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Board and Committees

Role of the Board

The four main functions of the Board are: to ensure that the body delivers its functions in accordance with Ministers’ policies and priorities; to provide strategic leadership; to ensure financial stewardship; and to hold the Chief Executive and senior management team to account.

In line with good governance, certain responsibilities are delegated to Board Committees to assist the Board in carrying out its functions.

Learn more about our Board and Committees below

The purpose of the Skills Development Scotland Board is to oversee the organisation’s implementation of government policy.

Board Terms of Reference and Board Standing Orders

Board Membership

Frank Mitchell (Chair)  Graham Hutcheon

Tracy Black                 Dr Poonam Malik

Beth Corcoran             Margaret McCaig

Shelia Cowan              Christine Pollock CBE

Dr Mark Dames           David Rankin

Victoria Erasmus          Carol Evans  

Paul Taylor                  Nazim Hamid               

Professor David Hillier

Damien Yeates

2024/25 Schedule of Meetings

  • 22 May 2024
  • 21 August 2024
  • 20 November 2024
  • 19 February 2025

The purpose of the Audit and Risk Committee is to ensure that:

  • Internal and external audit arrangements are planned and a well-defined programme of work is in place setting out these arrangements

  • Systems are in place to ensure compliance with all legal obligations and regulatory requirements and that appropriate follow up action in respect of non-compliance or fraud

  • Systems of internal control and arrangements for the management of business risk are robust.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference clearly states the committee's purpose and responsibilities.

Audit and Risk Committee Terms of Reference

Committee membership

  • Margaret McCaig (Chair)

  • Sheila Cowan

  • Poonam Malik

  • David Rankin

2024/25 Schedule of Meetings

  • 20 June 2024
  • 19 September 2024
  • 12 December 2024
  • 13 March 2025

 

The purpose of the Finance and Operational Performance Committee is to ensure efficient and effective financial management and operational performance for Skills Development Scotland for the delivery of Scottish Government targets, and to fulfill SDS's strategic and operational goals.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference clearly states the committee's purpose and responsibilities.

Finance and Operational Performance Committee Terms of Reference

Committee membership

  • David Hillier (Chair)

  • Sheila Cowan

  • Carol Evans

  • David Rankin

2024/25 Schedule of Meetings

  • 21 May 2024
  • 8 August 2024
  • 12 November 2024
  • 11 February 2025

The purpose of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee is to provide detailed scrutiny of SDS remuneration matters including senior management team remuneration, company-wide pay increases and policy, pensions arrangements and other human resources (HR) matters.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference clearly states the committee's purpose and responsibilities.

Remuneration and Human Resources Committee Terms of Reference

Committee membership

  • Beth Corcoran (Chair)

  • Mark Dames

  • Victoria Erasmus

  • Nazim Hamid

2024/25 Schedule of Meetings
  • 1 August 2024
  • 10 October 2024
  • 6 February 2025

The purpose of the Service Development Committee is to oversee on behalf of the Board a forward-looking programme of service design, development and improvement in respect of SDS' key strategic services.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference clearly states the committee's purpose and responsibilities.

Service Development Committee Terms of Reference

Committee membership

  • Christine Pollock (Chair)

  • Tracy Black

  • Graham Hutcheon

  • Paul Taylor

2024/25 Schedule of Meetings
  • 25 April 2024
  • 25 July 2024
  • 31 October 2024
  • 23 January 2025