Board Member

Welcome from Jamie MacDougall - Deputy Director, Care, Support and Rights Division

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in the role of Member of the Board of Directors of Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland).

ILF Scotland is the organisation responsible for safeguarding the rights of some of the most severely disabled people to lead independent lives. With a budget of around £58 million, ILF Scotland is tasked by Scottish Ministers with making regular and accurate payments of Independent Living Fund (ILF) to over 3000 recipients in Scotland and Northern Ireland. These funds offer people the flexibility they may not otherwise have, to live in their own home, take up employment or education, or to socialise like other members of society.

Following the UK Government announcement to close the ILF, disabled people told us that their overwhelming preference was the continuation of a national ILF scheme for Scotland. ILF Scotland has been established to do just this, to deliver Scottish Ministers’ commitment to continue providing this vital support to existing users of the fund. ILF Scotland also opened a Transition Fund in December 2017 which provides money, for up to one year, to support young people living with disabilities (as defined in the Equality Act 2010) to improve their lives.

Scottish Ministers are committed to making appointments that reflect Scotland’s diverse population and bring to boards a range of relevant skills and life experience. Our Public Bodies have a valued role in the provision of advice to Scottish Ministers and in the delivery of our public services.

This is an exciting and challenging time, we need high calibre Board Members, (particularly we would welcome applications from people with lived experience of disability), to provide leadership for ILF Scotland to deliver these important services to disabled people and support our continued commitment to independent living. If you believe that you can contribute, then I strongly encourage you to apply.

If you wish to have further information about the roles, or if you have any questions please contact Catriona Mackie at Aspen People on or Caroline Martin (0131 244 3546 or in the Scottish Government sponsor team.

Thanks and good luck with your application.

Yours sincerely

Jamie MacDougall

Deputy Director, Care, Support and Rights Division (Scottish Government)

About Independent Living Fund Scotland

The UK Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed at the end of June 2015 and the funding for recipients was devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively. The Independent Living Fund Scotland is the organisation which now administers over £58m of funding for existing recipients, supporting them to lead independent lives.

The organisation has a staff team of 45 and currently provides award winning management services for over 3000 service users throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. This number will increase as the transition fund is accessed over the coming months. ILF Scotland is fully funded by the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Administration for the due care and stewardship of public funding.

It provides excellent and flexible customer service, facilitating recipients to continue to exercise choice and control and to use their funding in an outcomes-focused way to lead independent lives.

Further information on the organisation can be found below:

The Role – Board Member

Your role as Member of the Board of Directors is to oversee the effective governance and accountability of ILF Scotland, ensuring that the company carries out its objectives, as set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association, and follows the Grant in Aid conditions as set out in the contract with Scottish Ministers.

The Board will provide direction for the administration of ILF Scotland, to maintain packages of ILF support to existing ILF recipients in Scotland and Northern Ireland, who transferred on 1 July 2015 and the Transition Fund launched in 2017. You will oversee ILF Scotland to ensure disabled people are at the heart of the organisation and it provides a dedicated and personalised service to all stakeholders. You will also ensure that ILF Scotland operations are consistent with the ILF Awards Policies, it makes regular and accurate payments to ILF recipients transferred on 1 July 2015 and the Transition Fund Policies opened on 22nd December 2017.

The successful candidate will have matching values, the ability to develop effective working relationships and take into account a range of views and perspectives to reach conclusions. He / she will have knowledge of strategy and corporate governance as will as the ability to analyse and review complex issues, offering challenge to ensure good decision making.

Further details on the role, organisation and process can be found by downloading the Application Pack below (which also contains the Job Description and Person Specification):


To apply, please click here to upload your completed application form and equalities monitoring form (these forms can be downloaded above). We would be grateful if you could include the following information in your application:

  • Current / most recent role and organisation
  • Details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent)
  • Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on their application matching the detail provided in the Job Description. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements as well as why you are interested in the role.

Further information and guidance on the application process can be found within the two documents below:

Provided below are a note of the critical dates in the recruitment which will help you plan your diary:

22nd October

Closing date for applications

13th November

Date by which outcome of shortlist meeting will be relayed to applicants

29th November

Date of interviews 

17th December

Date by which applicants will be informed of Ministerial decision 

03rd January

Expected date of appointment (subject to Ministerial approval)