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Independent Non-Executive Director

About the role

The Scottish Football Association exists to inspire the nation and transform lives through the power of football.

For 150 years the Association has overseen our national game at all levels, from the men's and women's international teams to the development of football at grassroots level, as well as the organisation of one of the oldest knockout competitions in the world, the men's Scottish Cup, to one of the newest, the Women's Scottish Cup.

It owns and operates Hampden Park, oversees the implementation of VAR and Referee Operations, and supports members and affiliated associations across the country.

The Power of Football is the ambitious five-year strategic plan created to enhance the game's impact at all levels – including elite performance, girls' and women's football, participation, coach education, infrastructure development, and equality and diversity.

To help drive the organisation forward, the Scottish FA is seeking to appoint an Independent Non-Executive Director to support its existing board members and the executive leadership team.

The Opportunity & Role

The individual will provide independent strategic direction, extensive business and leadership experience, and promote the highest standards of corporate governance.

In particular, the INED will be responsible for:-

  • Driving ongoing improvements in governance and member engagement across both the professional and non-professional game
  • Chairing the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board, and providing strategic direction and input to ensure this Board is at the forefront of what we do by continuing to ensure an accessible, fair and inclusive environment for all, challenging norms and breaking down barriers to entry
  • Chairing of the Remuneration Committee and engagement with members to ensure the organisation operates fairly, and employs fair and competitive remuneration policies
  • Providing input and support to explore routes for funding to facilitate investment in grass-roots facilities and infrastructure across the nation
  • Engagement with the Scottish and UK governments to promote our national game and its accessibility for all, as well as support in managing appropriate public affairs with governing bodies including UEFA and FIFA


Experience Required

We are seeking to appoint an individual with significant experience of serving on Boards either in an Executive or Non-Executive capacity with strong governance, commercial or broader growth/development experience within a relevant industry.

We will consider candidates from a variety of business sectors but would expect candidates to possess most of the following:

  • An interest in the development of our national game across all demographics including all ages, genders and abilities, with the ability and desire to drive an inclusive culture
  • The ability to constructively challenge and evidence of a growth mindset
  • A strong personal value set with the ability to act with integrity and honesty in all areas
  • A track record of Executive or Non-Executive organisational development
  • Strong ability to influence a range of stakeholders internally and externally, preferably with some experience of engaging with both Government and regulatory bodies
  • An engaging and personable style of communication with the ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • A strong corporate network across Scotland
  • Experience of driving Governance improvement and compliance within a highly regulated environment

The Scottish FA is committed to supporting inclusion and diversity, and everyone is welcomed and supported at all stages of their journey with us. Applications are encouraged from candidates from groups currently under-represented on company boards including age, disability, gender, race/ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

To view the candidate brochure, please click here.

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Jamie Brown at FWB Park Brown on:

Or alternatively, you can contact our Edinburgh office by phone on +44 131 539 7087.