COSLA - Chief Executive

COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, is the representative voice of Scottish local government, lobbying on behalf of our members. As a membership organisation, one of our highest priorities is to maintain and enhance our relationship with member councils. Our major priorities include promoting the role of local government as a vital part of the government of Scotland and championing local services, local leadership and local accountability. COSLA also works directly with the Scottish Government and Parliament to influence public policy and practice, and to ensure that local government has the necessary resources to implement policy on behalf of its communities.

To find out more about COSLA, including relevant publications and committee reports, please visit

Chief Executive

Salary: £124,349

To meet the requirements of this role, you will already be moving at a high level in local government or public sector circles, combining your impressive leadership and communication skills with a strong track record in public policy development. You will be experienced in the lobbying process and you must have a clear understanding of the dynamics of funding local government. No doubt you are already energetic, enthusiastic and committed to public services in Scotland. However, if you are seeking a new challenge, plus a chance to move onwards and most definitely upwards, this outstanding opportunity will meet your ambition.

To carry on our work and to ensure that local government’s voice continues to be heard, we are looking for the highest calibre individual who is capable of building on the strong foundations developed by the retiring Chief Executive and COSLA’s current political leadership. The successful candidate will play the key leadership role within COSLA supported by the existing Senior Management Team and will provide the focus and drive necessary to ensure that we achieve our goals.

Further information on the role is available as follows:


If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact Ken Dalgleish or Donogh O’Brien at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

The current Chief Executive of COSLA, Rory Mair, would also be happy to speak with interested applicants and we would be delighted to arrange a call for you.

How to apply

We trust that you have found the information on this site both useful and informative.

To apply, please send an up to date CV and covering letter / supporting statement providing clear evidence of how your experience, skills and knowledge match the requirements within the job description and person specification, as well as why you are interested in the role, to Katy Gall by email – or by post to Aspen People Ltd, 5th Floor, 78 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5UB quoting reference G959.

We would also be grateful if you could include the following information:

  • Current salary / package.
  • Current notice period.
  • Details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent).

Please note that you will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours - if you do not receive this please contact Katy Gall on 0141 212 7555.

Recruitment Timeline

We have provided below a note of all the critical dates within this recruitment campaign which will hopefully help you plan your diary:

Closing date for applications: Monday 2nd November 2015
Shortlisting of applications will take place: w/c 9th November 2015
Final selection process: w/c 30th November 2015