Professionals interested in the promotion, care and sustainable management of Scotland’s nature are being urged to apply for the post of Chair of the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
SNH is an Executive Non Departmental Public Body which advises the Government on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland. Its role is to help secure the sustainable management of Scotland’s natural heritage for the benefit of all.
Scottish Ministers are looking for someone to replace Andrew Thin, whose term as Chairman of SNH ends in March 2014.
The successful candidate will lead the Board in its provision of strategic leadership to SNH and make sure it delivers on Government priorities.
Mr Thin said: “Scottish Parliament and Ministers look to SNH to help secure the sustainable management of nature and landscape. That’s a huge responsibility, given that nature is our greatest asset and the Board has a vital role in making sure it is fulfilled effectively and efficiently.”
Current expertise on the SNH Board include farming, estate management, fisheries research, marine pollution, environmental management, energy, education, aquaculture and wildlife management.
Mr Thin said this wide range of expertise is crucial. He added: “As nature and landscape underpin so many aspects of Scottish life, including commercial interests, recreation, health and education, the organisation needs to be in tune with all these sectors and understand how they rely on and use our natural resources. It’s not necessary to have a detailed understanding of science and the natural environment, as that is already represented on the Board and among SNH employees. What is needed is the experience and ability to lead a large and complex public service organisation in a non-executive capacity.”
Mr Thin described the role as an opportunity that is both challenging and rewarding for potential applicants, and one that he has enjoyed immensely over the past seven years.
Application packs are available from the public appointments website (www.appointed-for-scotland.org ) with a closing date of 8 November.