Jan 282020

Chair - Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Reference: 2744
Remuneration: £45,174 per annum
Location: Inverness
Closing date: 19 February 2020 at midnight

Appointment of the Chair of the Board

Appointment for three years from 1 May 2020

Information about Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the economic and community development agency for an area covering more than half of Scotland's land mass, stretching from Shetland in the north to the southern tip of Argyll and including almost 100 inhabited islands. In collaboration with partners in the public, private and third sectors, HIE supports the delivery of Scotland's Economic Strategy and Economic Action Plan, reaffirming the Scottish Government's commitment to create a more successful country, and make the region an attractive place to live, work and study. HIE recognises and supports the unique culture of this area, for example through delivering its Gaelic plan.

HIE has statutory powers to promote and assist economic development, enterprise, training, business competitiveness, strong communities, environmental improvement and international competitiveness and to advise Scottish Ministers on all related matters. HIE also works collaboratively with the other Enterprise and Skills agencies, with Scottish Government and more widely to support the wider enterprise and skills landscape though the aims of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board.

About the Chair Role

This is a high profile position and the Chair of HIE is expected to deliver active and dynamic leadership of HIE's board and working with the CEO and the wider organisation, will act as an ambassador for HIE and the region itself by building positive relationships of influence amongst the business community, politicians and wider stakeholder groups. The Chair must be able to develop and deliver the strategic vision and strategies and should be adept at operating and managing within a changing environment.

The Chair is a member of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and will be expected to work collaboratively and collectively across the public and private sectors.

The main areas of competence and capability are set against a backdrop of ensuring:

  • the Board is diverse, acts collectively and collaboratively; aligning with the Scottish Government's Economic Action Plan and the priorities of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board
  • the Board is effective and maintains the highest standards of corporate governance and financial management


In order to achieve the above, it is essential that candidates can demonstrate evidence of:

  • leadership;
  • communication;
  • governance;
  • knowledge and understanding of the Highlands and Islands region and its economy.

They should also be able to demonstrate evidence of their knowledge of the Scottish economy and how it is positioned competitively and internationally as well as knowledge and understanding of fair work.

For further information about the body and the role, please contact Adrian Kitson, Head of Executive Support at HIE at adrian.kitson@hient.co.uk or on 01463 383003. You can also find out more about Highlands and Islands Enterprise at www.hie.co.uk/.

Terms and Conditions

The appointment will be for a period of three years from 1 May 2020. The role attracts remuneration of c£45,174 per annum plus expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment including reasonable travel and subsistence outwith travel to Board meetings. The time commitment is 91 days per year which includes attendance as a Member of the Strategic Board. The position is not pensionable.

Further Information

An application pack and full details on how to apply for the role can be found via the link below. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments, on Freephone 0300 244 1898 by email at public.appointments@gov.scot. The letter with evidence and the basic application form must be submitted to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot. Letters without the accompanying application form will not be considered.

Closing date for completed applications is Wednesday, 19 February 2020.

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. If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at public.appointments@gov.scot.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or at public.appointments@gov.scot.

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