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Non-Executive Directors

About the role

Circularity Scotland Ltd (CSL) is scheme administrator for the Scottish Government’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), designed to encourage the maximum possible (90%+) recycling of single-use drinks containers in the country as part of its commitment to the circular economy.

It is a company limited by guarantee and its members comprise relevant trade associations and the country’s largest drinks producers and retailers. It is also regulated by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and will require to manage multiple and complex stakeholder relationships.

CSL will be commercially run and achieve its goals in a sustainable and very efficient manner, employing a highly skilled team, using leading edge technology and working alongside world class logistics and IT partners. Working with organisations throughout the supply chain including producers, wholesalers, importers, retailers and the hospitality sector, in a steady state it will have a turnover in excess of £600m.

Its simple mission is to help make Scotland a cleaner, greener place by capturing valuable resources and preventing them from being turned into waste.

CSL’s stated ambition is also to become the Deposit Management Organisation for the equivalent scheme which is to be implemented in England & Wales, thereby ensuring a seamless DRS scheme right across mainland Britain and in so doing delivering increased and significant efficiencies through economies of scale.

A Board will be appointed comprised of a Chair and Independent Directors (one of whom will be the SID) drawn from defined backgrounds, in addition to a CEO and CFO.

Four Independent Directors (remunerated Non-Executive positions) are therefore sought with exceptional board leadership skills and a proven track record of building commercial businesses and supporting management in driving long-term, sustainable growth. This comes at a crucial time for DRS as it approaches a rapid scale-up involving complex operations, financial control and governance and broad private and public sector stakeholder management.

Candidates will therefore have the personal credibility and professional abilities to effectively discharge the responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director and represent DRS at the highest levels, including:

  • A record of exceptional commercial business leadership at Board level and/or a record of achievement as a Non-Executive Director.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and experience of managing complex senior stakeholder relationships.
  • The ability to think strategically, set clear direction, communicate effectively and command the confidence of a range of audiences.
  • Experience of supporting significant organisational scale-up, transformation and culture change.
  • An understanding of either the key industries (below) or public sector context and the values of public service and purpose led organisations.

The Board will require a range of experience and a diverse mix of skills and backgrounds and as a result we are looking to speak to those with expertise encompassing:

  • logistics, supply chain and operations
  • commercial
  • finance & IT
  • environment and government
  • start-ups of considerable scale

Candidates will also vary in sector and industry experience and of specific interest (although not exclusively) are brewing, spirits, soft drinks, wholesale and retail, hospitality, government/public sector and high growth scale-ups, agnostic of industry.

In addition to the core Non-Executive requirements appointments for Committee Chairs of Audit and Remuneration will also be made. It is envisaged that there will be a time commitment required of between 2-3 days per month and a contract encompassing a three year term.

For further information please contact Willie Finlayson ( or Michael Dickson ( To apply please send your CV to