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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:

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.

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 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

If you have any general enquiries about this applicant pack, please contact the Munro Group on or on 07540 525 374 or 0131 338 6102. Further information about duties and functions of Scottish Water can also be found at

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

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