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
  • Beth Corcoran
  • Dr Mark Dames
  • Carol Evans
  • Nazim Hamid
  • Professor David Hillier
  • Willie Mackie
  • Dr Poonam Malik
  • Margaret McCaig
  • Christine Pollock CBE
  • Eileen Russell
  • Grahame Smith
  • Paul Taylor
  • Tracy Trotter
  • Damien Yeates

2021/22 Schedule of Meetings

  • 17 February 2022

2022/23 Schedule of Meetings

  • 6 June 2022
  • 1 September 2022
  • 17 November 2022
  • 16 February 2023

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

  • Margaret McCaig (Chair)
  • David Hillier
  • Poonam Malik
  • Tracy Trotter

2021/22 Schedule of Meetings

  • 17 March 2022

2022/23 Schedule of Meetings

  • 30 June 2022
  • 22 September 2022
  • 8 December 2022
  • 9 March 2023

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
  • Eileen Russell
  • Tracy Trotter

2021/22 Schedule of Meetings

  • 13 January 2022 (Special)
  • 20 January 2022 (Special)
  • 8 February 2022
  • 11 March 2022 (Special Plus ARC)

2022/23 Schedule of Meetings

  • 13 April 2022 (Special)
  • 10 May 2022
  • 23 August 2022
  • 8 November 2022
  • 7 February 2023

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)
  • Mark Dames
  • Nazim Hamid
  • Vacancy

2021/22 Schedule of Meetings

  • 19 January 2022 (Special)

  • 3 February 2022

2022/23 Schedule of Meetings

  • 9 June 2022
  • 13 October 2022
  • 2 February 2023

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
  • Grahame Smith
  • Paul Taylor

2021/22 Schedule of Meetings

  • 20 January 2022

2022/23 Schedule of Meetings

  • 21 April 2022
  • 21 July 2022
  • 6 October 2022
  • 26 January 2023