Applications now open to help shape the future of the South of Scotland

People from a range of sectors are being encouraged to apply to become a member of the South of Scotland Regional Economic Partnership (REP). 

The REP is looking to appoint a total of eight external members, representing the following sectors:

  • Four private sector representatives
  • Two social enterprise representatives
  • Two community representatives

The REP is the forum that brings together a wide range of expertise and sets the direction of the regional economy across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

Part of the new-look REP’s role will be the delivery of the Regional Economic Strategy, which was launched last year and aims to take forward a fairer, greener and flourishing South of Scotland.

Applications to become a member of the REP are now open until 30 October 2022.

To view the full recruitment pack, visit https://bit.ly/3qU37fE, or for an informal discussion, email sosrep@sose.scot.

Co-Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Councillor Linda Dorward said:

“I would encourage partners and stakeholders to become involved, as their input and expertise is invaluable. A shared vision for the South of Scotland is the clear way forward to ensure a robust economic future for our region.”

Co-Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Councillor Stephen Thompson said:

“If you are passionate about fair and flourishing local communities, whatever your skills background, whether you have some volunteering expertise or experience at senior management level, anyone with an interest can get in touch and help shape our future.”

Leader of Scottish Borders Council, Councillor Euan Jardine said:

“It is important that the Partnership has a real variety of skills and experience from a range of sectors to ensure it best represents the South of Scotland, and applications will be welcomed from people right across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

“If you want to help shape the future of the region and its economic development please consider applying to become a member of the REP.”

Professor Russell Griggs OBE, Chair of SOSE added:

“We have already seen positive actions come from the Regional Economic Strategy, such as our new South of Scotland Cycling Partnership Strategy launched earlier this month.

“A partnership approach allows us to combine expertise, experience and resources in order for our area to benefit and maximise its potential in the most effective way.

“To keep doing the great things that are coming from the RES we need strong voices from across the South. If you are one of those, I would encourage you to apply.”

The eight new members from private sector, social enterprises and community groups will join Councillors from both local authorities, as well as Board Members from South of Scotland Enterprise and representatives from other agencies.

REP members will be appointed for two years. Meetings will be held throughout the South of Scotland, and online, a minimum of four times a year. The role is voluntary, but expenses will be paid.