Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Organisation type: Government body

We aim to ensure that care, treatment and support are lawful and respect the rights and promote the welfare of individuals with mental illness, learning disability and related conditions. We do this by empowering individuals and their carers and influencing and challenging service providers and policy makers.


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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £101,079 – £111,846
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th February 2020

We protect and promote the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.

We are seeking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer to lead the Commission in the delivery of our strategic objectives, which arise out of our duties under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

The timing of this appointment offers the right individual a great opportunity to shape not only the Commission’s future role, but to also influence Scottish mental health and incapacity law. The legislation that is central to our work is almost 20 years old and is currently under review. This brings the potential for major examination of what is working and what might be improved in our laws, taking account of changes in society and in the environment in which we operate. The Commission’s Chief Executive is expected to work closely with the review team as they seek to create modern, forward-looking legislation for Scotland.

You will have extensive experience in organisational leadership and have demonstrated the ability to influence and challenge key players in mental health and learning disability fields, including within the Scottish Government, the NHS and local authorities. In addition, you must demonstrate a commitment to upholding the welfare and human rights of individuals. We are looking for a driven, enthusiastic leader with excellent relationship skills with the ability to combine strategic policy judgement and political awareness with experience of building, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams.

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