Dec 052019

Chair - West College Scotland

West College Scotland is looking for a new chair of the board which is a paid role. This is a great opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people in West Scotland and applications from individuals of under-represented groups are particularly welcome. Board experience is required and applicants need to demonstrate strategic leadership, governance and accountability and an ability to work collaboratively. The closing date is 11th December for applications.

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Public Appointment: Challenge and change in Scotland’s colleges - Appointment of Chair to West College Scotland

Do you want to help make a difference to the lives of people in West Scotland? With 28,000 students, 1,200 staff and turnover of over £65 million West College Scotland is the second largest regional college in Scotland based over 3 campuses. Their vision is based on the premise that vocational education and training can transform people's lives.

Scottish Ministers are appointing a new Chair to West College Scotland. The appointment will be for up to four years from 3 March 2020.

Role and responsibilities:

As Chair, you will establish impactful 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; ensure the College develops the right skills and positive attitudes within its student cohort to support the needs of local, regional and national employers, and ensure that West College plays a key role in supporting inclusive economic growth across the region.

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

  • Impactful Strategic Leadership
  • Impactful Governance and Accountability which delivers results
  • Working collectively and collaboratively

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.

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 learning, as well as keeping abreast of the wider skills and enterprise context to address sector wide opportunities and challenges.

Remuneration and Expenses:

The daily remuneration rate for this position is £265, up to a maximum total fee of £27,560 per financial year.


You will be based at Abercorn Centre, Paisley Campus Board Meetings are rotated between campuses.

For further information and to apply, please see:

The closing date for applications is midnight on 11 December 2019.

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