Appointments are for three years from 1 July 2018
Scottish Ministers are looking to make three appointments to the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
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, which reaffirms Scottish Government’s commitment to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. 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.
Scottish Ministers appoint the non-executive Board Members in accordance with the Enterprise and New Towns ( Scotland ) Act 1990. The appointments are made in line with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland. The Chief Executive is a full member of the Board.
The Board’s role and responsibilities
The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that HIE fulfils the aims and objectives set by the Scottish Ministers and for promoting the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources by HIE, in accordance with the principles of Best Value . To this end, and in pursuit of its wider corporate responsibilities, the Board shall:
- establish the overall strategic direction of HIE within the policy, planning and resources framework determined by the Scottish Ministers;
- ensure that the Scottish Ministers are kept informed of any changes which are likely to impact on the strategic direction of HIE or on the attainability of its targets, and determine the steps needed to deal with such changes;
- ensure that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds (i.e. all funds falling within the stewardship of HIE) are complied with; that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with the Scottish Government sponsor Directorate, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and that, in reaching decisions, the Board takes into account relevant guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers;
- ensure that the Board receives and reviews regular financial information concerning the management of HIE; is informed in a timely manner about any concerns about the activities of HIE; and provides positive assurance to the Scottish Government sponsor Directorate that appropriate action has been taken on such concerns;
- demonstrate high standards of corporate governance at all times, including by setting up and using an independent audit committee – in accordance with the guidance on Audit Committees – to help the Board to address the key financial and other risks facing HIE. The Board is expected to assure itself on the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems;
- provide commitment and leadership in the development and promotion of Best Value principles throughout the organisation; and
- appoint with the Scottish Ministers’ approval a Chief Executive to HIE and, in consultation with the Scottish Government sponsor Directorate, set performance objectives and remuneration terms linked to these objectives for the Chief Executive which give due weight both to the proper management and use of public monies and to the delivery of outcomes in line with the Scottish Ministers’ priorities.
Board Member responsibilities
Individual Board members shall:
- comply at all times with the Code of Conduct for HIE that is adopted by HIE and with the rules relating to the use of public funds, conflicts of interest and confidentiality;
- not misuse information gained in the course of their public service for personal gain or for political profit, nor seek to use the opportunity of public service to promote their private interests or those of connected persons or organisations;
- comply with the relevant Code of Conduct on the acceptance of gifts and hospitality, and of business appointments;
- act in good faith and in the best interests of HIE at all times;
- contribute to consideration of key issues before the Board – including major investment support for account managed businesses and communities as well as strategic focus and outcomes of the organisation;
- support the Chief Executive, the Senior Management Team and wider HIE staff, ensuring that the values and standards expected are maintained at all times;
- take responsibility for specific tasks, including representing the Board at events, as agreed with the Board and/or Chairman; and
- consistently demonstrate high standards of personal integrity and corporate governance.
It is the aim of Scottish Ministers is to appoint candidates who have a very close affinity and understanding of the issues impacting on the Highlands and Islands area (Argyll and the Islands; Caithness and Sutherland; Inner Moray Firth; Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross; Moray; Orkney; Outer Hebrides; and Shetland). As a consequence, they have agreed that two of the three candidates appointed must live, work or study currently in the Highlands and Islands area as described above.
For the third position, no such conditions will be attached but, as for the other two positions, the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the economic, cultural and fiscal issues impacting on the Highlands and Islands area.
Applicants must also demonstrate:
- the ability to analyse and review complex issues affecting a major organisation, weigh up conflicting opinions and reach informed decisions;
- the ability to engage effectively with a range of HIE customers and stakeholders and be an ambassador for the organisation and the Region;
- the ability to engage with Board colleagues and HIE Directors to challenge constructively and help inform decision making; and
- appetite and capacity to learn continually, in particular the issues affecting HIE, its operations and its influential role in the area.
It would be desirable if applicants could demonstrate:
- knowledge and experience relating to strengthening communities, including community assets, social enterprise, and arts and culture;
- knowledge, understanding and/or experience of issues affecting Scotland’s economy, including growth sectors and key themes such as innovation, internationalisation, investment and inclusive growth; and
- knowledge and understanding of issues relating to the Gaelic language.
- Applicants will be asked to indicate on their application the areas of the desirable criteria where they consider they can demonstrate relevant knowledge, understanding and/or experience.
Length of Appointment
The appointments are 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 extend beyond a maximum of eight years.
Remuneration and Expenses
The current arrangements are that members of the Board are paid up to £10,065 per annum, paid monthly, based on daily fee of £419.00 for an average of two days per month Travel and subsistence allowances are payable as are child and carer costs. The appointments are not pensionable.
Overall, it is anticipated that the appointment will involve a time commitment of an average two days per month after the induction phase. This will include attendance at Board meetings of which there are usually six per year. In addition, you will be expected to devote appropriate preparation time ahead of each meeting. Additional time is available for those travelling from remote parts of the country subject to agreement with the Chair.
The closing date for applications is 24 April 2018 .
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.