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The scale of environmental challenge is enormous with a real urgency to act. You have an opportunity to join the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and shape the future of Scotland’s EPA, helping us to reach our climate ambitions and emerge stronger from the challenges of the global pandemic and cyber-crime. 

As a member of our Board you will make a difference for Scotland – our environment, our communities and our businesses – and join a future focused and progressive organisation. 

If successful, you will have the opportunity to share your existing experience and skills to progress SEPA’s work towards delivering One Planet Prosperity. You will also have the opportunity to meet businesses, understand more about SEPA’s regulation and get involved in areas that you are interested in through schemes like Board Buddies. 

We are committed to having a Board that represents the diversity of Scotland and our people, supporting inclusive growth and equality.  

Board information events

Serving on our Board is a positive way to help drive Scotland towards one planet living and is also a great opportunity to develop your own skills and expertise. We are encouraging applications from those who may never have considered a Board position before and from minority or under-represented communities.

Register for our online Board information event, hosted in collaboration with Changing the Chemistry, to find out more about the opportunity and how it could be right for you. The event is on Monday 28 June at 6pm. 

Applying for the role 

Applications opened on Monday 21 June and close on midnight Monday 26 July. An application pack is available from Public Appointments Scotland. 

Scottish Ministers will make up to two appointments, with appointments starting from 1 January 2022.   

We are looking for people with strategic analytical capabilities and experience, skills that could have been developed across a range of business and government sectors, within social enterprises or voluntary positions. Candidates will also have to demonstrate: 

  • longer term planning/seeing the bigger picture 
  • communication and influencing 
  • constructive and supportive challenge
  • analysis and decision making. 

Being a SEPA Board member

What does it involve?

You will provide strategic leadership and support our staff as they deliver One Planet Prosperity and flooding services, being an agent of transformational change. As a member of the Board, you will provide support to the Chair and contribute effectively to the setting and monitoring of SEPA’s corporate strategy. You will be able to take a strategic view and contribute to collective leadership, provide appropriate support and challenge to senior staff and have the ability to identify and use evidence and analysis to make well-informed decisions.

What time commitment am I expected to give?

Members of the Board will be expected to commit to between a minimum of 24 days and a maximum of 30 days per year.

Do I need to have experience or knowledge about the environment or science?

SEPA is about more than science and is looking to create a diverse board with different experiences. We are very keen that we have the most capable and diverse pool of candidates to consider - people who can add real value from all walks of life to SEPA's work.

Are there any specific skills or qualifications required?

We are seeking candidates with strategic analytical capability and/or environmental performance. Candidates will also have to demonstrate: 

  • longer term planning/seeing the bigger picture 

  • communication and influencing 

  • constructive and supportive challenge 

  • analysis and decision making. 

A full applicant pack will be available from Monday 21 June on the Public Appointments website

Are Board members paid?

The appointments are remunerated at the rate of £270.90 per day. Travel and subsistence allowances are payable, as described in SEPA’s published scheme for such claims, as are child and carer costs. The appointments are not pensionable.

How long are appointments for?

Appointments are four years with the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the skills and knowledge required at the time of reappointment and beyond. Any appointment and subsequent re-appointment will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years.


Who currently serves on SEPA’s Board?

You can find out about who currently serves on our Board on our Board members page.

Can I be a Board member if I am in full-time employment?

Yes. Some positions involve more time than others - from a day every month or two, to a few days every week. As such, some people manage to fit their duties around their full-time jobs (for example, within their holiday entitlement), while others have flexible working agreements with their employers. It is a good idea to discuss this with your employer as early as possible - even before you apply. Most employers are supportive in this case, as you will gain useful experience and skills if you are appointed, but it is best to check with your employer.

What is SEPA's approach to diversity and inclusion?

We are committed to diversity and equality, and value very highly the benefits of having different points of view and experiences on our Board. Accordingly, we hope to receive applications from a wide range of talented people irrespective of their religion or belief, sex, age, gender reassignment, disability, sexual orientation, race, political belief, relationship status or caring responsibilities.

We value very highly the benefits of having different experience and points of view on our Board. We would particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

If I have applied previously, can I apply again?

Yes, each application is treated as a fresh application and the selection panel membership changes. You cannot apply if you have already served eight years on the SEPA Board.

Where can I find out more about the SEPA Board and its work?

You can find out more about our Board on our Board webpages.

Where can I find out more about SEPA and its work?

Further information about our work and corporate priorities can be found in: