Nov 192018

Board Members - Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management)

Reference: 1558
Remuneration: £207 per day
Location: Various locations throughout Scotland
Closing date: 09 January 2019 at midnight

Scottish Ministers are looking to make up to two appointments to the Board of Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management). Applicants must demonstrate experience, knowledge and expertise in at least one of the following:

  • Optimising value from Investments;
  • Strategic People/Change Management;
  • Communications/External Engagement/Digital Communications.

General Information

CES(IM) is a self-financing Statutory Public Corporation responsible to the Scottish Ministers and also accountable to the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Ministers secured the devolution of the management and revenue of the Crown Estate from 1 April 2017. At the point of devolution last year, CES(IM) undertook management of the assets of the Crown Estate in Scotland.

The Crown Estate assets in Scotland were valued at around £275 million in 2017 and generated gross annual revenue of around £14.7 million during 2017/18. Gross revenue for 2018/19 is projected at £16.4 million and the net revenue is paid into the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

The assets include a number of large estates and commercial properties as well as the leasing of the seabed out to 12 nautical miles, mineral and salmon fishing rights and approximately half of the foreshore including 5,000 licensed moorings and 850 aquaculture sites. Only the assets being utilised are included in the current capital valuation so the potential total value is much greater, particularly for seabed leasing opportunities.

The Scottish Crown Estate Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in January 2018. The Bill proposes a new framework for management of Scottish Crown Estate assets. The Bill reforms the legal framework on how the Scottish Crown Estate assets can be managed, including new powers to change who can manage the assets and enable the manager to take account of wider economic, social and environmental benefits when making decisions on use of the assets.

Information about Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management)

CES(IM) currently uses ‘Crown Estate Scotland' as a trading name. In addition to the Board, CES(IM) has approximately 40 staff who are not civil servants. CES(IM) operates under a Framework Document which describes the relationship with Scottish Ministers and further information on functions (including powers and duties). It can be accessed through this link.

Board Member Duties and Responsibilities

Board Members provide active and effective direction, support and guidance to ensure that CES(IM) delivers, and is committed to delivering, its functions effectively and efficiently and in accordance with the aims, policies and priorities of the Scottish Ministers. They provide a strong ‘challenge function', carefully scrutinising planned and underlying assumptions before decisions are taken. In exercising this function, where necessary, they will challenge other members and senior officials.

Specific roles and responsibilities may vary but, unless otherwise agreed, Board Members will:

  • prepare for, and attend, meetings of CES(IM) and its committees;
  • attend other meetings and seminars on behalf of CES(IM) (as required);
  • assist in the development, approval and monitoring of the Body's corporate plans which demonstrate how CES(IM) contributes to National Outcomes;
  • approve, where appropriate, a statement of accounts for each financial year on the basis determined by the Scottish Ministers;
  • monitor the financial position of CES(IM) against budget allocations and key financial targets and ensure corrective action is taken where required;
  • establish good partnership working with other organisations and participate in reference groups, discussion forums and open meetings (as required); and
  • carry out other tasks that may reasonably be required.

Experience, Knowledge and Expertise

As indicated previously, applicants must demonstrate experience, knowledge and expertise in at least one of the following:

  • Optimising value from Investments;
  • Strategic People/Change Management;
  • Communications/External Engagement/Digital Communications.

Key Skills

Applicants must also demonstrate a number of key skills:

  • longer term planning/seeing the bigger picture;
  • managing performance;
  • constructive and supportive challenge - working as part of a team;
  • communication, collaboration and influencing.

Length of Appointment

The appointments are for up to three years with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond. Reappointment is not automatic. Any appointment and subsequent reappointment will not exceed a maximum total of eight years.

Time Commitment and Remuneration

The time commitment for a board member is expected to be on average two days per month - a maximum of 24 days per year. This includes a mixture of board/committee meetings, reading and preparation, and meetings with stakeholders and partners which may be during the day or in the evening. Overnight stays may occur three to four times each year.

Given that the Crown Estate's assets are located throughout Scotland, meetings will take place within and outwith the Central Belt and, therefore, Members will need to be able to travel. Board Members may, with the agreement of the Chair, participate in meetings by using video conferencing facilities.

Remuneration and Expenses

A fee of £207.00 per day (non-pensionable) is payable. Reimbursement will also be made for all reasonable travel and subsistence costs and any reasonable dependant/carer expenses, including child care, incurred whilst undertaking Board duties and for support required to help members carry out their duties effectively. No pension scheme will be provided.

Further information

An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be found via the link below.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9 January 2019.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland's public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50. The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity and treatment to all applicants. The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to meet the person specification and participate fully in the selection process.

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 the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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