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.

Board

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

Terms of Reference and Standing Orders 

Board Terms of Reference

Board Standing Orders

Board Membership

  • Frank Mitchell (Chair)
  • Tracy Black
  • Donald Boyd
  • Beth Corcoran
  • Carol Evans
  • Nazim Hamid
  • Willie Mackie
  • Margaret McCaig
  • Christine Pollock
  • Helen Robertson
  • Grahame Smith
  • Tracy Trotter
  • Damien Yeates

2019/20 Schedule of Meetings

  • 2 May 2019
  • 22 May 2019 (Special)
  • 25 June 2019 (Special)
  • 15 August 2019
  • 21 November 2019
  • 20 February 2020

Audit and Risk Committee

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

  • Donald Boyd (Chair)
  • Beth Corcoran
  • Carol Evans
  • Tracy Trotter 

2019/20 Schedule of Meetings

  • 21 June 2019
  • 19 September 2019
  • 12 December 2019
  • 19 March 2020

Finance and Operational Performance Committee

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

  • Willie Mackie (Chair)
  • Carol Evans
  • Christine Pollock
  • Tracy Trotter 

2019/20 Schedule of Meetings

  • 9 July 2019 (Special)
  • 6 August 2019
  • 12 November 2019
  • 11 February 2020

Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

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)
  • Nazim Hamid
  • Margaret McCaig
  • Helen Robertson

2019/20 Schedule of Meetings

  • 6 June 2019
  • 5 September 2019
  • 4 February 2020

Service Development Committee

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
  • Margaret McCaig
  • Grahame Smith
  • Damien Yeates

2019/20 Schedule of Meetings

  • 18 April 2019
  • 16 July 2019
  • 17 October 2019
  • 23 January 2020