Chair of HIE - Board appointment

The Scottish Government is currently recruiting for the position of Chair of the HIE Board.

About 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 and Economic Action Plan, reaffirming the Scottish Government’s commitment to create a more successful country, and make the region an attractive place to live, work and study. 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.


About the role

This is a high profile position and the Chair of HIE is expected to deliver active and dynamic leadership of HIE’s board. Working with the CEO and the wider organisation, the Chair will act as an ambassador for HIE and the region by building positive relationships of influence amongst the business community, politicians and wider stakeholder groups. The Chair must be able to develop and deliver the strategic vision and strategies and should be adept at operating and managing within a changing environment.

The Chair is a member of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and will be expected to work collaboratively and collectively across the public and private sectors.

The main areas of competence and capability are set against a backdrop of ensuring: the Board is diverse, acts collectively and collaboratively; aligning with the Scottish Government’s Economic Action Plan and the priorities of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and that the Board is effective and maintains the highest standards of corporate governance and financial management.


In order to achieve the above, it is essential that candidates can demonstrate:

  • leadership
  • communication
  • governance
  • knowledge and understanding of the Highlands and Islands region and its economy.

They should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the Scottish economy and how it is positioned competitively and internationally, as well as knowledge and understanding of fair work practice.


The appointment will be for a period of three years from 1 May 2020.


The role attracts remuneration of c£45,174 per annum plus expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment. This includes reasonable travel and subsistence outwith travel to Board meetings.


The time commitment is 91 days per year which includes attendance as a Member of the Strategic Board.

The position is not pensionable.


How to apply 

An application pack and full details on how to apply for the role can be found at the public appointments website 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the website, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at

The letter with evidence and the basic application form must be submitted to Letters without the accompanying application form will not be considered. 

The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 19 February 2020.

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. If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at


The current Chair of HIE's board, professor Lorne Crerar, explains the role.

Would you like to chat?

If you'd like to discuss the role further or find out more about HIE and our region, please contact Adrian Kitson, Head of Executive Support at HIE:

Tel: 01463 383 003. 

The current Chair of the Board, Professor Lorne Crerar, would also be happy to speak to those interested in the position. Please contact Adrian, as above, in the first instance to check Lorne's availability. 

Hear from the current Chair of HIE's board

Click on the video on the left to hear Lorne explain the role of HIE and the position in more detail. 

You can also find out more about HIE by looking through this website or following the related links below. 

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality. 

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