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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Trustees

Scottish Ministers are looking to fill two Trustee positions on the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden (RBGE). Each appointment is an opportunity to help shape the future of one of the world’s most renowned botanic gardens and require specialist knowledge and experience in two areas: Communications and Visitor Destination/Business Development.

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On Board for Sport – various vacancies

• Scottish Orienteering Association – Independent Director
o Scottish Orienteering are seeking to appoint an Independent Director who will bring fresh and challenging thinking to our Board of Directors.
o Closing date: TBC

• Scottish Orienteering Association – Board Positions x 3
o Help shape the SOA – positions of Board Secretary, Development Director and Finance Director will be elected at the AGM in May.
o Closing Date: 25th March

• Scottish Wrestling Association – Development Director
o The Scottish Wrestling Association (SWA) is the National Governing Body for Olympic styles of wrestling in Scotland. Following a successful Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, we are looking to ensure wrestling’s sustainable development and growth in Scotland, through expansion of our Board.
o Closing date: 10am on 31st of March

• Parkour UK – Independent Director
o Parkour UK are looking for an Independent Director to join their Board
o Closing: 21st April

• Scottish Volleyball Association – HR Director
o The Scottish Volleyball Association are seeking to recruit a HR Director to sit on the current Board.
o The HR Director oversees all human resource aspects of the Association, which includes ensuring that all SVA policies are compliant with current legislation.
o Closing Date: 7th April

• Scottish Disability Sport – Committee Member (Glasgow Disability Sport)
o The committee of Glasgow Disability Sport (a branch of Scottish Disability Sport) are looking to appoint new committee members to join the branch.
o Closing Date: 21st April

• Mountaineering Scotland – Board Directors x 2
o Mountaineering Scotland is looking for two directors. One who will help to develop affiliated clubs and another who will help promote member recruitment and retention along with marketing and communications.
o Closing Date: 30th June

Glasgow Colleges Regional Board – Board Member

Scotland’s colleges contribute £14.9bn to the Scottish economy each year, representing 8.8 per cent of the total economic output of the nation. Glasgow is the largest region in Scotland, with over 20% of Scottish learning activity providing opportunities to around 50,000 students each year.

In May 2014, the regional strategic body for Glasgow’s colleges was established and is known as the Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board (GCRB).

GCRB is responsible for securing the coherent provision of high quality fundable higher and further education in Glasgow’s colleges. It is also responsible for strategic planning of college provision across the Glasgow region, the monitoring of performance and the allocation of funding to colleges within the region.
GCRB is currently seeking to recruit one board member and we would welcome applicants with experience in any of the following areas to further strengthen the existing skills of the Board: finance, audit, estates development, industry and commerce.

Board members serve on a voluntary basis, with reasonable travel expenses paid and GCRB members normally participate in around 5 Board and 5 Committee meetings each year.

Applications will be received until Friday 31 March 2017.

For a full information and application pack please visit the website link provided below. Alternatively, you can contact: Wendy Odedina, Executive Assistant, Glasgow Colleges’ Regional Board, 190 Cathedral Street, Glasgow G4 0RF.

Tel: 0141 375 6821. Email:

To download the GCRB application pack please visit

Capability Scotland – Board Members

We are seeking a minimum of two additional members for our Finance & Audit Committee (FAC), with one becoming the Chair. We are also hoping that both new FAC members will join our Main Board to help shape the future of Capability Scotland. We are particularly interested in candidates from a Financial, Audit, Banking, or IT background. We welcome candidates who can bring diversity to the board.

Time Commitment:

The Main Board usually meets four times a year in Glasgow and otherwise as required.

The Finance and Audit Committee meets three times a year in Glasgow.


The roles are unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, if required.

Please click on the right hand side of the page for further details about the opportunities

Further details can be found below

Main Board

Finance & Audit Committee

The Law Society of Scotland – Lay Members

Play a part in our profession!

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional governing body for Scottish Solicitors and aspires to be truly reflective of the modern shape of the profession. We are looking for committed individuals to be Lay Members on the Council – the Society’s governing body.

These positions will play a crucial role in ensuring a strong, independent and regulated profession. Lay Members are non-solicitors from all walks of life who provide critical experience and insight from the perspective of the general public. They will play a significant role in our Council and their views, experience and knowledge will play a key part in our discussions. Lay members have been full members of the Society’s Council for the last six years.

This is an opportunity for people from every part of the community to use their knowledge and life experience to make a positive difference for us all. If you have a genuine interest in the Society and would like to make a contribution to the effective practice of law in our country, we would love to hear from you.

For further information, please visit or contact our recruitment partners Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply please completed and submit an application form to Aspen People. Application forms can be accessed via

Closing date: Monday 27th March 2017

Interviews: Tuesday 25th April and Tuesday 2nd May 2017

We are an equal opportunities employer – in policy and practice.

NHS Scotland – NXD’s

Remuneration:HIS £157.09 per day – NSS £8,169 per annum
Location:Within Scotland – not further specified
Closing date:31 March 2017 at midnight

If you are looking for a challenging, rewarding and worthwhile opportunity, we would like to hear from you. Applications are invited from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service and are committed to the NHS in Scotland. Please pass on details of these opportunities to anyone else you think may be interested.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) is a national improvement organisation that works with local communities, people who need support and the people who provide support to improve health and social care across Scotland. HIS supports the health and social care system to design and provide high quality, sustainable and compassionate care for the people of Scotland. Strong relationships and partnership working with other organisations are central to helping us to deliver improvement. HIS is looking for one new member to join its Board.

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) is a public sector organisation that has been providing services to NHSScotland for over 40 years. It works at the heart of the health service, providing strategic support services and expert advice crucial to the delivery of effective healthcare to patients and the public. It also offers its expertise and national scale shared services more widely across the public sector in support of public service reform and, in particular, the integration of health and social care. NSS is looking for one new member to join its Board.

As a non-executive member of these Boards, you will have a key role in supporting the delivery of the organisation’s strategic direction in addition to contributing to scrutinising performance, and discharging governance and accountability functions. These roles are as challenging as they are rewarding – and you will be offered the training you’ll need to make a strong contribution.

For both of these posts you must also be able to demonstrate the following:

an ability to communicate effectively;

an ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders who have competing interests;

an ability to contribute to ‘bigger picture’ (eg strategic) thinking;

an ability to analyse and review complex issues;

an ability to influence decision making and challenge constructively; and

understanding and experience of ensuring effective governance

You do not need to be an expert in healthcare or have previous experience of being on a Board. We are looking for people who have the capacity and commitment to grow into the roles, to develop their skills and to learn new skills they may require.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on the Boards of Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, ethnic minorities andpeople aged under 50.

For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the person specification, which forms part of the application pack. Also included in the pack is more detailed information about HIS and NSS and their role within NHS Scotland.

Remuneration: For the HIS member role you will be paid a daily rate of £157.09.

The remuneration for the NSS member role is £8,169 per annum.

All payments are non-pensionable. You will also receive reimbursement for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant-carer expenses incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help you carry out your duties effectively

Time commitment: The time commitment will vary week to week and you should be able to demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to attend at a greater frequency subject to the Board’s ongoing business needs. The time will be a mix of daytime Board meetings, committee meetings, reading documents and attending stakeholder events.

For the HIS member role, you must be able to make a firm commitment to spend two to four days per month (up to 48 days per year) on Board business.

For the NSS member role, the time commitment is an average of eight hours a week (52 days per year).

Appointment details: The term of appointment will be for up to 4 years. When a term comes to an end, the skills the board requires will be reassessed. If you satisfy the requirements of the new person specification at that time, and there is evidence of your effective performance, Scottish Ministers may consider reappointing you for a further term. A non-executive member’s total period of appointment will not exceed eight years.

Location: Although meetings for the Boards will normally be held in their main offices, they may on occasion be held elsewhere throughout Scotland.

The meetings for the HIS Board will normally be held either in HIS’s Glasgow or Edinburgh offices.

Meetings for the NSS Board will normally be held in Edinburgh.

Interviews: It is expected that interviews will be held on Monday 1st May (recognising this is a public holiday) and Thursday 4th May in Edinburgh.

Further information: If you would like to find out more about either of these roles, you are welcome to contact:

HIS Board Chair, Dame Denise Coia, by calling Natalie Hannigan, Executive Assistant to the Chair, on 0141 227 3272 or by emailing

NSS Board Chair, Prof Elizabeth Ireland, by calling Susan Ferguson, Personal Assistant to the Chair, on 0131 275 6124; or by emailing

For full information on the appointments, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.

Completed applications must be received on or before Friday 31st March 2017.

Appointments to both the HIS and NSS Boards are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information
Please apply online. 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 (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or fax on 0131 244 3833, by email at, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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New Lanark Trust -Chair & Trustees

Location: New Lanark

New Lanark is a World Heritage Site – an authentic and enduring historic community which preserves and celebrates social and economic values that remain of global contemporary relevance.

New Lanark Trust, an independent charity, is responsible for the restoration and regeneration of the village and for pursuing a sustainable management strategy to safeguard its future.

The Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team have agreed that the following objectives are critical to that future:

1. Safeguarding the World Heritage Site
2. Developing capacity and governance
3. Successful marketing
4. Strong commerciality
5. Engaging the community
6. Education and access
7. Long-term sustainability

We wish to appoint a Chair and two additional new Trustees who are inspired by New Lanark’s unique heritage, and who have empathy with the enlightened values of our enterprising and pioneering founders, David Dale and Robert Owen. In addition candidates should be able to demonstrate broad experience of corporate governance, sound business understanding and the ability to think strategically.

Board Responsibilities

As well as serving as charity Trustees, the role involves serving on the Board of Directors of one or more of the Trust’s wholly-owned subsidiary companies. Trustees should be able to commit to attend up to six Board meetings per year, sitting either as Trustees or Directors. These meetings are held at New Lanark. In addition, we expect members of the Board of Trustees to serve on one or more sub committees (e.g. the Audit Committee) and to attend occasional Board development sessions, related meetings and events, which can promote and develop New Lanark’s reputation, relationships and business portfolio.
Neither the Chair, Trustees nor Directors receive any remuneration. However expenses incurred in carrying out Board duties will be fully reimbursed.
For more information, visit or call Catriona Mackie at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555 for a confidential discussion.

New Lanark Trust (Registered Charity SC008552).

Closing date: Tuesday 18th April 2017

Falkirk Community Trust – Independent Director

Falkirk Community Trust seeks individuals with significant business experience who also have interest in the development and delivery of culture and sport services in the Falkirk area. There are three positions available.

Falkirk Community Trust is a charitable organisation set up in July 2011 to manage and develop culture, libraries, heritage, sport and outdoor recreation on behalf of Falkirk Council. The Trust operates the highly successful Helix project as well as key sports and arts venues.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to be a key influence in the direction of the company. As a charity we face significant challenges over the next few years as we endeavour to balance financial constraints, growing its customer base and income with the wider social objectives to encourage people to be more active more often.

Full details of the opportunity and background information are available in an information pack available to download at or by calling Donna Easton on 01324 590906.

Closing date for applications is Friday 7th April 2017

The Law Society of Scotland – Lay Members

Lay Members on Council of the Law Society of Scotland
3 year term, 9 meetings per year

The Law Society of Scotland promotes excellence across the solicitor profession through representation, support and regulation of its members. We also help to shape the law for the benefit of both the public and the profession. The Society is an independent body and is funded by its solicitor members.

Overall responsibility for strategy and policy lies with the Society’s ruling Council. The Council is mixture of elected solicitor members from different geographical constituencies, co-opted solicitor members representing practitioners outwith private practice and nine lay members.

Lay members make an important contribution to the work of the Society’s Council bringing knowledge and expertise from a wide-range of backgrounds including charities and institutions, business organisations, and other professional bodies – all of which are representative of the client community.

For more information on the role and how to apply please visit

For a confidential discussion please contact Catriona Mackie on 0141 212 7555.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) – NXD

Orkney is leading the world in the development of marine renewable energy and we have an exciting opportunity that can place you right at the heart of the industry.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd is the world’s leading centre for the evaluation, testing and demonstration of wave and tidal renewable energy technologies. It is also a world leading R&D centre working closely with industry and academia in this field. In its next phase of development EMEC will diversify into related areas of technology development and application, including storage and power networks. It will open its demonstration hydrogen production facility this summer bringing together renewable power generation and hydrogen production. Associated with this EMEC is involved in other hydrogen demonstration and research projects.

EMEC is a not for profit organisation which has received considerable government support in its creation and development. It operates as a commercial organisation with a clear focus on self-sustainability while delivering economic benefit both regionally and nationally.

Non-Executive Director

The Board wish to appoint a non-executive director to strengthen the Board into the next phase of development. We are seeking applications from individuals with a proven track record in an appropriate field of engineering or R&D commercialisation. It is preferred that they have a good existing network reaching into both industry and academia and have operated at senior positions in their respective organisations.

EMEC values diversity. In light of the current composition of the Board we would particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified and experienced female candidates.

The appointment will be for a period of 3 years from 1 July 2017 with an anticipated time commitment of not less than 30 days per annum and remuneration of £14,400 per annum.

Do you want to lead the charge in the marine energy revolution?

Send your CV and a letter to detailing what you would bring to EMEC and how you anticipate helping the development of EMEC going forward.

For further information: call Donna Ritch on 01856 852040

Closing date for applications: 1.00pm on Friday 14 April 2017

European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd
Old Academy Business Centre, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AW

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