Top job! Head of People

  • Full time
  • £49,420 – £61,617
  • Scotland, Central Belt (likely to be Falkirk)
  • Closing 25th October 2021

  • Advertised from 1st October 2021
  • + pension + holiday + flexible remote working


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. The national redress scheme will offer a non-adversarial alternative route to justice and access to support and apology.

To deliver this, the Scottish Government has supported 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 Head of People who will be a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT).

The Head of People is responsible for leading the people related functions of Redress Scotland. These include: internal communications; all aspects of human resources; learning, training and development; health and safety; and the wellbeing framework for employees and members.

The post holder will work with the Chief Executive on total quality management, applying the principles of a learning organisation and working to achieve continuous improvement across the organisation.

Redress Scotland is developing a holistic wellbeing framework, and the post holder will have responsibility for the design, development and delivery of this in practice.

The Head of People will actively contribute to the development of an organisational culture that is trauma informed, sensitive to the needs of survivors and how these can be met, and embeds flexible, agile and solution focussed approaches.

Main duties include:

  • Represent our people functions with confidence, well- honed skills and approachability, developing constructive relationships with employees, board and panel members, Scottish Government colleagues and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Responsible and accountable for the full range of human resources activities throughout the employee lifecycle including talent acquisition, onboarding, appraisal, performance management, employee relations and learning and development activities.
  • Develop and implement strategies and contribute to organisational quality management and continuous improvement, that includes member and employee wellbeing, internal communications and health and safety.
  • Create human resources policies, procedures and guidelines, embedding the organisational values of dignity, respect and compassion with an accompanying employee handbook.
  • Contribute to the leadership and the work of the senior management team, championing a culture where everybody is treated with respect, compassion and dignity.
  • Sourcing and management of external trainers and any relevant outsourced contracts, ensuring positive partnerships and high quality delivery.


Suitably experienced and holding a recognised qualification in human resources or other relevant discipline. Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development or related professional body. Experience in leading and managing human resources in an organisation.

Application notes

For more information about the recruitment process or to request information in a different format, please contact John Lavictoire, Director at Seymour John Public Services (

If you would like to review the job application pack and apply, please see below or visit our website and send your CV and accompanying letter of application by 12.00 noon on Monday 25th October 2021.

Any third-party applications will automatically be passed onto our Retained Executive Search Consultants at Seymour John Public Services.

Recruitment Timetable:

Psychometric Tests & Assessment Centre (Shortlisted candidates) –through video conferencing: Monday 15th November 2021

First Interviews: Wednesday 24th November 2021

Offers of employment: W/C 29th November 2021