Recruitment begins for new SEPA Chair and Board member

date31 July 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (31 July, 2015) publicised the recruitment process for candidates to replace the current Chairman and one Non-Executive member of the SEPA Board.

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The recruitment process has been launched in advance of the upcoming end of tenure for David Sigsworth as SEPA Chairman and another board member in December this year, with the new Chair and Non-Executive member appointments due to take effect from 1 January 2016.

As Scotland’s environmental regulator, the SEPA Board is responsible for the overall direction and performance of the organisation, including its efficiency and effectiveness as a public body. Applicants for the roles of Chair and board member will therefore be required to evidence a background in sound strategic decision making, in addition to a track record of supporting and challenging senior staff.

In order to reflect the people and businesses that SEPA engage with, and act on behalf of, the recruitment process is aimed at encouraging a broad mix of applicants from varying backgrounds and expertise. To highlight the specific qualities and values being sought by SEPA, a video message from Professor Sigsworth is available for potential applicants to view on the SEPA website.

SEPA’s Chairman, David Sigsworth, said:

I’ve enjoyed my time as SEPA Chairman immensely and I feel privileged to have been part of the team that has moved SEPA towards being a first class environment protection agency. More than that, I am proud to have been able to lead a dedicated and professional Board, and I’m very pleased to help the Scottish Government find my replacement over the coming months. 

“The qualities we are looking for in new board members are good communicators, who are comfortable developing relationships across a wide range of people and those who can adapt quickly to enhance the work of the board through their own skillset.”  

Interested candidates should apply for the role via Scottish Government’s Public Appointments website, with the closing date for applications on Friday 28 August, 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, following which Scottish Ministers will approve the final candidates for each role. For full details on each position, including application forms and role descriptions, please visit the Public Appointments website.


Notes to editors

  • Recruitment for the position of Chair and Non-Executive Board Member will remain open until the 28 August, 2015.

  • All information related to Chair and Non-Executive Board Member positions can be found here.

  • More information on SEPA’s Board is available on the SEPA website.

  • A direct link to video message from Chairman David Sigsworth can be viewed here.