Key police and fire posts advertised


The recruitment process is underway to find the first Chairs to lead the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

The new Chairs will ensure the new Police Service of Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service are efficient, effective and accountable, providing leadership and direction to vital public services during reform. 

Responsible for appointing more than 17,000 police constables and 7,000 support staff, the SPA will have a budget of around £1.4 billion per year. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will have a workforce of more than 9,000 firefighters and support staff, with accountability for a budget of around £300 million per year.

The SPA’s main functions are to hold the Chief Constable to account, to prepare a strategic police plan, to promote continuous improvement in policing and to ensure that there is appropriate provision of services to the police.

The SFRS board will be responsible for the governance, accountability and smooth running of the SFRS, holding the Chief Officer to account and ensuring the Fire and Rescue Framework for Scotland is implemented.

Both bodies consist of a Chair and between 10 and 14 members with a range of skills and experience from private, public and voluntary sectors.

Applications for the positions are being invited, ahead of the new services going live on April 1, 2013.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

“The first Chairs of the Scottish Police Authority and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will play a leading role in shaping police and fire and rescue services fit for a 21st Century Scotland.

“They will help transform two of Scotland’s most important public services, providing strong and effective leadership to deliver the key benefits of reform – protecting frontline services by reducing unnecessary duplication, ensuring more equal access to specialist support and national capacity and strengthening the connection between the services and communities they serve.

“By doing things differently across the eight police forces, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, the Scottish Police Services Authority and the eight fire and rescue services, reform will free up resources for frontline services and save £1.7 billion over 15 years.

“This is the latest step in reshaping our police and fire and rescue services, making a virtue out of the need to reform, and ensuring services are efficient and effective and ready for the start date of April 1, 2013.”

The appointment process will be carried out in accordance with the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland’s Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland.

The successful applicants are expected to take up post in September 2012. The SPA Chair has a remuneration rate of £450 per day. The SFRS Chair has a remuneration rate of £430 per day. This is likely to amount to £108,000 for the first year and £54,000 thereafter for the SPA Chair and £103,200 for the first year and £51,600 thereafter for the SFRS position.

The closing date for applications for both appointments is Sunday July 22, 2012.

Related information

Applications for Chairs of Scottish Police Authority and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service