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Remuneration:£263.61 per day 

Location:South of Scotland 

Closing date:03 December 2021 at midnight 

Appointment of Members of the Board of South of Scotland Enterprise

Appointments commencing on 1 April 2022

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) is the dedicated economic development agency, established by the Scottish Government, for the South of Scotland.  SOSE was established in direct response to the unique economic opportunities and challenges facing the South of Scotland, and is here to lead the delivery of a fresh and locally focused approach.

SOSE was established through the South of Scotland Enterprise Act 2019 and started its operations on 1 April 2020 when we had just gone into lockdown.  SOSE immediately focused its efforts on adding to the Covid-19 response working closely with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council.  This partnership has continued and become known as ‘Team South of Scotland’ with all partners working closely to maximise resources and align plans for the good of the people, businesses, and communities of the South.

The Chair of the SOSE board is Professor Russel Griggs OBE.

South of Scotland Enterprise Aims

SOSE’s aims, as set out in the 2019 legislation, are to further the sustainable economic and social development of the South of Scotland, and to improve the amenity and environment of the South of Scotland.

SOSE’s vision is to drive inclusive growth, increase competitiveness and tackle inequality within the region.  They want to establish the South of Scotland as a centre of opportunity, innovation and growth.

SOSE is working together with people across the South of Scotland to grow its economy in a just and sustainable way.  They provide investment, expertise and mentoring to people and businesses and by doing so, they inspire the region to think bigger and unlock the great potential of the South.  They do this through a range of activities focused on driving forward the economy, sustaining and growing communities, harnessing the potential of people and resources, and promoting fair work in all its endeavours.  As outlined in the 2019 Act, this may include actions to:

  • further the sustainable economic and social development of the area;

  • improve the amenity and environment of the south of Scotland;

  • provide, maintain and safeguard employment;

  • enhance skills and capacities relevant to employment;

  • encourage business start-up and entrepreneurship;

  • promote improved transport and infrastructure;

  • support community ownership of land and other assets;

  • support communities to help them meet their needs;

  • support actions to address the climate emergency;

  • promote digital connectivity;

  • build on and sustainably develop the traditional area important to the economy i.e. farming; fishing and forestry;

  • increase the number of residents in the South of Scotland who are of working age; and

  • support inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

SOSE is also working closely with other national and local organisations in the area to align activities behind an agreed strategic economic vision.

SOSE plays a key role in various regional and national partnerships to maximise opportunities and visibility for the south of Scotland and works closely with Scotland’s other enterprise agencies - Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise.

Board Member Role

Members of the board are appointed by Scottish Ministers and have a collective responsibility for the proper conduct of SOSE affairs.  They are not appointed as representatives of individual organisations and are expected to use the skills, knowledge and experience gained in their own careers when taking decisions on behalf of SOSE.  Members are drawn from a range of backgrounds in the public, private and third sectors.

The main duties of SOSE board members are to provide leadership, governance, direction, support and guidance, to ensure that SOSE delivers its functions effectively and efficiently and in accordance with the aims, policies and priorities of Scottish Ministers. 

Members’ corporate responsibilities, under the leadership of the SOSE Chair, include:

  • taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of SOSE as agreed by Scottish Ministers;

  • dealing with changes which are likely to impact on the strategic aims and objectives of SOSE or on the attainability of its operational targets;

  • promoting the efficient, economic and effective use of budget, staff and other assets and resources by SOSE consistent with the principles of Best Value, including, where appropriate, participation in shared services arrangements;

  • ensuring there are effective arrangements to provide assurance on risk management, governance and internal controls;

  • regularly reviewing financial and other information concerning the management and performance of SOSE;

  • demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, including openness and transparency in decision making;

  • acting as an ambassador for SOSE and engaging with key internal and external stakeholder groups to support and advance SOSE’s strategic aims and objectives.

Board members will also be expected to demonstrate a willingness to develop an understanding of SOSE operations.

For further information about SOSE and the role, please contact Susan Cannon, Corporate Governance Lead, South of Scotland Enterprise on 01750 535917 or at  You can also find out more about SOSE at  The Regional Economic Strategy can be found at

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of one of the following:

  • land based industries;

  • governance/strategic management;

  • digital transformation.

Applicants should also demonstrate evidence of:

  • an understanding of the challenges and opportunities which relate to SOSE’s remit; and

  • the ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

Members of the Board receive £263.61 per day for a time commitment of up to 2.5 days per month although on occasions, an additional time commitment will be necessary.  Reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.  The appointments are non-pensionable.

Length of Term

The appointments are for four years and will take effect from 1 April 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.  Please see the applicant information pack for further details.

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found at  If you experience any difficulties accessing the site, please contact 0300 244 1898 or email

The closing date for completed applications is 3 December 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 Freephone 0300 244 1898 or

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on the SOSE Board, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please return your completed application to by 3 December 2021.

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 on 0300 244 1898 or by email at

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