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Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:30 August 2021 at midday 


We are looking to appoint a new chair to our board of Trustees.

Do you share our passion for Scotland's heritage and have the skills to help realise our ambitions?

Formed in October 2015, we are a charity and the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland's rich historic environment. In 2019 we launched our new corporate plan -Heritage For All - which sets out how we can achieve our ambition of making a real difference to people's lives; a difference to our health, to our economy, to our culture and to our environment.

We want to make sure Scotland's heritage is cherished, understood, shared and enjoyed with pride, by everyone. We stand for our values; collaboration, professionalism, innovation, openness and respect.

Who we are?

• 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, with an annual income of £99m

• 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.

This is an exciting time to join the organisation, as we look to develop learnings made and opportunities realised during the pandemic along with growing our existing operations where we are world leading in many areas, including climate change adaptation and digital scanning techniques.

We are looking for an experienced leader to join us, not necessarily from the heritage sector, but someone with experience of a large, complex organisation with multiple remits.

Our new Chair will have the drive to lead and inspire, guide our strategic decision making, represent us in the public arena and help us to maximise the potential of Scotland's historic environment and its stories, on both national and international levels.

The new appointee will take the Chair formally on 1 November 2021 and the average time commitment is at least four days per month.

The closing date for applications is 30 August 2021 at midday.

Full details can be found in the applicant information pack, via the link below.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented at chair level on Scotland’s public bodies, 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 apply online via the link below. 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 by calling 0300 244 1898; or by emailing

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