May 132019

Chair - New College Lanarkshire

Reference: 1648
Remuneration: £265 per day
Location: Cumbernauld
Closing date: 07 June 2019 at midnight

Appointment of Chair to New College Lanarkshire

Scottish Ministers are appointing a new Chair to New College Lanarkshire. The appointment will be for up to four years from 29 August 2019.

Information about New College Lanarkshire

New College Lanarkshire is one of the largest colleges in Scotland and operates across Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire with campuses in Cumbernauld, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Kirkintilloch, Hamilton and Broadwood. The Board of the College, also known as The Lanarkshire Board, is the Regional Strategic Body (RSB) for the Lanarkshire Region. It has responsibility for South Lanarkshire College, based in East Kilbride. Lanarkshire has a higher proportion of its population living in deprived postcode areas than the Scottish average with 11 per cent of Lanarkshire's 1,008 data zones in the top ten per cent most deprived in Scotland. The colleges have been successful in engaging with learners from these areas with around 19% of the student populations coming from these data zones.

New College Lanarkshire has 15,000 students, 1,200 staff and a budget of £50m, while South Lanarkshire College has 5,000 students, 340 staff and a budget of £15m. The colleges' programmes are designed to respond to the needs of the economy and society more generally. The College's extensive provision ranges from access to degree level study and includes full-time and part-time courses, evening classes, flexible and on line learning, vocational qualifications and business training courses.

Role and responsibilities

As Chair, you will establish effective leadership of the Board ensuring that it fulfils its duties, roles and responsibilities, including those as an employer. You will work in partnership with employers and other regional stakeholders to focus on providing opportunities which meet demand in key industry sectors within the region and beyond, the College ensures that its students develop the right skills and positive attitudes to support the local, regional and national workforce needs, and plays a key role in helping to develop the regional economy.

You must already have board experience and be able to demonstrate experience, knowledge and expertise in all of the following:

  • Working with and through others
  • Effective strategic leadership
  • Effective governance and accountability
  • Planning and delivering results

Length of appointment

The appointment will be for up to four 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

It is anticipated that you will devote up to 2 days per week to performing your functions as and when required, up to a maximum of 104 days per year. Whilst the majority of Board meetings will take place in the local area, you will be required to attend meetings, representing the board, in other venues across Scotland from time to time. Your time will mainly be spent attending meetings, reading documents, evening and weekend events and contributing to national debate and policy development relating to post-16 education, as well as keeping abreast of the wider context to address sector wide issues.

Remuneration and Expenses

Remuneration rates for this position is £265, up to a maximum total fee of £27,560 per financial year.


You will be based at Cumbernauld.

Further information

An application pack with full details on this appointment can be found below.

The closing date for applications is 7 June 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. 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

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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