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Board Recruitment

Introduction from Ray McCowan, Chair of Borders College Regional Board 

Dear Applicant

Borders College Regional Board – Appointment of Non-Executive Members

Thank you for your interest in this appointment to Borders College Regional Board.

This microsite contains information outlining the role of a member of a Board Member at the College. We trust that the information demonstrates the value of the work that these roles will have in strengthening our College’s position as a leader in the college sector.

The College is one of 13 regional colleges in Scotland and is governed by a Regional Board. It is the only college in the Borders Region. The College is funded primarily by the Scottish Funding Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Successful applicants will quickly have the ability to contribute to a dynamic Board, dealing with a wide range of challenges and promoting the highest standards of governance. This will in turn assist the College’s mission to be a leading contributor to the economic and social development of the Scottish Borders and beyond through excellence in the provision of education, training and skills.

Details on the requirements for the role can be found in the Application Pack.

Please do note that induction, mentoring and development assistance is provided to allow those who may consider themselves to have little experience in this sector or indeed acting as a Board member to fulfill the role.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Ray McCowan

Chair of Borders College Regional Board

About Borders College

Borders College is the regional college for the Scottish Borders and offers a wide range of courses, from an introductory level through to advanced courses at Higher National level, including the full range of apprenticeships courses.

Borders College, as a beacon for excellence, is much in demand as a leader and proactive innovator, collaborating widely through engagement with a variety of stakeholders. As a progressive organisation, the college is part of a number of innovation and economic development projects, working alongside key partners, universities and an extensive network of employers.

Recent successes with significant sustainable impact include our new Sustainable STEM Hub in Hawick, developed in partnership with Scottish Power, a collaboration with Eyemouth Boatyard to provide Boatbuilding Apprenticeships and our Care Career Academy, developed in partnership with Scottish Borders Council.

The College has a strong track record of delivering high quality training opportunities that reflect local and national socio-economic priorities. Over the last few years, we have made a significant investment in technology to enable flexible and mobile learning and provide industry standard learning environments.

Strategic Ambition 2020-2025

The Strategic Ambition 2020-2025, developed following wide consultation, is supported by operational strategies and measurable performance targets. The Board commends the Strategic Ambition and endorses the aspirations of the leadership team to continue to build purposefully on solid, evidence-based foundations.


The Role

Board Members

Borders College has one of the best records for learner success in Scotland and makes an essential contribution to the Borders Region and beyond.  We are seeking new members to join our Regional Board to help ensure that we continue that success.

We are looking for individuals who share our commitment to providing the best possible learning experience, and who can represent the interests of the Borders economy and communities.

Candidates with a strong professional background and experience in:

  • Tourism
  • Economic development
  • The rural economy
  • Finance and Audit

are particularly sought, an interest in environment and sustainability or property would be an added bonus.   However, applications are also welcome from those with experience of the key sectors across the Borders economy as well as the broader needs of the education, public, private and third sectors in the Region.

In addition, the Board is especially keen to hear from a diverse range of people who are currently under represented on Boards of Scottish public bodies.

Some prior experience of governance is not essential but is desirable, training and mentoring is available and an induction programme is provided to new members.  Members are expected to serve on at least one of the Board’s committees as well as Board Meetings.

These roles are not remunerated.

Further information can be found within the 4322 Board Application Pack (which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page).


How to Apply

If you have any queries or would like a confidential discussion about the opportunity, please contact Donogh O’Brien or Kate Kennedy on 0141 212 7555.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given in their application against the Job Description and Person Specification. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements as well as why you are interested in the role. We would also be grateful if you could include the details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent).

Please note that your covering letter / supporting statement should be a maximum of 1,000 words. 

To apply, please click here to submit your CV and covering letter / supporting statement via the Aspen People website. Please then also email a completed Equal Opportunities Form (which can be downloaded below) to kbettoli@aspenpeople.co.uk

Document for download:

Please note that you will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours – if you do not receive this please contact Kelsey Bettoli on 0141 212 7555.

Recruitment Timetable

Interviews:   week commencing 25th April 2022 – TBC



Board Application Pack


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form