Vacancy: Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise 

About HIE

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for a diverse and beautiful region which covers more than half of Scotland. HIE aspires to generate inclusive growth in every part of our region, and make a strong contribution to Scotland’s economic progress.

The Highlands and Islands is a region that is rich in opportunities, but also faces a distinctive set of challenges.

With more than 50 years’ experience, HIE enjoys a reputation as one of Europe’s leading development agencies – helping to grow businesses and sectors, strengthening communities, and generating innovative ideas to increase population and overcome geographical barriers.

We are now seeking an outstanding leader to build on this success and create the next wave of initiatives that will underpin and accelerate future growth in all parts of the Highlands and Islands.

You can find out more about HIE throughout our website. Our operating objectives are within the about HIE section here >

Our vision

We want the Highlands and Islands to be a highly successful and competitive region in which increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest. 

Our priorities

Our Operating Plan 2016-2019 sets out our four priorities, the building blocks of our work for the next three years, in line with Scotland's Economic Strategy. Our priorities are: 

Working for HIE

Watch our video to hear from our staff and Chair, Lorne Crerar, about what we do and what it is like to work for HIE. 


About the role

Location: Inverness or alternative HIE office location in the Highlands and Islands (to be agreed).

Salary: The salary pay range is set in line with the Scottish Government pay policy for senior appointments. The current salary range is £108,181 to £118,480.

As HIE's Chief Executive, you will oversee the development of our long-term plans for regional growth and build strong relationships and networks within central and local government, universities and the public, private and third sectors in Scotland, the UK and overseas. Making connections between people, resources and places, you will engender passion for our ambitions and lead a skilled and dedicated team to deliver our goals.

You will have significant, relevant experience of leading an organisation, and developing influential high-level relationships and public/private partnerships. Comfortable working internationally, you are an inspirational and visionary leader with an excellent grasp of economic and community development, a clear understanding of organisational strategy and an appetite to succeed. A proven track record of risk and financial management is essential, together with an understanding of alternative and collaborative funding models. Excellent people management and communication skills are vital.

Find out more about the role in the job description and person specification > 


For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Catriona Mackie or Donogh O’Brien at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

Please note that all applications should be uploaded to Aspen People's website by following the instructions below.

To apply, please send a comprehensive submission which should include:

Key dates

  • Closing date: 24 April 12 noon
  • Initial interviews: 15 May
  • Interview date: 5 June in Inverness

If you have any issues uploading your application or process queries please contact Kelsey Sinclair on 0141 212 7555.

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