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Welcome from the Convener of the RMA Board

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Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive of the Risk Management Authority. The position will become vacant in September 2019 due to the retirement of the current postholder, Yvonne Gailey.

The RMA has been in existence since 2005 and has a unique role within the statutory structures of the Criminal Justice system in Scotland.

The RMA’s overarching purpose is to promote effective assessment and management of the risk posed to the public by serious violent and sexual offending. In addition to our powers to commission and undertake research, set standards for practice and deliver training, the RMA has statutory duties relating to offenders who are subject to an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR). A significant part of our work involves the approval of risk management plans for those subject to an OLR, and monitoring the implementation of those plans. We have a regulatory role in relation to the accreditation of the highly qualified risk assessors who prepare reports for the guidance of the judiciary in cases where an OLR is being considered. In addition, we have a statutory responsibility to provide advice to Scottish ministers in relation to the management of risk.

As we look to appoint a new Chief Executive to lead the next phase of the organisation’s development, we are seeking an outstanding candidate who can provide leadership and direction to a group of 20 staff, manage a budget of over £1 million, and assist the organisation to improve its approach to the management of the risk posed by those with a history of serious violent and sexual offending.

The RMA works extensively with other public bodies including the Scottish Government, the Scottish Prison Service, local authorities and the State Hospital; and our Chief Executive needs to be able to work effectively with the wide range of professional groups who contribute to the assessment and management of risk. The role requires both highly developed strategic and managerial skills and outstanding professional judgement.

We have put together a package of information which we hope will stimulate your interest and encourage you to apply for the role.

Thank you for considering the role and good luck to those who choose to make an application.

Best wishes,

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About the Risk Management Authority

The Risk Management Authority (RMA) is a Non Departmental Public Body established in 2005 by the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003; and sponsored by the Scottish Government Community Justice Division.

Our purpose is to make Scotland safer by setting the standard for risk practice to reduce reoffending and the harm that it causes.

This involves working with partners to promote good practice and enhance risk assessment and risk management throughout Scotland.

The Role

The Chief Executive will successfully lead the RMA operations in order to effectively discharge its statutory obligations to help to protect the public and make Scotland a safer place to live and work. They will influence senior stakeholders across the Scottish Criminal Justice system to improve current practice in the management of serious violent and sexual offending through establishing and operating effective standards, accreditation, approval and governance approaches. They will also lead the RMA in researching, shaping and proposing Scottish wide policy relating to best practice approaches to risk assessment and management of serious violent and sexual offending.

The successful applicant must be credible across a range of senior organisational and government stakeholders and will have a significant background in the complex issues associated with public protection and managing risk in a multi-agency landscape. They will operate at a senior level in the Scottish policy landscape; leading initiatives that involve research, developing and influencing change, and the promotion of best practice in the management of violent and sexual offenders to assure public safety. Sound experience of leading such initiatives and collaborating with others around the development and implementation of national policy is essential.

The appointed candidate will be a subject matter expert within the Scottish Criminal Justice System on the effective risk assessment and management of serious sexual and violent offending. This level of authoritative expertise will have been gained through sustained career success in the criminal justice social work/forensic psychology/criminal or human rights law / academic system. They must also have senior level managerial and organisational experience, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and have a successful track record in leading internal and external strategy and governance processes.

A full job description and person specification can be found by clicking here.

Please visit the RMA website for further information: www.rma.scot

Background information about RMA can also be found in the documents below:


For a confidential discussion about the position please contact Amy Gordon or Ken Dalgleish at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

For any process queries please contact Sarah Maguire on 0141 212 7555.

How to Apply

Please provide the following:

To submit your application please click here .

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details they provide 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.

Please note that you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of your application - if you do not receive this please contact Sarah Maguire on 0141 212 7555. We have provided below a note of the critical dates within this recruitment campaign which will help you plan your diary:

Key Dates in the Process

Closing date for applications:

Monday 20th May 2019

First Stage Interview with Aspen People

w/c 3rd June 2019

Final Panel Interview

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June 2019