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Join our Board

Find out how you can be part of our story by joining our Board.

1 Overview

We are currently looking for up to four individuals to join the Board of HES as two of our current Board members step down and HES undertakes significant development over the next decade

HES Board roles

In keeping with the wide scope of our responsibilities, we need a diverse Board membership. Applications are invited from a wide range of people, but particularly from individuals with more specific skills and experience in archives, world class visitor management and large-scale project management.

As well as providing strategic direction and effective support and challenge to staff, a willingness to act as an ambassador for HES in varied contexts is essential.

We are also looking for one new Board member to join our Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee.

2 Person specification

The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants, and we encourage applications from across Scotland and beyond.

Not all successful applicants will need to have previous experience of serving on a Board, and we would particularly welcome the opportunity to appoint a first-time Board member looking to broaden their own skills and experience and grow into the role.

We provide induction, support, and ongoing learning and development opportunities for all Board members.

It is anticipated that up to four appointed members will take up post by 23 March 2020 for a period of four years, with the possibility of re-appointment.

3 How to apply

Appointments to the Board of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are made by Scottish Ministers following an open process, and these appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Applications are now open and can be accessed via the Public Appointments website.

HES will also be hosting a number of events, open to prospective applicants to learn more about our work, how we fulfil our responsibilities, as well as an informal opportunity to hear from current Board members. The details are as follows:

  • 19 November 2019: 200 SVS, Conference & Events Venue, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5SQ
  • 28 November 2019: The Philipburn Hotel, Linglie Road, Selkirk, TD7 5LS

Both events will be held from 6pm to 7.30pm

These are drop-in events, but if you would like any further information please contact Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, at or call 0131 668 8989.