Mar 162018

Chair of The Audit and Risk Committee - VisitScotland

Reference: 1434

Remuneration: £343.12 per day

Location: Various locations throughout Scotland

Closing date: 09 April 2018 at midnight 

Appointment to the board of VisitScotland


Appointment for up to three years from 1 June 2018

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a Chair of the VisitScotland Audit and Risk Committee.

Information about VisitScotland

VisitScotland is the lead Scottish Government Non-Departmental Public Body responsible for growing and developing Scotland's visitor economy and for advising Ministers on policy. It has wide statutory powers to promote tourism and has a budget of around £50 million per annum. It is funded in part by the Scottish Government, and the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs makes appointments to the Board which currently has nine members including the Chair.

Role of the VisitScotland Board

The Board has both a leadership and governance role and in pursuit of this dual role the Board will undertake the following:

  • Leadership
  • provide strategic leadership, direction, support and guidance for VisitScotland;
  • act as ambassadors for Scottish tourism, conveying passion for Scotland's tourism product;
  • champion the work of VisitScotland with stakeholders across Scotland and beyond, representing VisitScotland at engagements, functions and meetings;
  • ensure that VisitScotland's public profile and its relations with news media and wider stakeholders is properly presented, communicating VisitScotland's core messages as appropriate;
  • work closely with the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, the Scottish Government and Local Authorities, as well as the tourism industry and other stakeholders to ensure that tourism remains at the top of the political agenda, is supported in a sustained manner and is recognised as a key contributor to the wider Scottish economy.


  • demonstrate high standards of corporate governance at all times.
  • promote commitment to the core values, policies and objectives set by Scottish Ministers, and ensure that VisitScotland fulfils these aims and objectives;
  • promote the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources by VisitScotland in accordance with the principles of Best Value;
  • ensure that it receives and reviews regular financial information concerning the management of VisitScotland; is informed in a timely manner about any concerns about the activities of VisitScotland; and provides positive assurance to the Scottish Government that appropriate action had been taken on such concerns;
  • ensure that Scottish Ministers are kept informed of any changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of VisitScotland or on the attainability of its targets, and determines the steps needed to deal with such changes.

Role of the Board Member

The principle role is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. However, Board Members also:

  • provide input to the achievement of VisitScotland objectives through the attendance at – and consideration of papers for – VisitScotland Board meetings;
  • contribute to the determination of policy, planning and resource allocation;
  • act as an ambassador for Scottish tourism and VisitScotland, representing the best interests of the Scottish tourism industry and the wider visitor economy, championing the work of VisitScotland and representing VisitScotland at functions and events;
  • align the work of VisitScotland, using his / her knowledge and experience, to the Scottish Government's priorities – investment, innovation, internationalisation and inclusive growth;
  • support the Chief Executive and the Executive team.

Skills and Experience

On this occasion Ministers will be seeking to appoint a Board member who has:

  • a relevant financial qualification;
  • audit experience within a large complex organisation or international accounting experience at senior level;
  • the ability to chair a committee;
  • the ability to assimilate financial papers and undertake detailed analysis;
  • the ability to provide leadership and direction in respect of holding the position of Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

They would also expect applicants to have:

  • the ability to contribute to policy and strategy formulation;
  • excellent interpersonal, communications and networking skills;
  • the ability to engage others in debate and participate in constructive group discussions.

The role attracts a daily rate remuneration of £343.12 for a time commitment of 2½ days per month (28 days per year). The appointment is for three years with the possibility of reappointment beyond that.

Full information on the appointments can be found in the Applicant Information Pack below.

Closing date for applications is 9 April 2018.

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

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

If you require any reasonable adjustments to support you through the application and selection process, you should contact the Scottish Government Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898 or at

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