BBC Member for Scotland vacancy

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BBC Member for Scotland

Role specification

The Nation Member for Scotland will be expected to:

  •  Support the Mission and Public Purposes of the BBC, which is to act in the public interest, serving all audiences and all sections of the population through the provision of impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain;
  •  Support the Chair and the Chief Executive (Director General) to deliver the BBC’s strategic and business plans and effectively discharge its statutory and Charter responsibilities in line with corporate governance best practice;
  •  Provide leadership ensuring the BBC is up to the challenge of keeping pace with enormous technological changes, and promoting the BBC’s status as a globally-recognised British institution; and
  •  Be a senior representative and ambassador of the BBC to its various stakeholders, including the United Kingdom Government and Parliament and the Devolved National Government of Scotland.

Essential skills and experience

Prospective candidates for the role need to be able to demonstrate a commitment to the independence, mission and public purposes of the BBC, as well as demonstrating that they meet a majority of the following criteria to a high degree:

  • Experience working at a high level of public or commercial life in the UK with experience of senior leadership roles or board roles or equivalent;
  • An understanding of the key challenges and opportunities facing the media and broadcasters market and/or the creative industries in the UK, and globally;
  • A proven ability to think through complex issues strategically, independently and imaginatively;
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills, and the ability to represent the BBC to a wide range of stakeholder groups, including audiences, parliamentarians and the media; and,
  • Ability to challenge and vigorously scrutinise in the public interest, the operation of the BBC, including delivery of impartiality and global reach.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of financial management and a good understanding of audit, governance, risk management and control.

Scotland Board Member

In addition to the essential and desirable skills and experience listed above, applicants for the role of Scotland Board member must be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • A strong knowledge of the culture, characteristics and affairs of the people, and broadcasting issues, in Scotland; and
  • An understanding of views of audiences and public opinion in Scotland.

The Nations member for Scotland will be required to Chair the Scotland Committee. The remit of the Committee is to require that the BBC provides output and services that meet the needs of Scotland and that the BBC fulfils its public purpose in relation to the Nations and Regions of the United Kingdom.  It meets at least three times a year.

In order for the Member for Scotland to carry out their role effectively and be closer to the distinct interests of Scottish audiences, it is desirable that the BBC Member for Scotland is based in and/or spends a significant amount of time in Scotland.

How to Apply

To apply, please read the full job description here and then send the following four documents:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards;
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of the role specification;
  • The Conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Monitoring Form. The Diversity Form will not be seen by the selection panel in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

Completed applications should be sent to:, please put ‘BBC Member for Scotland’ in the title of your email. Please also contact this email address in the event there are any queries about your application, or the application process.