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South of Scotland Enterprise seeks two new Board members

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) has announced today that Scottish Ministers are seeking to appoint two new members to its Board.

The region’s economic and community development agency is looking for applicants who can demonstrate evidence of experience in either:

  • Land management, including farming/agriculture and/or forestry
  • Skills sector

The main duties of SOSE Board members are to provide leadership, governance, direction, support and guidance.

In addition, Board members are expected to ensure that SOSE delivers its functions effectively and efficiently and in accordance with the aims, policies and priorities of Scottish Ministers.

Applicants should also demonstrate evidence of an understanding of:

  • Current and future challenges and opportunities facing SOSE
  • Communication and influencing
  • Working co-operatively
  • Collaboratively and flexibly with colleagues
  • Innovation and creative problem solving.

Successful applicants will be fully supported, given access to training, and will work alongside the existing Board members to help SOSE progress with delivering its ongoing mission to make the day to day lives of local people better.

The appointments of the new Board members will be officially take affect in March 2024, and will replace Professor Sara Carter and Lindsay McDowall who are coming to the end of their terms on the SOSE Board.

Anyone seeking more information or wishing to apply can visit here 

If you have any questions, contact Susan Cannon, SOSE’s Corporate Governance Lead, on 01750 535917 or email

Professor Russel Griggs, SOSE Chair, said:

“Our Board members are very much part of the team at South of Scotland Enterprise, which operates as an SME in terms of our size and in the way we work.

“The benefits of having those different experiences and points of view on our Board is critical and we are keen that people from all walks of life apply for these vacancies.

“In this appointment round, we are keen to add people with experience in land management - especially agriculture - and the skills sector.

“Being a Board member at SOSE is a really exciting opportunity and offers something really different, in terms of the breadth and depth of what we do for everyone in the South of Scotland.

“You will be asked to make and be involved in making bold decisions and will play a vital role in the governance and strategic direction of not only SOSE, but now also the South of Scotland as a whole.

“This is your chance to make real change and help inspire the region to unlock the great potential of our people and resources.

“We must also thank both Sara and Lindsay for their significant commitment and contribution to SOSE, with both having been on the Board since SOSE was launched on 1 April 2020.”