years.  Three appointments will commence on 1 May 2021 and three on 1 October 2021.  Reappointment is not automatic and is subject to performance and the individual continuing to satisfy the requirements of the role.


An application pack with full details can be found via the link below. 


The closing date for completed applications is 8 February 2021.


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.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact 0300 244 1898 or public.appointments@gov.scot.


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented, such as disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

Please apply online. If you experience any difficulties accessing the website, please call 0300 244 1898 or email public.appointments@gov.scot.

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