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Appointment of Chair to the Board of Ayrshire College
Scottish Ministers are looking for a new Chair for the Board of Ayrshire College. The appointment will be for up to four years from 1 November 2022.
Ayrshire College is one of the largest colleges in Scotland, formed in 2013 from the merger of the former Ayr and Kilmarnock Colleges and the Ayrshire campuses of the former James Watt College. The College has around 840 staff across three main campuses in the towns of Ayr, Kilmarnock and Kilwinning, and a Skills Centre of Excellence located in Irvine Royal Academy. A new ‘Future Skills Hub’ in Kilwinning is due to be completed in 2022.
Do you want to help shape Scotland’s food future? Use your expertise to help us improve Scotland’s diet and protect consumers from food safety risks.
Appointment of Members of the Board of Food Standards Scotland
Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint four new Members of the Board of Food Standards Scotland.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is Scotland’s food regulator and has established itself as the authority on all matters related to food and feed standards and safety and advice on how the public can improve on its diet and nutrition. Our remit is public health protection, focusing on food and animal feed standards and safety including food labelling, and improving diet and nutrition. We are an evidence-based organisation providing independent policy advice to both consumers and the Scottish Government.
FSS is excited about its future and it relishes the challenge of ensuring that Scotland maintains its reputation for the highest levels of food standards and safety. We want to promote continual improvements in diet and nutrition to effect improvements in public health; and above all else, in every action we take on food, we want to retain the confidence of consumers.
The organisation works with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Health (DH) on many issues, such as dealing with UK-wide food incidents, taking action on Campylobacter, improving health through better diet, European developments and collaborating on research.
Role and responsibilities
The FSS Board, comprising our Chair, Heather Kelman, and seven non-executive members, is responsible for setting the strategic direction. The Board meets in public approximately four times per year, and our policy recommendations and decisions are published on our website www.foodstandards.gov.scot. It is our aim to be open and transparent in everything we do.
We are looking for new members to join the board who are passionate about protecting the interests of consumers when it comes to food, improving diet in Scotland and maintaining Scotland’s high food standards.
Non-Executive Recruitment Engagement Event
An online non-executive recruitment engagement event will be held on Tuesday 28th June 2022 from 6-7pm. Potential applicants are encouraged to join to learn more about Food Standards Scotland and the role of a Board Member at the organisation. If you would like to attend the session please email email@example.com to request an invitation.
ACCOUNTS COMMISSION FOR SCOTLAND
APPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS
Do you have a passion for public service and improving how councils and other public bodies address the challenges facing Scotland to benefit people’s lives and the communities in which they live? The Accounts Commission is looking for up to four members. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, we would like to hear from you.
The Accounts Commission is the independent public body which oversees the performance and spending within Scotland’s 32 councils, 30 health and social care joint integration boards and other joint boards. We play a significant role in Scottish public life helping to ensure that public money is spent properly, efficiently and effectively. We are responsible for the audit of all local authorities in Scotland.
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) is seeking applications from experienced professionals to fill the role of Associate Inspector.
To excel in this role you will be an analytical thinker who is able to assimilate information quickly, thoroughly and accurately, draw together findings and contribute to reports constructively. You should have experience in planning, prioritising and managing heavy workloads with minimal supervision.
Our role is to inquire into the state, efficiency and effectiveness of the Police Service of Scotland (Police Scotland) and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), as set out in the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.
HMICS operates independently of Police Scotland, the SPA and the Scottish Government. We also have a statutory duty to ensure that the Chief Constable and the SPA meet their obligations in terms of best value and continuous improvement.
We recently published our Scrutiny Plan setting out how we will meet our statutory duties and describing scrutiny priorities for 2022-2025. Our approach is to support Police Scotland and the SPA to deliver services that are high quality, continually improving, effective and responsive to local needs. HMICS often works with other inspectorates and agencies across the public sector to share expertise or jointly examine areas where Police Scotland works in partnership with others and contributes to shared outcomes. As a values-led organisation, we conduct our scrutiny activity in a way that is independent, accountable, proportionate, transparent and user-focused.
You will work alongside our Assistant Inspector of Constabulary and/or Lead Inspectors to conduct a range of inspections as set out in our Scrutiny Plan and contribute to key findings, final published reports and recommendations for the improvement of policing across Scotland.
You must be able to secure a sound knowledge and understanding of current issues facing Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, with the ability to deliver effective, high quality and relevant inspection reports. Candidates will ideally have knowledge and experience of policing and in particular the role of policing with partner agencies.
Within HMICS, Associate Inspectors form part of an skilled cadre whose knowledge and expertise from working across various different organisations are invaluable to the scrutiny of policing. Associates Inspectors may be involved in single agency thematic or assurance work or work alongside other scrutiny bodies. Experience of conducting high quality professional reviews and inspections in the public service arena and presenting measured, objective and authoritative findings is essential.
Appointment of Members of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland
Appointments commencing in October 2022
If you are interested in or have a background in Transport Accessibility or you are aware and understand the issues that affect disabled people when using public transport; can build and maintain relationships; are able to reflect the views of disabled people, especially people with hidden disabilities; and could challenge transport providers, local authorities and the Government to do more or to do things differently, then this may be a role that interests you.
Scottish Ministers are looking to make up to three appointments to the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS), an independent advisory committee to Scottish Ministers on making transport more accessible for disabled people.
Scottish Ministers value very highly the benefits of having different experience and points of view on our Boards and Committees. Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on Boards and Committees such as women, disabled people, LGBTQI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.
Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland
The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) was set up under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 to advise Scottish Ministers on the barriers and challenges for disabled people in relation to transport. While supported by Transport Scotland, the Committee offers its views independently of government and it is expected to reflect the views of disabled people and organisations representing disabled people, however, it works also independently of those individuals and organisations.
MACS is a non-departmental advisory public body. Within the founding legislation the Scottish Ministers have defined the overall aim for MACS as follows:
“MACS will consider such matters relating to the needs of disabled persons in connection with transport as the Committee think appropriate and give advice to Scottish Ministers”.
The Convener aims to ensure, that MACS’ policies and actions supports the wider strategic policies of the Scottish Ministers. This aligns with the agreed framework between MACS and Transport Scotland, the sponsor organisation. MACS work independently to the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland.
MACS Strategic Remit is:
- to give Scottish Ministers advice on aspects of policy, legislation and practice affecting the travel needs of disabled people;
- to take account of the broad views and lived experiences of disabled people when giving advice;
- to encourage awareness amongst disabled people in Scotland of developments which affects their mobility, choices and opportunities;
- to work closely with SG and ensure our work programme complements the work being undertaken by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), the Inclusive Mobility and Transport Advisory Committee (IMTAC), the Equality and Human Rights Commission and other organisations, voluntary and statutory;
- to promote the travel needs of disabled people with designers including transport planners and operators so that these are fully taken into account in the development of vehicles and infrastructure and delivery of services;
- to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our work against the above aims and objectives in improving travel opportunities for disabled people in Scotland.
"MACS believes in a Scotland without the barriers that isolate and exclude disabled people from making their choice of successful door to door journeys”.
Pension Board Independent Chairs and Vice Chairs– Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA)
Remuneration -£240 per day and reimbursement of all reasonable travel and subsistence costs.
Location, Tweedbank, Galashiels, Scottish Borders
Closing Date - 23:55 on 10 July 2022
Do not use the ‘apply now’ option on the Work for Scotland portal.
Submit your application directly to:SPPAGovernance@gov.scot
The SPPA is seeking to appoint an Independent Chair and Vice Chair to sit on one of the four Public Sector Pension Boards; the Scottish Teachers’, Firefighters’, NHS and Police Pension Boards.
Applications are invited from a wide range of people who are committed to public service and have an interest in the provision of Public Sector Pensions in Scotland. This is an exciting time in the SPPA’s journey to establish itself as the premier public sector pension service organisation in Scotland. The roles are rewarding and we would like to hear from you if you would like to contribute to SPPA’s progression on this journey.
Scheme Pension Boards are key to SPPA’s work in delivering its functions as Pension Scheme Administrator on behalf of Scottish Ministers. The Public Service Pensions Act 2013 requires the establishment of Pension Boards with the responsibility for “assisting the Scheme Manager” in securing compliance with the scheme regulations and other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the scheme.
The SPPA is looking for candidates who can offer experience in promoting agreement and building consensus between stakeholders, ideally gained via senior manager or board-level roles. Candidates should have the ability to lead the Board in an objective scrutiny of the issues for consideration and to reach conclusions following best practice in governance and in light of current regulations and legislation.
You will be offered training to support you in getting started in the role and throughout your time as a Pension Board Chair or Vice Chair.
The Commission on Widening Access was established in April 2015 to advise Ministers on the steps necessary to achieve the ambition, expressed in the 2014/15 Programme for Government, that a child born today, irrespective of socioeconomic background, should have an equal chance of entering university by the time he or she leaves school.
The Commission published its final report, A Blueprint for Fairness, in March 2016. The report contains 34 recommendations and calls on all parts of the education system and policymakers to work together to deliver fair access: A Blueprint for Fairness: Final Report of the Commission on Widening Access - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).
One of the key recommendations was for the appointment of an independent Commissioner for Fair Access. A Commissioner was judged critical to driving progress in the coming years by providing system-wide strategic leadership, scrutiny of progress and a system wide approach necessary to advance fair access in Scotland. The first Commissioner for Fair Access was appointed in December 2016.
We are now seeking to appoint the next Commissioner for Fair Access to take forward the commitment to fair access to higher education.
The Commissioner is independent of government and responsible for leading a system wide effort to deliver fair access in Scotland.
The expectation is that the next Commissioner will review the recommendations made by the Commission on Widening Access in a Blueprint for Fairness.
It is anticipated that the post will be supported by Scottish Government secretariat support in the first instance. Further support needs can be discussed at a later date.