Public appointment: Chair appointed to the Board of Scottish Futures Trust

Public appointments news release

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance today announced the appointment of Joe Philipsz as Chair of the Board of Scottish Futures Trust.


Joe Philipsz grew up in Fife where he attended high school in Dunfermline before reading Jurisprudence at Oriel College, Oxford. He joined the Scottish Merchant Bank, Noble & Company, in Edinburgh in 1991 where he was involved in many infrastructure investments in Scotland and the UK more broadly. After his time at Noble & Company, he went on to lead major infrastructure equity investments in the UK and Europe.


This appointment will be for 4 years and will run from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2028.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £546 per day for a time commitment of up to 36 days per annum.

Other ministerial appointments

Joe does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Joe has had no political activity within the last five years.


Scottish Futures Trust was established in 2008 to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure investment in Scotland by working collaboratively with public bodies & industry, challenging conventional processes and devising pioneering, commercially attractive programmes which lead to better value-for-money and ultimately improved public services. Scottish Futures Trusts’ impact ranges from developing future digital options to affordable housing.

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