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SIS Ventures – Chair

Remuneration: The role of Chair is not remunerated although reasonable expenses for travel may be claimed.
Location: SIS is based in Edinburgh however operates across Scotland and meetings will regularly take place in other locations.

Time commitment: The SIS Ventures board is expected to meet at least four times per annum. The SIS Ventures Chair will also be a member of the SIS board which meets at least 5 times per annum, including an away day with ad hoc single item agenda meetings as required.The SIS Ventures Chair will also be expected to have regular meetings with the Fund Manager and the SIS CEO. They will also represent the organisation at various events and meetings with key stakeholders.

Reporting to: SIS Chair and Board of Directors

Job Description

Objective
SIS Ventures is a newly created subsidiary of Social Investment Scotland, a registered charity and one of Scotland’s largest funders of charities and social enterprises. SIS Ventures, which will soon seek authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), will have responsibility for a new stream of activity using mission aligned investment raised from private investors. By supporting mission driven entrepreneurs, SIS Ventures intends to lead the way in the expansion of this activity in Scotland, supporting the achievement of both financial and social objectives. SIS Ventures will invest in both traditional forms of social enterprise using investment raised using Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) and more innovative mission-led business models using capital raised under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

As well as providing the link between this new entity and the main SIS board, the SIS Ventures Chair will play a significant role in acting as a figurehead for this new fund. The Chair will not only support the organisation to raise this new investment, but also help form the SIS Ventures Investment Committee that will deploy investment in line with newly developed criteria. The Chair will have experience in fund management, ideally having held a senior position in an authorised firm.

Principal responsibilities
Strategic leadership  Provide leadership to SIS Ventures and its board, ensuring that the new organisation fulfils its objectives  Ensure that the directors of SIS Ventures (see indicative board structure below) fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the subsidiary;  Ensure that the Ventures board operates in line with all relevant governance requirements, in particular those pertinent to the FCA, and the overall charitable objectives of the SIS group.  Ensure that the board is able to review major risks and associated opportunities regularly, and satisfy itself, in partnership with the SIS Audit and Risk Committee, that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities and manage and mitigate the risks;  Ensure that the Ventures board fulfils its duties to ensure the financial accountability of the subsidiary in line with the reporting requirements of the wider SIS group. Governance  Ensure that the SIS Ventures board governance arrangements are working in the most effective way, and compliant with the wider requirements of the Group;  Establish and have oversight of a SIS Ventures Investment Committee with a clear remit and terms of reference;  Ensure effective linkages with the SIS governance environment the main board and all other relevant committees, and in particular the Audit and Risk Committee and the Portfolio Risk Committee.  Establish any other board committees and working groups required to ensure that the organisation is fulfilling its duties effectively;  Develop the knowledge and capability of the Ventures board;  Address and resolve any conflicts within the Ventures board;  Review and appraise the performance of the individual directors and the board on a regular basis, in line with the committee and board self-appraisal process operational across the group;  Ensure that the board and in particular its investment committee is regularly refreshed and incorporates the right balance of skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern and lead the subsidiary effectively, working in partnership with the chair of the RemCom;  Work within all agreed board policies adopted by the organisation. External Relations  Act as an ambassador for SIS Ventures, the wider SIS group and in particular social enterprise, social investment including new models of mission aligned investment;  Working with the SIS team and the wider board of directors, support the maintenance and development of close relationships with fund investors and other key stakeholders;  Act as a spokesperson for SIS when appropriate in partnership with the CEO;  Represent SIS Ventures at external functions, meetings and events;  Alongside the SIS Ventures Fund Manager and the CEO, address any potential conflict with external stakeholders. Efficiency and effectiveness  Chair meetings of the Ventures board effectively and efficiently, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process;
 Ensure that directors are fully engaged and that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of SIS Ventures and the wider SIS group, and that the Ventures board takes collective ownership;  Foster, maintain and ensure that constructive relationships exist with and between the directors;  Work closely with the Ventures Fund Manager to give direction to Board policy-making and to ensure that meetings are well planned, meaningful and reflect the responsibilities of directors;  Monitor that decisions taken at meetings of the Ventures board are implemented;  Report to the SIS board on the activities of SIS Ventures. Relationship with the SIS Ventures Fund Manager, the CEO and the wider management team  Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Fund Manager, ensuring s/he is held to account for achieving fund objectives;  Support the Fund Manager whilst respecting the boundaries which exist between the two roles;  Ensure regular contact with the Fund Manager and the SIS CEO (where appropriate) and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationship within which each can speak openly about concerns, challenges and opportunities; SIS Ventures Board structure SIS Ventures is expected to establish a board that is made up of the following: – SIS Ventures Chair; – SIS Ventures Fund Manager; – SIS CEO; – A member of the SIS Audit and Risk Committee with significant risk management and/or legal experience; – A member of the SIS Portfolio Risk Committee and therefore with significant experience in investment and credit risk; – A further two independent members of the board that brings additional expertise relevant to the objectives of the fund.

The SIS Chair may attend meetings of the Ventures board on an ex-officio basis. Other members of the SIS board may be asked to attend/observe Ventures board meetings at the invitation of the Ventures Chair.

Terms
The SIS Ventures Chair (and board members) will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for up to two additional terms. In addition to chairing meetings, the Chair has the right to attend meeting of other fund boards, board committees and working groups as appropriate, and with the agreement of the respective chairs of such groups.
Next steps
If you’re interested then please send your CV to recruitment@socialinvestmentscotland.com before 5pm on Friday 4th August and we can arrange an informal chat about this opportunity. More formal interviews with the SIS board will take place in August.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop – Board Members

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop was established in 1987 to support artists in their careers, and to provide opportunities for audiences to engage in meaningful ways with contemporary sculpture. We have created a purpose-built sculpture facility in Newhaven to provide the best environment for artists and public participants. Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is a Scottish Charity and a company limited by guarantee and we are a Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisation.

Having gone through a period of expansion, ESW would like to recruit two Board members who will bring the skills required to support the organisation through the next stage of its development. We are seeking (i) an individual with legal experience and (ii) an individual with senior HR management skills and experience.

Being a member of the Board of Directors requires the following commitment:

• 4 Board meetings per annum held at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
• 1 Annual General Meeting
• 1-4 annual Committee meetings within Board members’ area of expertise (the number of meetings is variable, e.g. the finance committee meets before every Board meeting, the Remunerations Committee meets annually).
• 1 annual strategy session with staff and Board
• Attendance at our exhibitions and events over the year
• An induction process which includes a health & safety tour

This is a voluntary role but reasonable travel expenses are paid. We expect Board members to demonstrate their commitment through regular attendance at meetings. Where necessary, attendance via Skype can be arranged.

How to Apply
If you would like any further information or if would like to arrange a meeting with ESW’s Chair and/or Director please do get in touch with ESW’s Director Irene Kernan by email Irene@edinburghsculpture.org or on the main office number 0131 551 4490.

To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting letter. These can be emailed to Irene@edinburghsculpture.org

www.edinburghsculpture.org

Tron Theatre – Trustee

Tron Theatre has been a major player in Glasgow’s cultural scene for over twenty years.

Producing and presenting an eclectic collection of new writing, reinvigorated contemporary classics, dance, comedy and music, the Tron occupies a spot in Glaswegian hearts as unique as the building that houses it – the 16th Century Tron Kirk. Set in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City, it is one of Scotland’s leading mid-scale producing and presenting theatres.

Housing three performance spaces, rehearsal space, offices, a dedicated Tron Participation workshop and Tron Bar + Kitchen, the building is a vibrant creative hub that bustles with activity year-round. It is also home to Tron Theatre Company, which stages its own productions as well as presenting co-productions and collaborations with other leading theatre companies alongside a busy programme of high calibre visiting company work.

Tron Theatre’s goals are to:
• Create exciting and brilliant theatre for its audiences
• Become a focal point in Scotland for developing new and emerging talent
• Become a key contributor to the Scottish touring infrastructure
• Respond to the very special theatrical interest not only in Glasgow, but throughout the West of Scotland

Tron Theatre is now seeking a Trustee with a strong background in hospitality leadership and management to join its Board. The Board meets four times a year plus an annual board away day. Trustees are also expected to attend press nights of Tron Theatre Company productions (4-5 per year) and support other events.

How To Apply

If you, or anyone that you know, would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email recruitment@brucetaitassociates.com for more information.

This search is being conducted exclusively on behalf of Tron Theatre by BTA. Our leadership team have all worked in the voluntary sector and we use this experience to match organisations and individuals to create great appointments.

Scottish Water – Board Members

Appointment on Non-Executive Members to the Board of Scottish Water
Appointments of four years from 1 December 2017 and 1 April 2018

Scottish Ministers are looking for up to two individuals who have a successful track record in operating at Board or equivalent level in a large industrial or commercial organisation. Ministers are particularly interested in applications from candidates with recent practical experience at a senior level in one or more of the following:
• infrastructure and asset management;
• the application of science in the context of public health and/or environmental protection;
• construction, procurement and project management;
• the application of digital developments to business;
• the customer experience.

Scottish Water
Scottish Water is a public corporation established by the Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002. It is accountable to the Scottish Government for the provision of all public water and sewerage services to more than 2.49 million households and around 152,000 businesses in Scotland. It is the fourth largest provider of water and sewerage services in the UK, with a workforce of approx. 3,400 and an annual turnover of roughly £1.2 billion. Its retail subsidiary Business Stream operates in the competitive retail market for non-household customers in Scotland and England.

The successful candidates will work with the other Board members in setting a strategy for Scottish Water to discharge its statutory functions and to meet the requirements of the Scottish Government. This will include ensuring that Scottish Water has a robust strategy for out-performing the requirements of its “regulatory contract”. With the other non-executive members, they will hold the Executive Board members to account for delivering that strategy, and will in turn account to the Scottish Government for Scottish Water’s performance and compliance with its targets.

The Board
The full Board complement is eight non-executive members, including the Chair, and three executive members, including the Chief Executive.

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities
The main accountabilities of the role are to:
• contribute to the work of the Board in setting a strategy, and allocating the resources needed to support the strategy that enables Scottish Water to out-perform its regulatory contract;
• direct, support and challenge the Executive Team to deliver the Board’s strategy and targets;
• monitor the reporting of performance and scrutinise the performance of management;
• ensure the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and risk management systems are robust and defensible;
• maintain high standards of corporate governance;
• set and maintain standards and values that reflect the obligations of a business to its owner, customers, regulators and other stakeholders;
• ensure that Scottish Water continues to adapt effectively and constructively to independent regulation;
• be accountable to Ministers for Scottish Water out-performing its regulatory contract and for implementing any measures necessary to achieve out-performance;
• ensure that decisions of the Board have regard to views expressed by Ministers and to provide Ministers with regular reports on Scottish Water’s performance in terms of its regulatory contract;
• determine the appropriate level of remuneration of executive directors taking account of the Public Sector Pay Policy;
• play a role in appointing and, where necessary, removing, executive directors and in succession planning.

Person Specification
As indicated earlier in the advert, those appointed will have a successful track record in operating at Board or equivalent level in a large industrial or commercial organisation.

As well as demonstrating recent experience of the areas listed in the first paragraph above, the successful applicants must also demonstrate experience/skill in the following:
• contribute to strategy;
• manage performance;
• constructive and supportive challenge;
• governance.

It would be desirable if applicants could demonstrate an understanding of economic regulation and its application

Remuneration and Expenses
The appointment attracts remuneration of £19,872 per annum plus expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment including reasonable travel and subsistence out with travel to Board meetings. Dependant carer and childcare expenses will be reimbursed. The appointments are not pensionable.

Time Commitment
Members will be expected to give a commitment of four days each month to their duties, covering travel, preparation time and attendance at board meetings and company events.

Length of Appointment
The appointments are for four years with the possibility of re-appointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required on the board at the time of reappointment and beyond. Any appointments and subsequent reappointments will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.

Location and Date of Meetings
Scottish Water’s Headquarters is in Dunfermline and Board meetings (typically nine or ten a year) are held in Dunfermline and Edinburgh. The dates of the main Board meetings remaining in 2017 and in 2018 are detailed in the applicant pack:

Disqualification
There is no bar on non-British nationals applying for and being appointed to the board of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). However, you must be legally entitled to work in the UK. Applicants will be ineligible to apply for this appointment if they have already served a total of eight years as a Member of the Board of Scottish Water.

Applications
Those interested should provide a letter (of no more than 500 words) setting out evidence from their career to show how they meet the criteria set out in the person specification and the requirements of the appointment. They should also submit a CV covering positions held in the last ten years. Both should be forwarded to debbie.stewart@munrogroupltd.com by the closing date of 25 August 2017.

Once the letter and career history have been received, applicants will be asked to complete a short form providing information required for all Ministerial public appointments in Scotland. This should also be returned to debbie.stewart@munrogroupltd.com.

If you have any general enquiries about this applicant pack, please contact the Munro Group on debbie.stewart@munrogroupltd.com or on 07540 525 374 or 0131 338 6102. Further information about duties and functions of Scottish Water can also be found at www.scottishwater.co.uk/.

Scottish Ministers welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people and people aged under 50.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Epilepsy Scotland – Trustees

Epilepsy Scotland is a dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial organisation that punches above its weight. Our goal is to improve the lives of the growing number of people living with epilepsy in Scotland.

If you are interested in putting your skills and experience to helping us achieve that goal we like to hear from you.

We are looking for someone who can help by:

Ensuring Epilepsy Scotland complies with legal and other obligations
Providing strategic oversight (including media, business development and fundraising)
Contributing specific professional skills and expertise as required (including IT management, marketing)
Working closely with other trustees and the Executive Team
Growing a network which will support the work we do
Acting as an Ambassador for Epilepsy Scotland

If you are interested please respond by 1 August 2017 to rcharlton@epilepsyscotland.org.uk

Grampian Housing Association – Vacancy for Volunteer Board Members

 

Grampian Housing Association, working with its subsidiaries, Kirkgate Developments and TLC Housing Maintenance, is a leading provider of social housing and related services throughout the North East of Scotland. We currently have a portfolio of 3500+ homes under management and an annual turnover of £18m+. The Association is a Registered Social Landlord and Registered Scottish Charity.

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic and ambitious voluntary Board members to shape the future of Grampian Housing Association and help us achieve our strategic aims and objectives. The vacancies have arisen following the successful completion of the terms of office of some of our long serving Board members.

Download PDF for further details including ‘how to apply’

Nutrition and Diet Resources UK – Trustee opportunity

Become a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of NDR-UK to give strategic direction, governance and project support to help shape and grow our diet and nutrition charity to provide high quality patient information.

NDR-UK is now a well-established Scottish charitable enterprise, with an excellent reputation for printed, evidence-based patient information. Our resources are written by expert dietitians to support a health professional customer base (of over 700 accounts) to deliver effective behavioural change in order to improve self-management of health conditions through dietary choices.

One of the key challenges for the future is how NDR-UK meets the evolving situations of (1) reduced public health sector finance and (2) the growing need to educate patients to self-manage health conditions though making informed diet and nutrition choices. A key business objective is the development of digital forms of information to increase accessibility and meet the demands of health care professionals and their patients, as clinical practices change. We are already well on our way to making this a reality but Board level expertise or interest in digital communications in a health or social care setting would be especially welcome.

A new non-dietetic board member will bring experience of third sector business/small social enterprise, preferably (but not essentially) in a health or care related background. He or she be enthusiastic about the importance of raising awareness of appropriate diet and nutrition, will have financial, fundraising, marketing and/or governance experience and expertise, and will be able to advise and support the staff team to make appropriate contacts and deliver key projects. As described above, one of our key objectives is to increase access to information using digital media, so expertise in this area would also be valued.

Our Trustees/Directors provide support to an employed staff team, setting and overseeing the delivery of our strategic and annual business plans. The Board currently consists of four Registered Dietitians and two non-dietitians and we are seeking to recruit another non-dietitian to our Board. The Board meets quarterly, through 2 face-to-face meetings a year (held in Glasgow and Birmingham), plus 2 meetings by teleconference. Trustee positions are non-remunerated but travel costs are covered.

For further information, please contact Linda McPhillie, Chief Executive, on 0141 202 0690, or by email; linda.mcphillie@ndr-uk.org.

The quickest route to certainty will be best for business

 

In response to this morning’s snap general election announcement, David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said:

“In the next seven weeks, there will be a lot of issues to be discussed and addressed, and most crucial is to remember that a general election should be about more than one topic.

“Even within the short timeframe that the Prime Minister has set, and on which MPs will vote this week, there is plenty of space for a proper debate about business, the strength of the economy and the position of both post-Brexit. It might be that a general election will force some of these key issues out into the open, which would be welcome.

“What would be unwelcome, and bad for business, is for this general election to become either IndyRef2 or BrexitRef2 – both votes have happened, and today’s announcement gives the whole country an opportunity to move along with the practicalities of the future. The quickest route to certainty will be best for business – it will allow us to get on and do what British business does best, whatever the constitutional landscape is.”

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The Institute of Directors

• The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

• The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

• The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

• For further information, visit the website: www.iodscotland.com

Institute of Directors Scotland – Response to First Minister’s speech

In response to the First Minister’s speech earlier today (13 March) David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said:

“Not many in the Scottish business community wanted Brexit, and equally, few want a renewed Independence Referendum, and the associated continuation of uncertainty which has had such an impact on the ability of businesses to move forward with their plans.  The modern world presents a multitude of opportunities for businesses to innovate and prosper, and this rather than constitutional arguments is the preferred focus of IoD members. However, if the political will is to move forward with another vote, business will react appropriately and continue to face up to the challenges that such political activity presents.

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Issued by Clark Communications for IoD Scotland.  For further information, please contact:

Lesley Brydon or Lina Lustig

0131 225 9596 / 07771 630834 / 07470 271279

lesley@clarkcommunications.co.uk / lina@clarkcommunications.co.uk

The Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 34,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies, third sector and public sector

The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.

The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast), conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

For further information, visit the website:www.iodscotland.com

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