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Members - Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Reference:3945 

Remuneration:£293.20 per day 

Location:Online, usually Holytown, North Lanarkshire 

Closing date:26 July 2021 at midnight 

Appointment of Members of the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency


Two appointments commencing on 1 January 2022


Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint up to two new Members of the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Both appointments will take effect from 1 January 2022.


Scottish Environment Protection Agency


Every day we work to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet.  We call this One Planet Prosperity.


We have been given a unique and visionary Statutory Purpose: to protect and improve the environment in ways that, as far as possible, also create health and well-being benefits and sustainable economic growth. It’s a very powerful purpose for an environment protection agency and delivering this successfully requires new ways of thinking and new ways of acting.  With 1250 staff, a national remit and local presence and a budget of over £80 million, SEPA is responsible for delivering two core services - regulation and flood risk management.


Led by our One Planet Prosperity – Regulatory Strategy, environmental compliance is non-negotiable and we’ll work with as many businesses as possible to go even further by encouraging innovation and through partnerships like Sustainable Growth Agreements.


We help Scotland to prepare more powerfully for future increased flooding and are the national flood forecasting, flood warning and strategic flood risk management authority. Working in partnership, we develop flood risk management strategies that set the national direction of flood risk management, helping to target investment and co-ordinate action across public bodies.  Through our nationally important flood forecasting and warning work, we have developed over 60 targeted local flood warning schemes and provide free advance notice of flooding through a 24/7 service, Floodline, helping people and businesses protect themselves and their property from the impacts of flooding.


As an organisation, SEPA has adapted to operating in a completely new set of circumstances and will continue to make changes to set ourselves up to deliver our role in the most powerful and effective way.  Following from the global health pandemic and a criminal cyber-attack, we are focused on building for the long term and in a stronger way.


About the role


Our Board members help us to deliver One Planet Prosperity, delivering environmental protection in ways that, as far as possible, also create benefits for our communities and businesses.  Our Board help to shape our relationship with communities and regulated businesses, supporting us in being a regulator that is trusted and in which people can have confidence.


As a Member of the Board, you will work with the Chair and other board members and contribute effectively to the setting and monitoring of SEPA’s corporate strategy.  You will be able to take a strategic view and contribute to collective leadership, provide appropriate support and challenge to senior staff and have the ability to identify and use evidence and analysis to make well-informed decisions.


Members of the Board may also have the opportunity to be considered for a position of Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience


Applicants need to demonstrate evidence of at least one of the following:



  • strategic analytical capability; and/or

  • environmental performance.


They will also need to demonstrate evidence of all of the following:



  • longer term planning/seeing the bigger picture;

  • communication and influencing;

  • constructive and supportive challenge;

  • analysis and decision making.


Time Commitment and Remuneration


Members of the Board devote up to a minimum of 24 days and a maximum of 30 days per year to the role.  They receive £293.20 per day.  Reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.  The appointments are non-pensionable.


Length of Term


The appointments are for four years and take effect from 1 January 2022.  Reappointment is not automatic and is subject to performance and the individual continuing to satisfy the requirements of the role.


Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK.


For further information about the roles, please contact Jennifer McWhirter, Clerk to the Board, at jennifer.mcwhirter@sepa.org.uk..  You can also find out more about SEPA at www.sepa.org.uk/.


An application pack can be found at the link below. If you experience any difficulties accessing the site, please contact 0300 244 1898 or email pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scotThe closing date for completed applications is 26 July 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 women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

Please return your completed application to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot by 26 July 2021.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact the Public Appointments Team by calling 0300 244 1898; or by emailing Public.appointments@gov.scot

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