Redress Scotland
Redress Scotland
Redress Scotland is primarily a decision-making body.

Current vacancies

Top job! Chief Executive of Redress Scotland

  • Full time
  • £77,340 – £83,233
  • Scotland, Central Belt
  • Closing 31st May 2021

For decades, children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failing by establishing a financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.

While nothing can ever make up for the suffering survivors have endured, financial redress can provide acknowledgement and recognition of the harm done. A national redress scheme will offer a non-adversarial alternative route to justice and access to support and apology.

To deliver this, the Scottish Government is supporting the creation of a new ‘non-departmental public body’ entitled Redress Scotland. This body will assess and make decisions on applications from survivors (and in some cases next of kin) seeking redress. Redress Scotland will be entirely independent of the Scottish Government.


Redress Scotland is primarily a decision-making body. It will not process applications, provide support to applicants or arrange payments. In order to make best use of public resources, all administrative aspects of the national scheme will instead be carried out by Scottish Government without impinging on the independence of Redress Scotland’s decision-making.

The Role

Redress Scotland is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive who will be the board’s principal adviser on the discharge of its statutory functions.

You will provide strong leadership from the outset, working to establish a strategic framework for Redress Scotland and putting in place the right resources, processes and policies to ensure success. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of designing and implementing organisational strategies, governance arrangements, resource plans and corporate reports.

You will operate with high levels of personal integrity and be able to build new trusted relationships across organisational boundaries, helping to create a trauma-informed organisation that inspires the trust of the survivor community.

Main duties include:

  • Working closely with the Chair, you will establish the strategic framework for Redress Scotland, translating this into operational processes and creating the right conditions for success as an independent public body.
  • Make evidence-based recommendations to the Board on the action and resources required to achieve its vision – including recruitment, training and wider business infrastructure.
  • Recruit and develop a small secretariat team, confidently communicating the needs of survivors in a clear and compelling manner and instilling a culture of trauma-informed practice.
  • Provide concise advice to the Board on the effective discharge of its responsibilities – as set out in legislation and statutory guidance – demonstrating a clear commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Put in place robust governance, risk and reporting arrangements, following best practice to ensure legal and regulatory compliance. This includes annual corporate, financial and operational reports as set out in legislation.
  • Build new and trusting relationships with survivors, survivor organisations, care providers and other key stakeholders, working collaboratively across boundaries to promote the purpose and values of Redress Scotland.
  • Work to ensure Redress Scotland is a professional and accessible organisation. Role modelling a commitment to integrity, accountability, objectivity and equality. This includes setting high standards of performance and establishing appropriate monitoring arrangements.
Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Chair of Redress Scotland

  • Management Board
  • Sessional
  • Central Belt (tbc)
  • Closing 16th April 2021

Do you want to lead the establishment of a new, independent and trauma-informed public body which treats survivors with respect, dignity and compassion?

For decades, children in residential care in Scotland were failed by those entrusted to look after them. Scotland is taking steps to face up to those failings by establishing a new financial redress scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care.

The Scottish Parliament passed the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill on 11 March 2021. The Bill creates ‘Redress Scotland’, a new Non-Departmental Public Body which will make decisions on applications from survivors seeking financial redress.

As Chair of Redress Scotland, in addition to providing strategic leadership and embedding a culture of trauma-informed practice you will:

  • Build public confidence in Redress Scotland, promoting the purpose and values of the organisation and ensuring survivors’ needs remain at its heart
  • Support the Chief Executive and their staff to deliver the organisation’s objectives, demonstrating the values embedded in legislation
  • Have a track history of strong leadership, personal integrity and the impartiality required to build and maintain the trust of survivors and a range of stakeholders.
  • Provide vision and focus to ensure the organisation delivers statutory obligations and is viewed as a trustworthy and transparent independent public body