Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair to the Board of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC).
SLCC provide a single point of contact for all complaints against Scottish lawyers (solicitors, advocates, commercial attorneys and licensed conveyancers). They investigate and resolve complaints about services and refer conduct complaints to the relevant professional body for investigation.
As a small and focussed public body this is an ideal opportunity for someone stepping up to a chair role for the first time or for an experienced chair wanting to feel they are making a direct and immediate contribution to an organisation. Knowledge of the legal sector is not essential, although we are looking for someone with good experience of governance and decision making.
What are we looking for in a new Chair?
The Chair plays a vital role in leading the oversight of the organisation and the Executive Team, engaging with stakeholders, ensuring a strategy is in place, risk and financial controls are appropriate. To enable the SLCC Board to work effectively and efficiently it is vital we have people with a variety of skills and experience from all walks of life.
Close working with the Chief Executive ensures an effective link between the Board and Executive Team. The Chair also sits on Determination Committees deciding on the outcome of complaints.
The SLCC need a Chairing Member with specific skills along with generic personal qualities. You may have gained your experience / knowledge by working, being active in your community, in a voluntary capacity or just through your own personal life experience – we have explained in the application pack exactly what we will be looking for and how they will be tested in the appointment process.
Training and support
Because of this varied role, the new Chair will be offered a full induction along with regular training. All members are supported by the management team, clerks and investigators, and the other staff of the SLCC and have taken on board members from a large variety of backgrounds.
In total, the time commitment for all work will be:
Length of the Appointment
Appointment will be for a single term of five years. Therefore you can only apply to be a Board member again after a minimum gap of three years. No re-appointments are made to the SLCC Board, however, you can apply to be a Board member again after a minimum gap of three years.
If appointed you will be expected to take up your position on 10 July 2023.
Remuneration and Expenses
The Chair of the Board receives £323.29 per day. Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed.
The appointment is non-pensionable.
Closing 4 April 2023 at 5pm
Interviews will be held on 11 May 2023.
To Apply: The Scottish Government’s dedicated public appointments website allows you to apply online: gov.scot/collections/public-appointments. You must complete both parts of the process for your application to be considered by the selection panel.
Please return your completed application form to PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023.
Further information about the online application process is attached
Public Appointments - Frequently Asked Questions.
General information about public appointments and guidance to help you improve your applications is attached gov.scot/collections/public-appointments.
Online event: Changing the Chemistry will be hosting an online event on Tuesday 21 March at 18.00 where you can find out more about the Chair role and the SLCC from the Chief Executive, Neil Stevenson and the Interim Chair, Niki Maclean. There will also be a Q&A session where you can put your questions to the panel. You can register for this event free at Eventbrite
If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you are unable to apply online and require a word version of the application form, please contact the Scottish Government Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898, or by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot.
Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates, and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants. The Scottish Government will always consider disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to demonstrate their merit and participate fully in the selection process. If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Freephone 0300 244 1898 or email@example.com.
Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are under-represented at Chair level on Scotland’s public bodies, such as such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.
Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.