Post: Non-Executive Adviser

Business area: Chief Executives Office

Location: Edinburgh

Remuneration: £250 daily rate plus expenses with an estimated commitment of up to 20 days per year. 

The appointment will initially be for 4 years, with the possibility of further re-appointment for an additional period (with a maximum tenure of 6 years).

About the role

We're seeking a Non-Executive Adviser with a passion for forests and woodlands to advise, support and challenge our decision making.

You don’t need to be a forester - what you do need is an interest in the crucial role trees have to play in tackling climate change and nature loss, supporting the economy and the people of Scotland’s wellbeing. 

If you want to make a difference and can commit up to 20 days per year to provide advice on public engagement, organisational transformation, governance and accountability please do get in touch. 

We strongly believe in an inclusive and supportive work culture. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of background, and are particularly keen to encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in our agency at a senior level; women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

About us

We're an agency of the Scottish Government with responsibility for forestry policy, regulation, grants incentives and technical forestry advice. We also aim to enhance the social and environmental benefits from forestry for the people of Scotland.

We're an ambitious agency with an active programme of expansion and innovation looking for someone to help us maximise our impact in Scotland.

Our values

 Values and behaviours: professionalism, respect, honesty and integrity, teamwork and collaboration, innovation and creativity

What you'll do

As a member of our Strategic Advisory Group you'll provide support and advice to the Chief Executive and the Senior Executive Team in the delivery of the strategic direction and outcomes desired by Ministers. In addition, you'll support the Chief Executive in the discharge of their corporate responsibilities as Accountable Officer – particularly with regard to financial management, risk management and delivery of Best Value. 

As a Non-Executive Adviser you'll provide advice, support, challenge and insight to support the Chief Executive and the Senior Executive Team. 

You'll bring to bear your particular expertise or experience to focus on strategic finance, risk, service delivery, organisation growth, transformation and leadership matters. You'll also contribute your expertise by serving on or chairing the Audit and Assurance Committee.

Main duties 

You'll work with our existing two Non-Executive Advisers to:  

  • understand our operating environment - you should maintain a good understanding of our aims and objectives and the strategic context within which we operate. To support this, a number of meetings may be associated with relevant field visits or stakeholder engagement events
  • representation - you may occasionally be asked to represent us, whether on behalf of Ministers or the Chief Executive. Should this occur, we'll provide appropriate guidance, briefing and support
  • professional expertise - participate in a formal induction process to Scottish Forestry at the beginning of your appointment. You'll be expected to participate in training and development opportunities as recommended by the Scottish Government. This will involve participation in training activities on board member skills and development, as necessary.

It's recommended that you review our Corporate Plan, Business Plan and Scotland’s Forestry Strategy.

Further information about Forestry in Scotland can be found at these links:

For more information about the Scottish Government and a guide to being a Non-Executive member, please follow these links:

Success profile

Below are details of the Success Profile applicable to this role. You'll be expected to provide evidence to show how you meet the criteria at application and/or interview stage.


  1. Lead criteria: seeing the big picture 
  2. Changing and improving 
  3. Communicating and influencing



  • An ability to provide strategic insight during significant organisational transformation.
  • An understanding of governance and accountability in the management of organisations.


  • A broad understanding of the current Scottish Government’s land use/forestry policy context.
  • Financial acumen, founded in an understanding of public sector financial and risk management.
  • Experience of successful leadership of significant organisational transformation and/or business improvement processes.
  • Experience of the management of a regulatory body.

Conflicts and confidentiality

Non-Executive members are appointed on the basis of trust, a key component of which is to ensure that any conflicts of interest that may arise are dealt with in line with the Scottish Government’s Code of Conduct. All material provided to non-executive members should be treated as sensitive, and therefore not disclosed to third parties.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this opportunity please do so via the Scottish Forestry iTrent recruitment portal, submitting your CV and cover letter. Your application must be submitted by 11.55pm on Wednesday 15 December.

To find the role in iTrent please search for 'Non-Executive Adviser'.

Our CEO, David Signorini, will be delighted to have a discussion about this role; however, this should not be used as an opportunity to canvass for the position.

If you wish an informal discussion about this post please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note, we're currently unable to sponsor individuals to work in the UK. Therefore, it's essential that you ensure you've the right to work in the UK before applying to work with us. You're also be required to meet the nationality requirements to work for the Civil Service.

Disability Confident Scheme

Applicants claiming a guaranteed interview will be invited for further assessment should they meet the minimum essential criteria.

Closing date

Applications are accepted until 11.55pm on Wednesday 15 December.

If you've any queries relating the recruitment process or require any adjustments for the application process, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Recruitment process

Recruitment at Scottish Forestry is administered by Forestry and Land Scotland. If you believe that the Civil Service Recruitment Principles have been breached you can submit a complaint to the Head of People and OD of Forestry and Land Scotland.  

They'll assess compliance with the Recruitment Principles but will not review the decision(s) of the selection board. 

If you're unsatisfied with the response from the Head of People and Organisational Development, you may submit an appeal to the Civil Service Commission, as set out in the complaint outcome letter from the Head of People and Organisational Development.