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Board members / Buill a’ Bhùird

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint two new members to the Board of HIE.

The Chair and current members describe the role of the Board.

Board members / Buill a’ Bhùird

2 vacancies / 2 BEÀRNAN

Scottish Ministers are looking to fill two non-executive director positions on the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The new appointees are expected to start three-year terms in April 2024.

Responsible for setting strategic direction, key decision making and effective governance, the 12-member Board encompasses a range of skills, knowledge and experience that reflect the diversity of the region and the breadth of HIE’s remit.

All candidates will be expected to have a very close affinity with the Highlands and Islands and a strong awareness of opportunities and challenges facing businesses and communities across the region.

Watch our short video, where Chair of HIE Alistair Dodds CBE and board members Anna Salgado and Freda Newton offer their insights into the role of the Board and its members. 

You can also join our online event with Changing the Chemistry on Wednesday 24 January. Register with Eventbrite to secure your free place and an event recording.


The role / AN DREUCHD

Scottish Ministers aim to appoint two candidates who have a very close affinity with, and understanding of issues impacting on the Highlands and Islands and  opportunities to support economic and community development across the region.

One of the two appointees must live, work, study or invest in the Highlands and Islands and there is a strong preference that the second candidate does so too, although it is not a specific requirement for that role. Full details are in the applicant information pack.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate evidence of at least one of the priority criteria:

  • knowledge of, and experience in, areas of natural capital
  • knowledge of, and experience in, energy
  • knowledge of, and experience in, property

Applicants are also expected to demonstrate evidence of all of the following:

  • knowledge and understanding of the economic, cultural and fiscal issues impacting on the Highlands and Islands
  • knowledge and experience of strategy and long-term planning
  • communicating, influencing, collaborating and working in partnership
  • analysing and scrutinising performance and delivery

The following criteria are desirable:

  • knowledge of the wider context in which HIE operates
  • net zero/green recovery
  • fair work
  • Gaelic
  • understanding of the housing agenda in the context of economic growth
  • ensuring the benefits of place-based, inclusive growth across the entire region.

The Scottish Government is operating a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants.

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HIE is the economic and community development agency for an area covering more than half of Scotland’s land mass, stretching from Shetland in the north to the southern tip of Argyll and Arran, and including all of the country’s 94 inhabited islands.

In line with the Scottish Government’s priorities, HIE has a clear vision for sustainable and inclusive economic growth in every part of the Highlands and Islands. Our current priorities and planned activities can be found in our Operating Plan and the Board will be reviewing its three year strategy to align with the National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET) and maximise the national impact of regional strengths such as the potential to grow our green and blue economies.

Many of the economic challenges that are being felt across the whole country at present are particularly acute in rural areas such as the Highlands and islands – not least the impacts of Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the rising cost of living. In addition, essential services such as housing, transport and digital connectivity need to be accessible, affordable and reliable, particularly in our most rural and fragile communities.

HIE is playing a vital role in addressing all these issues, often in collaboration with government, local authorities and other agencies, including partnerships such as the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board and the Convention of the Highlands and Islands.

A key theme is the pursuit of place-based opportunities – recognising the role that natural and built capital and cultural assets such as Gaelic can play in growing and sustaining a strong region that contributes fully to the success of Scotland.

Mareel, Shetland


An application pack and full details on this and other public appointments can be downloaded at

If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the appointments process or further support with your application, please contact the Scottish Government, Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or email

The deadline to submit completed application forms is 5.00pm on Friday 2 February 2024.


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