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The Highland Council

The Role – Depute Chief Executive



The Highlands of Scotland is renowned for its beauty, hospitality and lifestyle. The Highland economy is centred around tourism, life sciences, renewable energy and aquaculture. The Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal is delivering £315m of investment through Scottish and UK Governments, the Council and regional partners. This 10 year programme aims to deliver a step change in transport, innovation, digital connectivity, housing, skills, infrastructure, life sciences and tourism. There’s something different and special about life in the north of Scotland. Whether it’s down to the diversity of the geography, an area rich in outdoor opportunities; the vibrant culture; or the friendly welcome, the Highlands offers a unique lifestyle.

The Highland Council provides a wide range of services with a revenue budget of £640m (2021-22). We are now looking to build upon our successes and our ‘Ambitious Highland – Health and Prosperity Strategy for Highland’ provides focus for our immediate, medium and long term performance. Together with the Chief Executive, and with the support of the Executive Chief Officers, the Depute Chief Executive will be instrumental in further developing resilience, continued growth and sustainability.

We are seeking an outstanding leader with proven experience of delivering organisational vision and strategy. Experience and understanding of operational complexity, change management and people leadership is required and you will have exceptional communication and ambassadorial skills in order to deputise for the Chief Executive and lead the Recovery, Improvement and Transformation Programme. Working as part of the Executive Leadership Team you will be dynamic and ambitious for positive change and you will be committed to partnership working and inclusivity.

If you relish challenge and working at a very fast pace, while connecting with people at every opportunity across a vast and beautiful area in the north of Scotland, then this is the perfect role for you.

More information can be found within the Job Pack (which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page).


How to Apply

For a confidential discussion please contact Catriona Mackie or Donogh O’Brien on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please download and complete an application form – this can be downloaded at the bottom of this page (along with Guidance Notes).

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given in their application against the job description and person specification. 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.

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 be contacted in advance of final interview)

Once completed, please follow the link below to upload your application form:

  • Depute Chief Executive – CLICK HERE – to upload

Please note that you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your application – if you do not receive this please contact Kelsey Bettoli at Aspen on 0141 212 7555.


Recruitment Timetable

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

Depute Chief Executive

Closing date for applications:Midnight on Friday 11th February 2022
Initial interviews:Thursday 17th March 2022
Final panel interviews:Thursday 31st March 2022



Job Pack - Depute Chief Executive


Application Form


Application Guidance Notes