Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS).

About A&DS

Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body of the Scottish Government. Established in 2005 to promote good architecture and sustainable design,  their work supports the delivery of the Scottish Government’s objectives and outcomes.

Their role is to improve the quality of development in Scotland and support and promote excellence in the delivery of good architecture, successful places and efficient processes. This role requires them to work with other organisations to help to develop an effective focus on place, architecture and urban design across policies and working practices.

A&DS responsibilities are set out in Creating Places – A Policy statement on architecture and place for Scotland and include supporting the creation and renewal of sustainable buildings and places, improving skills and increasing understanding.We have recently published our Corporate Strategy for 2017-2020, which outlines their priorities and objectives for the coming three years.  Their vision is that “We live in a Scotland where a well-designed built environment supports sustainable, resilient communities which meet the needs of all.”  More information about Architecture and Design Scotland, including the recently launched Corporate Strategy, is available on

Key responsibilities/Purpose and role of the chair

The Chair, along with the Company Board, will ensure the A&DS’s strategy and business plan continue to support and promote the value good architecture and sustainable design add to everyone’s lives.

The Chair, will be expected to have an understanding of how architecture, design issues and the built environment can support a wide range of policy outcomes and support people’s lives; able to see the bigger picture, and have strong communication and influencing skills. You will have strong leadership skills and be able to uphold good governance.

Terms of appointment

The Board meets at least once a month except in July where then is no meeting.  At present, the anticipated time commitment for the Chair is around 4 days per month (circa 48 days a year) on Board business including attending events. There will also be periods when pressure of business may require additional time.

The Chair appointment is remunerated at the gross daily rate of £200 per day, providing a yearly remuneration of £9,600. You will also receive reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses and reasonable child care/carer costs incurred whilst undertaking Board duties.

This appointment will be for up to 4 years in the first instance. This appointment will be formally effective from 1 October 2018.

The closing date for applications is: Friday 4 May 2018.

For full information on this appointment, please read the Application Information Pack accessed via this link