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Remuneration:£211 per day 


Closing date:13 October 2021 at midnight 

Appointment of Chair to Borders College - Appointment commencing 1 February 2022.

Scottish Ministers are appointing a new Chair to Borders College.  

Scotland’s College Sector

Scotland's college sector offers a wide range of qualifications, courses and apprenticeships at further and higher education levels across a diverse curriculum, including vocational education and training, to a very broad range of people and communities.

With enrolments of almost 300,000 annually and a geographical coverage that extends from all the major towns and cities to remote rural areas, the sector is central to the Government's economic growth, widening access to education, developing the young workforce, employability and social inclusion agendas.  A recent study by Economic Modelling Specialists International (EMSI) showed that the economic impact of Scotland’s colleges to the business community in Scotland is almost £15 billion each year.

Colleges and regional strategic bodies receive substantial public funding from the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council, commonly known as 'the Scottish Funding Council' or 'SFC'.  The SFC distributes funding on behalf of the Scottish Government.  It is the national, strategic body that is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland's 26 colleges and 19 universities.

Information about Borders College

Borders College operates from four main sites (Galashiels, Hawick, Tweedbank and Newtown St Boswells) and is the regional college for the Scottish Borders. The College has over 320 staff with an annual turnover of £15m. Each year, the College delivers learning, training and education to more than 5300 students who enrol for a wide range of courses and programmes including apprenticeships, classroom based and distance learning from foundation to degree level. We are key education partners in delivering the strategic ambitions of South of Scotland Enterprise and the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal.

Their approach to learning is innovative and creative, and working in collaboration and partnership with business, enterprise agencies and other learning providers across the Region, and beyond, to deliver the skills and expertise required in a changing world is key to what they do. 

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 have a successful track record in the following essential skills:

  • An understanding of the economic environment within which the college operates

  • Impactful strategic leadership

  • Effective governance and accountability which delivers results

  • Working collectively and collaboratively


You will be based at Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE. Due to the pandemic, board meeting could be virtual for the foreseeable future.


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 £211, up to a maximum total fee of £21,944 per financial year.  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.

Time commitment

The Chair will be expected to devote 2 days per week to performing the 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.

Length of Term

The term of appointment will be for 4 years from 1 February 2022.

There is the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and having regard to the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience required by the Board at the time.  Any appointments and subsequent reappointments will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.

The Applicant Information Pack with full details on this appointment can be found below.  If you experience any difficulties accessing the site, please Telephone 0300 244 1898 or email

The closing date for completed applications is 13 October 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 Telephone 0300 244 1898 or email:

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies at Chair level, such as women, disabled people, people with an ethnic minority background and people aged under 50.  The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK.  Please see the applicants’ pack for further information.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

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