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Welcome to our dedicated application site for the Chief Executive of South of Scotland Enterprise.  Here you will find useful information on the background to South of Scotland Enterprise along with details of the role and how to apply.

Welcome letter from the Chair Designate of South of Scotland

Appointment of the Chief Executive of South of Scotland Enterprise

Thank you for your interest in the above position.

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the inclusive growth and economic success of the South of Scotland. Recognising the unique circumstances of the South, we are establishing a new enterprise agency for the area bringing a fresh and tailored approach to economic development.  As the first Chief Executive of the new agency, this is an exciting, once in a generation opportunity, to shape the future of the South.

We are clear in our ambitions for South of Scotland Enterprise.  We want the agency to drive transformational inclusive growth, increase competitiveness and tackle inequality.  The agency will support a diverse and resilient economy, sustain and support communities and harness the people and resources of the South.  While the challenges of the South are well known – a predominantly rural economy, with issues around connectivity, an ageing population and low wages - there are also significant opportunities to be pursued.

Of course, the agency cannot do this alone and as Chief Executive you will need to develop strong relationships across the public and private sector to align efforts behind a clear strategy.  Active and dynamic leadership of the organisation will be vital, developing a culture of success.

Nor can the new agency operate in geographic isolation and it is essential South of Scotland Enterprise plays an integrated role into the national support landscape.  It will play a key role in delivering Scotland’s Economic Strategy and be a partner in the Strategic Board.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Russel Griggs OBE