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About the Board

Find out about the roles and responsibilities of the Historic Environment Scotland Board.

1 Overview

As a Non Departmental Public Body with charitable status, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is led by a Board whose members are collectively responsible for the governance of the organisation.

Board members bring a wide range of skills and experience to the organisation. They have backgrounds in areas such as law, conservation, marketing, archaeology, architecture and education.

Board members act as ambassadors for the organisation and the historic environment more broadly.

2 The role of the Board

The Board is responsible for setting the vision, values and strategic direction of the organisation, and ensuring performance and financial stewardship.

The day to day operation of HES is the responsibility of the Chief Executive, and the Board holds the Chief Executive to account. The Board is in turn accountable to Scottish Ministers and to the Scottish Parliament.

As HES is a Scottish charity, regulated by OSCR, the Board members are also the charity’s trustees.

You can read minutes of Board meetings and other related documents on our website.

3 Appointments to the Board

HES can have between 10 and 15 Board members. Board members are appointed by Scottish Ministers following an open process, and these appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland. Board members are entitled to fees in line with Scottish Government Pay Policy. Actual payment to Board members is disclosed in the Annual Report each year.

Current Board members are appointed for a term of between two and four years. Board members may be reappointed but the total period of appointment of any individual will be no more than eight years.

Board members must abide by a Code of Conduct during their appointment.

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4 Contact

Contact us to find out further information about the Board of Historic Environment Scotland.

Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8600
Email: board@hes.scot