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Chair and Non-Executive Directors

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Remuneration:The Chair receives £363.00 per day with Non-Executive Directors receiving £320.00 per day.  


Closing date:28 July 2021 at midnight 

Appointment of the Chair and Non-Executive Directors of the Board of David MacBrayne Limited

Appointments commencing in Autumn 2021 and early 2022

The David MacBrayne Limited (DML) Board comprises six Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) and two Executive Directors.  Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair and up to three new Non-Executive Directors.  The Chair and two of the  Non-Executive Directors will be appointed in Autumn 2021 with the third Non-Executive Director will be appointed early in  2022.

With over 160 years’ experience, DML is one of Scotland’s longest continually running businesses.  It is wholly owned by Scottish Ministers and is a key component of our transport network, providing lifeline ferry connectivity to our islands and remote communities. DML employs around 1500 people with an annual turnover of approximately £200 million.  It transports more than five million passengers annually and operates 26 ports.

Roles and responsibilities

Through active, dynamic and creative leadership of the Board, the Chair will have the ability to lead discussions on complex issues, weigh up conflicting opinions and facilitate Board decisions consistent with company vision set out in the DML website, and aligned with the shareholder’s strategic vision and objectives.  The Non-Executive Directors are expected to provide strategic direction to the company in line with Scottish Ministers’ priorities.  They will also maintain high standards of corporate governance and financial probity.  They will develop and maintain an appreciation of the political and policy context and of the needs and interests of ferry users and communities.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Those applying for the role of Chair of the Board need to demonstrate evidence of:

  • Strong leadership;

  • Change management;

  • Knowledge and / or direct experience of the key issues, including senior level professional experience/understanding of Public Sector;

  • Governance;

  • Analysis and decision-making;

  • Excellent communication, networking, influencing, mediation and conflict resolution skills.

Those applying for Non-Executive Director (Role one) need to demonstrate evidence of:

  • Governance and Audit/Finance

  • Analysis and decision-making;

  • Knowledge and/or direct experience of the key issues;

  • Interpersonal and communication skills.

Those applying for Non-Executive Director (Role two) need to demonstrate evidence of:

  • Health and Safety ;

  • Analysis and decision making

  • Knowledge and/or direct experience of the key issues;

  • Interpersonal and communication skills.

Those applying for Non-Executive Director (Role three) need to demonstrate evidence of:

  • Experience/understanding of the Public Sector

  • Procurement and Asset Management

  • Analysis and decision making

  • Knowledge and/or direct experience of the key issues;

  • Interpersonal and communication skills.

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate evidence in a letter and a tailored CV.  They will also need to complete a short application form.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

The Chair receives £363.00 per day with Non-Executive Directors receiving £320.00 per day.  Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed.  The appointment is non-pensionable.

The Chair is expected to devote around 1-2 days per week to the role with Non-Executive Directors expected to devote up to three days per month.

Length of Term

The appointments are for three years and will take effect from Autumn 2021 and early 2022 as detailed earlier in the advert.  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.

An application pack and full details on this acan be found via the link below.  If you experience any difficulties accessing the site, please contact 0300 244 1898 or email

Completed letters, tailored CV’s and the short application form should be returned to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scotThe closing date for completed applications is 28 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

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented 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

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