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SQA – Chair

Based in Scotland, the SQA works across the UK and internationally. Its people take great pride in offering exceptional customer service which is acknowledged by government organisations, universities, businesses and individuals throughout the world.

We are looking to appoint a new Chair to the SQA from 1st February 2017 and need someone who can ensure that the SQA’s policies and actions support the Scottish Ministers’ wider strategic policies and that its affairs are conducted with probity. More information can on the skills and experience required for this post can be found in the information pack using the link below.

Length of Appointment

The Chair will be appointed for a period of up to four years at the end of which the appointment may be renewed subject to satisfactory performance appraisal and the skills, knowledge and experience requirements of the Board at the time of renewal. Reappointment is not automatic.

Time Commitment

The Chair will be required to contribute around 1 day per week to Board business (around 52 days per year). The Chair will be expected to attend and Chair all Board meetings and contribute to other Board business as required. There are usually seven Board meetings per year the majority of which take place on a Wednesday morning either in Glasgow or Shawfair Park, Midlothian. An indication of the sort of other Board business the Chair will be expected to carry out is provided in the Chair’s responsibilities and duties listed above.

The dates for Board meetings in 2017 are not yet available. However, the dates of meetings for 2016 are provided below which gives an indication of the spacing of meetings throughout the year.

Wed 27 January in Glasgow at 10.00

Wed 23 March in Shawfair Park at 10.00

Wed 18 May in Glasgow at 10.00

Wed 29 June in Glasgow at 10.00

Wed 17 Aug in Shawfair Park at 10.00

Wed 19 Oct in Glasgow at 10.00

Tuesday 6 December in Shawfair Park at 10.00


The Chair appointment currently attracts a remuneration of £14,255 per annum and is non-pensionable. The Chair is entitled to the reimbursement of all reasonable travel and subsistence costs connected with appointment including reasonable receipted dependants’ carer costs.

Interviews will be held on 22nd (morning only) and 30th November 2016 in Edinburgh.

Further information: Full details of the experience, knowledge and skills required for these appointments are contained in the Applicant Information Pack. You can access the pack via the link below.

Closing date for applications is midnight 4th November.

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

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

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, by email at, or by writing to Public Appointments, Scottish Government, 3G South, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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