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People Director

62 – 70,000 inclusive of Directors Allowances
This position is now closed to applications.



Historic Environment Scotland is Scotland’s national heritage agency, a charity dedicated to protecting Scotland’s places and sustaining the historic environment and its benefits for future generations. They are at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment, and addressing the impact of climate change on its future. They investigate and record architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland, look after internationally significant collections and archives and protect our places and promote sustainable development through designation, consents and their role as part of the planning system.

Over 300 properties of national importance are in their care, over 70 of which they operate commercially including some which are amongst Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Skara Brae, Urquhart Castle and Melrose Abbey.

They have a People Strategy, which is an overarching strategy to ensure they support and develop staff within the organisation. Their new Corporate Plan, Heritage for All, launched in April 2019, sets out an ambitious and innovative direction for the organisation.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the successful postholder will be a key member of the HES Senior Management Team, working closely with senior leadership colleagues across the organisation to lead the organisation to achieve its strategic vision. This role will develop and implement the HES People Strategy, ensuring their people are strategically aligned to their business agenda which enables a long term sustainable organisation and delivery of an ambitious corporate plan. 

You will provide leadership to the directorate, ensuring its active engagement with the delivery of HES corporate objectives.  You will bring strong leadership and communications skills; fresh thinking and a strong customer and business improvement focus to HES.   You will be tenacious and resilient, required to demonstrate exemplary personal judgement, initiative and collaborative skills.

Degree qualified or with senior director level experience of Human Resources, you will have an excellent track record of setting and delivering a People Strategy as well as experience of transformative change programmes, driving organisational capabilities and industrial and employee relations. You will have an excellent understanding of the key people and policy issues impacting upon an organisation including resourcing, learning, wellbeing and engagement.

Further information on the role and the work of HES can be found at

For a confidential discussion about the opportunity please contact Debbie Shields or Donogh O’Brien at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please complete the short form below and upload your CV and supporting statement. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact Kelsey Sinclair on 0141 212 7555.